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Earth System Science

Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Curriculum

The Earth System Science department does not have an undergraduate program.  However, many of its faculty teach in the popular, interdisciplinary Earth Systems Program, which offers a BS and co-terminal MS degree. The program is a model for cross-disciplinary education, engaging faculty throughout the university in the teaching of global environmental challenges, integrated Earth Systems processes, sustainable practices, and solutions to environmental problems. Visit the Earth Systems Program page for more information.

Field learning

Stanford undergraduates have opportunities to learn and research on all seven continents exploring the oceans, ice, landforms, food security and more.

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Learning by Doing in Alaska

A sophomore college experience

See what it's like

Get a taste of In the age of the Anthropocene: Coupled human natural systems of southeast Alaska, a powerful, immersive  course at the edge of wilderness (above). The field learning, led by Earth System Science professor Rob Dunbar, aims to help Stanford students understand the connections between humans, nature and sustainability.  And check out the experience of students in Dunbar's Ecology and management of coral reefs in Palau course (below).

Coral classroom

Students explore Palau's extensive coral reefs in a sophomore college field course

Anahid Babekian
Anahid Babekian
Earth Systems Program
Assistant Director of Student Services


If you have questions about the Earth Systems Program, please contact Anahid Babekian at

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