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Environmental Systems Science, Earth and Climate Science Emphasis, B.S.


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To receive the B.S. in Environmental Systems Sciences students must adhere to General Education  and School of Natural Sciences Requirements . The Environmental Systems Science program consists of 81-92 units with a minimum of 25 courses designed to give all students a common foundation of core knowledge specific to the discipline.

Environmental Systems Science, Earth and Climate Science Emphasis, B.S. Four-Year Course Plan  

Requirements for the Environmental Systems Science Major


Biological or Environmental Systems Science Requirement [4 units]


Complete one of the following courses:

Environmental Systems Science Requirement [4 units]


Complete one lower division ESS course from the following, with *indicating courses recommended for the Earth and Climate Science emphasis track and ^indicating courses recommended for the Ecosystem Science emphasis track:

General Chemistry Requirement [8 units]


Complete the following two chemistry courses:

Computer Science Requirement [2-4 units]


Complete one of the following computer science courses:

Mathematics Requirement [8 units]


Complete Calculus I and II:

Probability and Statistics Requirement [4-5 units]


Complete one of the following courses:

Requirements for Earth and Climate Science Emphasis


Upper Division Major Core Requirements [13 Units]


Complete all of the following courses:

Upper Division Elective Courses [15-20 Units]


Additional Degree Requirement [11-17 Units]


Natural Sciences or Engineering Course Requirement [9-12 units]


Complete one additional lower-division and two additional upper-division Natural Sciences or Engineering courses. Relevant courses outside of Natural Sciences or Engineering may be allowed with approval.

Transfer Students


To be admitted to the Environmental Systems Science major transfer students must meet the following requirements:

Applicants will, at the time of admission have completed at minimum each of the following courses (or their equivalent) with a “C-” or better:

Additional Information


Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 in transferable courses. A one-year series of algebra or trigonometry-based physics may also be accepted in place of PHYS 8/8L or PHYS 18/18L. Any outstanding General Education and Major preparation coursework will be completed at UC Merced. Students should also consult the Information for Prospective Students link on the School of Natural Sciences website naturalsciences.ucmerced.edu for more information.

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