Earth Sciences

Earth sciences encompass the study of climate change, volcanoes, earthquakes, landscape evolution, and the countless geologic processes that shape Earth and other planets over millions of years. The research tools are equally diverse, spanning high performance computing, sensor network development, satellite remote sensing, experimental petrology, geochemistry, and traditional boots-on-the-ground fieldwork.

The accelerating pace of data that describes these geological processes places data science squarely in the middle of an ongoing quantitative revolution. Now is an exciting time to get involved in the discipline.

In the earth sciences domain area, you will develop modern computational skills and apply them to an emphasis (spanning geophysics, geology, paleontology, and environmental geoscience) that suits your interests.

Domain Requirements

You will take three earth sciences domain core courses and four courses from the electives menu.

course title quarter offered*
ERTH 202 Earth’s Surface and Environment Winter, Spring
PHYS 201 or PHYS 251 General Physics or Foundations of Physics I Fall
ERTH 315 Earth Physics Winter

Earth Sciences Electives (choose four)

course title quarter offered*
ERTH 353 Geologic Hazards Fall, Winter or Spring
ERTH 415 Field Geophysics Spring
ERTH 438 Geobiology Not Offered in 22/23
ERTH 441 Hillslope Geomorphology Not Offered in 22/23
ERTH 453 Tectonics Not Offered in 22/23
ERTH 454 Fluid Dynamics Spring
ERTH 455 Mechanical Earth Fall
ERTH 456 Signal Processing Not Offered in 22/23
ERTH 467 Fault Mechanics Fall
DSCI 411 ** Data Science Capstone  

* Course schedules are subject to change.

** Students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher overall in all data science degree courses are eligible.