Earth System Science
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Gain a fundamental understanding of oceanographic, atmospheric, and terrestrial sciences
Prepare for a teaching career while earning your undergraduate degree.
Trekking through forests. Taking water samples at the beach. Analyzing the chemical content of samples. These activities illustrate the range of scientific exploration conducted by undergraduate students in Earth System Science (B.S.). ESS classes provide fundamental knowledge of oceanography, meteorology, geology, hydrology, and environmental science. Through lab and field activities, students gain an understanding of how individual aspects of the environment interact, including the influence of humans. Students have the opportunity to conduct independent research alongside expert faculty, graduate students, and researchers.
|"I really enjoy environmental sciences. I love the fact that it is so interdisciplinary. I've taken classes from atmospheric dynamics to microbiology. I love it!" - Alumni Quote|
What is Earth System Science (ESS) at UC Irvine?
- Atmospheric Science: meteorology and air pollution chemistry
- Ecosystem Science: terrestrial ecosystems and biogeochemistry
- Geography: spatial patterns of human impacts on the globe
- Hydrology: distribution and properties of water
- Ocean Science: chemistry, physics, and biology of the oceans
We take a systems approach, which means we study not only each individual component, but how they interact with one another.