2021-22 Courses Offered

The projected class schedule (included below) provides the basis for the official Schedule of Classes. For the most current information, please see the Web Schedule of Classes.

Courses in Earth System Science (EarthSS) can be taken to satisfy a variety of general education requirements. Please consult the appropriate catalog for specific requirements in your degree, or contact your Academic Counselor (or academic counseling office) for more information.

See in the UC Irvine catalog for a complete listing of courses in the current catalog.

Fall 2021 Course Name Instructor
EarthSS 1v Introduction to Earth System Science Ferguson, Julie
EarthSS 17 Hurricanes, Tsunamis and Other Catastrophes Crook, Elizabeth
EarthSS 21 On Thin Ice: Climate Change & the Cryosphere Ferguson, Julie
EarthSS 40A Earth System Chemistry Druffel, Ellen
EarthSS 45 New Student Seminar Ferguson, Julie
EarthSS 51 Land Interactions Czimczik, Claudia
EarthSS 116 Data Analysis For Earth Sciences Pritchard, Mike
EarthSS 114 Earth System Science Laboratory & Field Methods Goulden, Mike
EarthSS 134 Fundamentals of GIS in Environmental Sciences Crook, Elizabeth
EarthSS 140 Geology Johnson, Kathleen
EarthSS 142 Atmospheric Chemistry Saltzman, Eric
EarthSS 154 Ecosystem Services Egoh, Benis
EarthSS 168 Physiological Plant Ecology Huxman, Travis
EarthSS 192 Careers in ESS TBA

Advising Notes for Fall 2021

In-person Classes
The University is preparing to be back in-person for Fall 2021. You'll see most of the courses across campus will be offered in-person. If you have a documented reason beyond your control (immigration, financial, etc.) to explain why you cannot return to campus in the Fall, please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at uciteachingquestions@uci.edu.

Courses with Overlapping Times
ESS will not allow students to register for courses with conflicting times in Fall 2021, even if the other course is asynchronous.

Hybrid: ESS 134
All major courses will be offered in-person except for ESS 134. ESS 134 is being offered in a hybrid model. Lecture will be remote, and you have your choice of an in-person or remote lab. The virtual lab is asynchronous, and the in-person lab is section 2 (course code 42146).

Incorrect Prereqs Posted
ESS is working with the Registrar's office to correct the posted prereqs for ESS 140 and ESS 168. If you meet the correct prereqs (listed below), please contact studentaffairs@ess.uci.edu if you have issues registering on your registration date.
ESS 140 should read (ESS 51 or ESS 70B) AND (No ESS 7)
ESS 168 should read (ESS 51 OR Bio Sci 94 OR ESS 40B)

You are encouraged to use ZotChat to connect with Physical Science Student Affairs for your academic advising. For ESS related questions, Melanie Nakanishi, ESS Student Affairs Manager, will have virtual office hours on Mondays at 10am and Wednesdays at 2pm for the remainder of Spring quarter. Office hours are held at https://uci.zoom.us/my/mnakanishi.

Winter 2022 Course Name Instructor
EarthSS 3 Oceanography Ferguson, Julie
EarthSS 15 Introduction to Global Climate Change Egoh, Benis
EarthSS 23 Air Pollution: From Urban Smog to Global Change Guenther, Alex
EarthSS 40B Earth System Biology Crook, Elizabeth
EarthSS 53 Ocean Biogeochemistry Moore, Keith
EarthSS 70B Sustainable Food and Water Systems Brando, Paulo
EarthSS 116 Data Analysis for Earth Sciences Baldwin, Jane
EarthSS 124 Weather Analysis Yu, Jin-Yi
EarthSS 132 Terrestrial Hydrology Ferguson, Julie
EarthSS 138 Remote Sensing Zender, Charlie
EarthSS 148 Marine Ecosystems Mackey, Kate
EarthSS 162 Impact of Climate Change on California's Landscape Goulden, Michael
EarthSS 177W Documenting & Understanding Earth System Change Crook, Elizabeth
Spring 2022 Course Name Instructor
EarthSS 3 Oceanography Martiny, Adam
EarthSS 5 The Atmosphere Crook, Elizabeth
EarthSS 7 Physical Geology Johnson, Kathleen
EarthSS 17 Hurricanes, Tsunamis and Other Catastrophes Crook, Elizabeth
EarthSS 40C Earth System Physics Ferguson, Julie
EarthSS 55 Earth's Atmosphere Zender, Charlie
EarthSS 70A Sustainable Energy Systems Davis, Steve
EarthSS 115 Aquatic Methods Mackey, Kate
EarthSS 122 Atmospheric Dynamics Magnusdottir, Gudrun
EarthSS 144 Marine Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry Druffel, Ellen
EarthSS 146 Consequences of Air Pollution Kim, Saewung
EarthSS 156 Future of Forests Brando, Paulo
EarthSS 164 Ecosystem Ecology Allison, Steve
EarthSS XXX TBA Guenther, Alex
EarthSS 192 Careers in ESS TBA

The Department of Earth System Science acknowledges our presence on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Acjachemen and Tongva peoples, who still hold strong cultural, spiritual and physical ties to this region.