Earth System Science
Earth System Science views the Earth as a planetary-scale system of interrelated phenomena, governed by complex processes involving the Geosphere, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere and. Biosphere. The Earth System Science approach emphasizes relevant interactions of chemical, physical, and biological processes that extend over spatial scales from microns to the size of planetary orbits, and over time scales of milliseconds to billions of years. The Earth System paradigm has become widely accepted as an important framework for posing disciplinary and interdisciplinary questions related to developing a healthy and sustainable existence for humankind.
All students majoring or minoring in an ESSC program, without exception, must meet with an adviser to construct a formal Program of Study, preferably before their second semester in the program and definitely before their third semester. This is particularly important because some upper-level ESSC courses are not offered every semester, in some cases being offered only on an every-other-year basis. ESSC programs include the following: Geology Major (and all associated concentrations), Earth Science Major, Earth Science Secondary Teaching Major, Geology Minor, Earth Science Minor, Earth Science Secondary Teaching Minor.Download the Earth Science brochure (PDF).