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B.S. in Earth System Science

Gain a fundamental understanding of the oceanographic, atmospheric, and terrestrial sciences. Students learn to apply basic sciences (physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology) to understand the major processes and systems governing the Earth’s climate, biogeochemical cycles, and global change.

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Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: Fall quarter admission
Tuition Fee: $ 45,540 
Location: IrvineCAUnited States

Students will learn to explain the current and projected future state of the Earth system in the context of past climate change and current human activities. Opportunities to participate in research are also available. The B.S. program provides students with a solid scientific understanding of Earth system science, which can lead to careers in science, research, or technical fields.

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“We envision a society that understands the impact of human activities on the Earth climate and environment, informs adaptation, mitigation, and sustainable development strategies, and educates the public and policy makers about preserving the habitability of the planet.”

Eric Rignot // Chair and Professor of Earth System Science

Courses include

  • Introduction to Earth System Science
  • Oceanography
  • The Atmosphere.
  • Physical Geology
  • Introduction to Global Climate Change
  • Hurricanes, Tsunamis, and Other Catastrophes
  • Introduction to Modeling the Earth System
  • On Thin Ice: Climate Change and the Cryosphere

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