Course Description

Introduction to Earth Systems Science, ESS 001

Introduction to basic principles of earth systems for non-science majors and prospective majors. A multidisciplinary approach that draws from geology, chemistry, physics, and biology to understand how the Earth functions as a complex system, and the role and impact of human beings on Earth systems.

Key Information

Credit: 6 quarter units / 4 semester units credit
UC Merced, Natural Sciences

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
Unit Credit

UC Irvine:
Unit Credit

UC Los Angeles:
General Education: Physical Science non-lab

UC Merced:
General Education: GE req for non-science majors
Major Preparation: Intro course for ESS major

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective units

UC San Diego:
General Education: Sixth - Analytic Methodologies; ERC Natural Science; Warren - May be counted depending on major/PofC; Muir: may petition to count as a course in an Environmental Studies GE sequence in natural sciences, Revelle Natural Science; TMC 1 course toward lower division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major; ERC - natural science

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Cruz:
Unit Credit



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Course Creator

J. Michael Beman
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