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Frequently Asked Questions|Earth System Science

Question: What kind of jobs will I be able to get with a bachelor's degree in ESS? ESS

Answer: See Job Opportunities.

Question: I have another year of high school. What classes do you suggest that I take in order to prepare for a major in ESS?

Answer: Any classes in math, sciences and English will help prepare you for an undergraduate ESS major.

Question: Is there any financial aid offered to ESS undergraduates?

Answer: Yes, you can apply  for general financial aid in the department of your area of concentration.

Question: Is ESS another one of those "soft" environmental sciences?

Answer: No, ESS is a rigorous environmental science degree incorporating rigorous math and science courses as well as practical experience in its program, giving you breadth in the industry.

Question: How and by when do I need to pick a concentration?

Answer: Students generally begin taking concentration courses in the second semester of the freshman year. Even though the course is not a requirement, ESS 1000 is a great class to explore your interests within the ESS concentrations as it is not specific to a single topic, but provides a good overview. It also brings you in contact with specialists from each concentration from all over campus. It is possible to switch to a different concentration later, but the curricula for each concentration are set up quite rigorously, with some courses only offered once a year, possibly making it hard to still graduate within 4 years.

Question: Are field trips part of the ESS curriculum?

Answer: Yes, a field trip is part of a couple of courses, including the Capstone course.

 capstone-tripESS students examine sublimation effects by measuring snow isotopes during a Capstone class field trip. 





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