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 Winter 2022

In-person Classes

More than 90% of the University courses are being taught in-person for Winter 2022. ESS 15 is the only course being offered online. All major courses will be taught in-person.

Courses with Overlapping Times

ESS will not allow students to register for courses with conflicting times in Winter 2022, even if the other course is asynchronous.

Correct Prereqs Posted

The correct prereqs are posted on the Schedule of Classes. If you’re off-sequence from changing your major, email studentaffairs@ess.uci.edu to request prerequisite exceptions. Note, it would be an exception, it is not a guarantee.

Earth & Atmospheric Science Minor

Students in the Earth & Atmospheric Science minor that meet prerequisites, can email studentaffairs@ess.uci.edu to bypass major restrictions for their ESS electives.


You are encouraged to use ZotChat to connect with Physical Science Student Affairs for your academic advising. For ESS related questions, contact ESS Student Affairs at studentaffairs@ess.uci.edu.

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 141 Air Quality Management 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.