School of Computational Sciences
Earth Systems Science, M.S.
The interdisciplinary master's program in Earth systems science (ESS) is offered
jointly by SCS and the College of Arts and Sciences (Environmental Science and
Policy; Department of Geography). This degree program addresses the growing national
and regional demand for trained professionals in Earth systems science and applications.
The ESS M.S. degree emphasizes a research-oriented global systems approach to
the study of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere, including their interrelationships
and their interactions with the biosphere. Emphasis is on the observation and
quantitative analysis of Earth systems. Students completing the program are qualified
to pursue careers that require knowledge of the basics of Earth systems science
and the requisite tools. Students are encouraged to undertake either an optional
master's thesis for more in-depth studies or a research project. In the latter
case, students will have to pass a qualifying exam.
Candidates must successfully complete 30 credit hours as follows:
- 9 credit hours of Earth science core: CSI 655, 656, and 657
- 3 credit hours of Earth observation courses: CSI 753 or GEOG 579
- 3 credit hours of quantitative techniques courses: CSI 754 or GEOG 585
- 3 credit hours of human and biological perspectives courses: one of CSI 750,
759; EVPP 577, 636; GEOG 575, 670
- 3 credit hours of colloquium/seminar: CSI 899 and 792
- 3-6 credit hours of research: CSI 798 or 799
- General electives