BS Earth System Science

University of Washington, Bothell

Date Posted: June 13, 2022
Submitted by: Lillian Makhoul
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree


The Bachelor of Science in Earth System Science (ESS) offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how our planet is shaped through natural and human processes. Students explore the intersection of critical geophysical, biogeochemical, and socio-environmental processes through courses that address the challenges of living on a rapidly changing planet.

ESS students learn to apply systems thinking, spatial analysis, and other natural and social science methodologies as they examine the interactions among humans and earth systems, evaluate the sustainability and resilience of living and built systems, and design solutions to our biggest environmental challenges. The ESS major features experiential learning that takes place in natural environments. These emphases on field work and the human dimensions of the earth system are the unique characteristics of the UW Bothell ESS degree.

The ESS degree program is jointly administered by the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) and the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). with teaching and research contributions from faculty members in both schools.

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