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Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability

  1. Description
  2. Application
  3. Curriculum
  4. Tuition

Curriculum: ESE students take a total of between 49-59 hours in the major:

  • 1. ESE Introductory Core (12-14 hours)
  • 2. ESE coursework (7 hours)
  • 3. ESE Advanced Courses (15-20 hours)
  • 4. ONE of the SAE concentration or SES concentration (15-18 hours)
1. ESE Introductory Core (12-14 hours total)
ESE Introductory Core: Students take one approved introductory course from at least four of the following five areas:
  • Environment and the Human Response
  • Sustainability, Policy, and Global Change
  • Earth's Physical Systems, Resources, and Hazards
  • Visualizing the Earth System
  • Earth's Biosphere and Ecology
2. ESE Coursework (7 hours total)
  • ESE 200, Earth Systems (3 hours)
  • ESE/GEOG 379, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4 hours)
3. ESE Advanced Courses (15-20 hours total)
A minimum of FIVE (5) 300- and 400-level courses, from the approved list and in an academically coherent program approved by an advisor, are required. At least three of these five advanced courses must be listed or cross-listed as an ESE course. These courses should be used to help meet the LAS requirement of 21 hours of 300- or 400-level courses overall, and 12 hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the major. It is strongly recommended that students complete the LAS requirement with 21 hours of 300- or 400-level courses related to the ESE curriculum. Students are encouraged to take ESE 401 (ESE Capstone) to count towards this requirement. ESE 401 allows students to get course credit for senior thesis or internship experiences - talk to your advisor to find out more. 4. Choose one concentration: either SAE or SES
Society and the Environment (SAE) Concentration (15-18 hours)
  • STAT 100 or SOC 280 (3 hours)
  • ECON 102 (3 hours)
  • THREE Introductory Social Sciences. Any three courses from:
    • ANTH 102
    • GEOG 101
    • GEOG 104
    • PHIL 101
    • PS 100
    • SOC 100
It is also recommended, but not required that SAE students take CHEM 101 or 102.
Science of the Earth System (SES) Concentration (16-18 hours)
  • CHEM 102 (3 hours)
  • CHEM 103 (1 hour)
  • MATH 220 or MATH 221 (4-5 hours)
  • STAT 100 (3 hours)
  • PHYS 101 or PHYS 211 (4-5 hours)
It is also recommended, but not required, that SES students take ECON 102.

Following are the introductory class lists that fulfill the ESE introductory core requirements:
ESE Introductory Core Class lists
•Environment and the Human Response
  • GEOG 106 Geographies Globalization
  • GEOG 210 Contemp Social & Env Problems
  • NRES 287 Environment and Society
  • ACE 210 Environmental Economics
  • ACE 251 The World Food Economy
  • HIST 202 American Environmental History
  • HIST 282 Nature and American Culture
  • SOC 160 Global Ineq and Social Change
• Sustainability, Policy, and Global Change
  • ANTH 278 Climate Change & Civilization
  • ATMS 140 Climate and Global Change
  • GEOL 208 Earth System History
  • GEOG 214 Conserv Natural Resources
  • NPRE 101 Energy Sources
  • NPRE 201 Energy Systems
  • PS 225 Environmental Politics
  • LA 250 Environmental Site Analysis
  • SOC 270 Population Issues
•Earth's Physical Systems, Resources, and Hazards
  • ATMS 100 Introduction to Meteorology
  • ATMS 120 Severe and Unusual Weather
  • ATMS 201 General Meteorology
  • GEOG 103 Earth’s Physical System
  • GEOG 222 Big Rivers of the World
  • GEOL 100 Planet Earth
  • GEOL 101 Introductory Physical Geology
  • GEOL 103 Planet Earth QR II
  • GEOL 104 Geology of the National Parks
  • GEOL 107 Physical Geology
  • GEOL 117 The Oceans
  • GEOL 118 Natural Disasters
• Visualizing the Earth System
  • GEOG 105 The Digital Earth
• Earth's Biosphere and Ecology
  • GEOL 143 History of Life
  • ESE 126 Extinction: Dinosaurs to Dodos
  • IB 100 Biological Sciences
  • IB 101 Biological Sciences
  • IB 102 Plants, People & Environment
  • IB 103 Introduction to Plant Biology
  • IB 105 Environmental Biology
  • IB 107 Global Warming, Biofuels, Food
  • IB 150 Organismal & Evolutionary Biol
  • MCB 150 Molec & Cellular Basis of Life

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