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Oceans and Climate (formerly Oceans)

Foundation & Breadth

  • BIO 81 or BIO 47H or HUMBIO 2A & 2B or EARTHSYS 116
  • CHEM 31A & 31B or 31X
  • ECON 1
  • GS 1 or GS 4 or EARTHSYS 117 or EARTHSYS 128
  • MATH 19, 20, 21 
  • CME 100 (preferred), or MATH 51 and 52 (MATH 52 not required if CME 100 completed)
  • PHYSICS 41, and PHYSICS 45 or GEOPHYS 110
  • Statistics: BIO 174H or ECON 102A or STATS 101 or STATS 110 or 116 or 141
  • EARTHSYS 111
  • EARTHSYS 112
  • EARTHSYS 210A, B, or C (Senior Capstone & Reflection)
  • EARTHSYS 210P (Capstone Project)
  • EARTHSYS 260 (Internship) 
  • WIM: EARTHSYS 200, EARTHSYS 191, EARTHSYS 177C, EARTHSYS 149, EARTHSYS 135, or another designated WIM course in a related department- must be approved by an advisor. Your WIM course may not also count towards your track or electives, if counted as a WIM.

(These courses must be taken for a letter grade: EARTHSYS 10, 111, 112, 210 A/B/C, WIM)


All track courses and electives must be taken for a letter grade. Six track courses and two electives (eight courses total), and the field experience are required for the Oceans track.

Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate

Choose One:

  • CEE 63: Weather and Storms *(Students are discouraged from taking CEE 63 in 2017.18. EARTHSYS 164 is not offered in 2017.18, so EARTHSYS 146A and EARTHSYS 146B should be taken to fulfill these track requirements instead.)
  • EARTHSYS 146A (preferred): Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Atmospheric Circulation

Physics of the Ocean

Choose One:

  • EARTHSYS 164: Introduction to Physical Oceanography *(Not given in 2017.18. Students must take EARTHSYS 146A and EARTHSYS 146B instead.)
  • EARTHSYS 146B: Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Ocean Circulation

Spatial Analysis

  • EARTHSYS 141: Remote Sensing of the Ocean

Biological Oceanography

Choose one:

  • BIOHOPK 163H: Oceanic Biology
  • EARTHSYS 151 (preferred): Biological Oceanography

 *(EARTHSYS 151 and 152 should be taken at the same time.)

Marine Chemistry

  • EARTHSYS 152: Marine Chemistry

Human Dimensions

Choose One:

  • BIOHOPK 173H: Marine Conservation Biology
  • BIOHOPK 280: Short Course on Ocean Policy
  • CEE 175A: California Coast: Science, Policy, and Law
  • EARTHSYS 243: Environmental Advocacy and Policy Communication
  • LAW 2506: Sustainable Management of Natural Resources– SENIORS only. See Deana (or for enrollment information.

Field Experience

Choose at least one:

  • 1 quarter at Stanford @ SEA
  • 1 quarter abroad at BOSP Australia
  • 1 quarter at the Hopkins Marine Station

*Courses taken during Stanford @ Sea and BOSP Australia cannot be substituted for track requirements but can count toward electives.


TWO additional courses at the 100-level or above are required. Electives allow students to personalize their Earth Systems curriculum by pursuing higher-level courses offered in their focus area, or by incorporating new academic perspectives. Each must be a minimum of 3 units. See program staff for listing of possible electives.

Track Updated 7/2017