Earth Systems

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Earth Systems

Program Code: ES170

Program Type: Undergraduate

Department: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics

Faculty: Earth Sciences

Accreditation: BSc

Program Duration: 3 Year

Program Location: Austin

Starting Dates: March, August

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Program overview

The Earth Systems Program is an interdisciplinary environmental science major. Students learn about and independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human activities in interaction with natural changes in the Earth system. Earth Systems majors become skilled in those areas of science, economics, and policy needed to tackle the globe's most pressing environmental problems, becoming part of a generation of scientists, professionals, and citizens who approach and solve problems in a new way: a systematic, interdisciplinary way.

Entry Requirements
  • GPA requirement varies by program
  • Some programs require a GRE, GMAT, or other standardized test 
Program Schedule
  • EARTHSYS 10 - Introduction to Earth Systems
  • EARTHSYS 111 - Biology and Global Change
  • EARTHSYS 112 - Human Society and Environmental Change
  • EARTHSYS 210 - Senior Seminar
  • EARTHSYS 260 - Internship
  • WIM: EARTHSYS 200 or 195

All students must complete programs in the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Geological and Environmental Sciences
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
Program Tutors
  • Gerardo S. Mandel
  • Roy J. Pelletier
  • Jonathan D. Hennigan
  • Walter G. Rose
Learning Outcomes

The program expects majors to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the program's undergraduate degree. Students are expected to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of foundational skills and concepts relevant to interdisciplinary study of the environment.
  2. analyze environmental problems at the interface of natural and human systems in an interdisciplinary fashion.
  3. demonstrate the ability to communicate complex concepts and data to expert and non-expert audiences.
  4. apply relevant science, economics, engineering, and policy to problem analysis and proposed solutions, both independently and as part of a team.

The cost of full-time study (9 or more credit hours) for Academic Year 2014-2015 is:

  • $12,500* (In-State)
  • $28,000* (Out-of-State) 

*Students are also required to register for a minimum of 2 credit hours during the summer session. Full-time enrollment is considered 3 credit hours. Summer 2015 tuition rates are $430 per credit hour (in-state students) and $1,100 per credit hour (out-of-state students) plus an $80 comprehensive/registration fee.

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