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Earth Systems Program

Investigate the complex interaction of humans and nature.

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The Earth Systems Program is an interdisciplinary environmental science major and coterminal masters program. Students learn about and independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human activities in conjunction with natural changes in the Earth system.

Student advising

One on one advising is a hallmark of our program. Meet with a friendly and knowledgeable student advisor, the Student Services Manager, or an Earth Systems faculty member to discuss your academic plans.

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Research opportunities

Learn more about our Earth Systems Scholars Award just for Earth Systems Program students.

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Careers

Earth Systems alumni are highly competitive in the job market and find fulfilling, impactful positions throughout the world.

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Earth Systems Program news

Summer reading: Illuminating our planet and paths toward sustainability

Faculty at Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences recommend these 24 books for your summer reading.

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Stanford Earth dean urges graduates: Turn challenges into opportunities

Graduates of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences have the knowledge and skills to create an environmentally just and sustainable world for everyone, according to Dean Stephan Graham.

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Dustin Schroeder, Thomas Hayden receive Excellence in Teaching Awards

Recipients of the school’s annual Excellence in Teaching Awards are selected based on nominations from students, faculty, and alumni.

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Wilderness writer Craig Childs visits Stanford's Wild Writing class

Earth Systems MS student Samantha Faul reflected on a recent visit of writer Craig Childs to an environmental writing class taught by Richard Nevle and Emily Polk that explores and interrogates nature and wilderness through readings, discussion, and creative nonfiction writing.

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