The Earth Systems Science Pathway (ESS) is an interdisciplinary field of study that examines the physical and chemical nature of the environment in various media (as well as atmosphere, rivers, lakes, oceans, soils, and lithosphere), their interaction with each other and with biological systems. ESS emphasizes the examination of human impacts on these complex environmental processes and the long term sustainability of living systems.
- One quarter of Calculus (B CUSP 124 or equivalent)
- Three quarters of the General Chemistry sequence (B CHEM 142, 152, 162 or equivalent)
- One Introductory Earth System Science course (BIS 242 or Physical Geography or Oceanography or equivalent)
- One Introductory Environmental Studies course (BIS 240 or BIS 243 or equivalent)
- One quarter of Introductory Biology (B BIO 180 or equivalent)
- One quarter of Introductory Physics (B PHYS 114 or equivalent)
- A second quarter of Introductory Physics (B PHYS 115 or equivalent) OR a second quarter of Calculus (B CUSP 125 or equivalent)
Environmental Science Core Requirements (27 Credits)
- BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry* (5 credits)
- BES 301 Science Methods and Practice (5 credits)
- BIS 315 Understanding Statistics (5 credits)
- BES 303 Environmental Monitoring Practicum (2 credits)
- BES 312 Ecology (5 credits)
- BIS 342 Geographic Information Systems OR BES 439 Computer Modeling & Visualization in Environmental Science (5 credits)
ESS Core Course Requirements (15 Credits)
- BES 311 Environmental Chemistry (5 credits)
- BES 315 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (5 credits)
- BES 318 Hydrogeology (5 credits)
ESS Distribution Requirements (25 Credits)
- Environmental Science (5 credits)
- Methods & Practices (10 credits)
- Society & Environment (5 credits)
- Environmental Policy & Management (5 credits)
Capstone (13 Credits)
- BES 462, 463, 464 Capstone or approved Independent Research
- BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone (3 credits)**
General Electives (10 Credits)
TOTAL = 90 Credits
*Should be taken in the first quarter of IAS enrollment.
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) Requirements & Policies
Interdisciplinary Practice & Reflection (IPR)
Within the above-listed 90 credits, students must complete the IPR requirement.
Areas of Knowledge
25 credits must be completed in each Area of Knowledge. At least 10 credits in each Area must be completed in courses offered by UW Bothell. The Areas of Knowledge are: Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals and Societies (I&S), and Natural World (NW).
Multiply-designated courses may not be double-counted as fulfilling two Areas of Knowledge. Courses may apply to both an Area of Knowledge requirement and an ESS major requirement.
Lower Division Credit Policy
Up to 35 credits of lower division (100-200 level) coursework taken at UW Bothell may be applied toward designated requirements within the 90 program credits. Please contact an IAS advisor for details.
With the exception of the General Electives, courses taken to satisfy ESS major requirements must be completed in matriculated status.
Admitted prior to Autumn Quarter, 2012?
Students admitted to the ESS major prior to Autumn 2012 may be eligible to complete an older set of major requirements. Students with questions about their major requirements should contact an IAS advisor.