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Oceans and Climate (formerly Oceans)

Foundation & Breadth

  • BIO 41 or BIO 43 or BIO 43H or BIO 101 or EARTHSYS 30 or HUMBIO 2A & 2B or EARTHSYS 116
  • CHEM 31A & 31B or 31X
  • ECON 1
  • GS 1 or GS 4 or EARTHSYS 117
  • MATH 19, 20, 21 or 41, 42
  • 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
  • EARTHSYS 146A (preferred): Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Atmospheric Circulation

Physics of the Ocean

Choose One:

  • EARTHSYS 164: Introduction to Physical Oceanography
  • EARTHSYS 146B: Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Ocean Circulation
  • (EARTHSYS 146B can be taken in addition to EARTHSYS 164 and would count as an elective.)

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
  • EARTHSYS 175: California Coast: Science, Policy, and Law
  • EARTHSYS 243: Environmental Advocacy and Policy Communication
  • LAW 2506: Sustainable Management of Natural Resources– SENIORS only. See Kristin (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 1/2017