Earth System Science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing Concentration, BS Requirements:
  • Earth System Science, GIS and Remote Sensing Concentration, BS degree requires 128 credit hours.
  • 39 of 128 credit hours must be taken at 300 level or higher (39 credits includes courses taken at the 300+ level in major, minor (if chosen), Pre professional area and electives).
  • 12 credit hours of 300 level and above must be taken in the major--or 6 credit hours in the major and 6 credit hours in the minor (if chosen).
  • 12 of the last 18 credit hours must be taken at UAH, with an overall 25% of coursework taken at UAH.
  • Unless otherwise noted a C- or better is required for all College of Science prerequisite courses.
  • No more than 64 credit hours from a two-year college can be applied toward a UAH degree. 
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.
Degree Requirements
Freshman Composition6
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION
Humanities and Fine Arts12
Fine Arts: Choose one3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature: Choose one3
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
MYTHOLOGY
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
Speech3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Humanities, 2nd Fine Art or 2nd Literature: PHL 102 or PHL 150 required for all ESS degrees. 3
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
Any WLC course 100 or 200 level 4
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
2nd Literature 1
2nd Fine Art
Mathematics and Sciences12
Mathematics 24
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences: Physics with Calculus I & II8
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
and
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
History and Social and Behavioral Sciences12
History: Choose one 13
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Choose two. GY 105 and GY 110 strongly recommended6
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
2nd History or 3rd Social and Behavioral Science: Choose one 33
2nd History 1
3rd Social and Behavioral Science 3
Pre Professional 21
Computer Science3
INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING
Technical Writing3
TECHNICAL WRITING
Ethics
Can count as Humanities requirement, see above
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
Additional Lab Science4
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
Additional Required Mathematics and Statistics11
CALCULUS B
ELEMENTS OF STATISTICAL ANALYS
PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS
and PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS LAB
STATISTICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES
Earth System Science Core24
ENVIR EARTH SCI FND & APPLICA
CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE
SEVERE & HAZARDOUS WEATHER
INTRO TO EARTH & ATMOSPHC PHYS
CLASSI & PHYSICAL CAUSES CLIM
INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING
UNDERGRAD CAPSTONE PROPOSAL
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
GIS and Remote Sensing Concentration Requirements26-27
HYDROLOGY
POLLUTION PROBLEMS
PYTHON FOR ID ESS APPLICATIONS
GIS & REMOTE SENSING
GEOSPATIAL APPLICATIONS
GIS and Remote Sensing concentration elective courses: Choose 4, 3 must be ESS11-12
ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHEOLOGY
SCI & SOC ASPTS NATRL DISASTER
ENV THRTS, PUB POLY, & DEC MKG
ADVANCED TOPICS IN GIS
SURVEYING
DATABASE SYSTEMS
SOC or PSC 400+ course
Elective Courses14-15
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
Total Semester Hours128
1

Students must take one literature and one history course. Students must also take either a second literature or history course to complete a sequence. (EH 207 + EH 208, EH 209 + EH 210, EH 242 + EH 208, EH 242 + EH 210, HY 103 + HY 104, or HY 221 + HY 222)

2

Based on Math placement, prerequisite MA 112 and/or MA 113 Mathematics courses may be required. 

3

No more than 6 credit hours can be taken in a single discipline.

4

 For choices see the World Languages and Cultures department.

Sample four year plan for Earth System Science, GIS & Remote Sensing Concentration, BS degree:

Note: This is only an example and variations are possible.

Year 1
FallSemester Hours
EH 101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION 3
ESS 103
103L
ENVIR EARTH SCI FND & APPLICA
and LABORATORY
4
ESS 111
111L
CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE
and CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHG LAB
4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
FYE 101CHARGER SUCCESS 1
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
EH 102FRESHMAN COMPOSITION 3
ESS 112SEVERE HAZARDOUS WEATHER 4
MA 172CALCULUS B 4
PH 111
PH 114
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
4
Elective  1
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 2
Fall
ESS 301INTRO TO EARTH ATMOSPHC PHYS 3
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
PH 112
PH 115
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
CS 102INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 3
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Spring
ESS 370INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING 3
MA 281ELEMENTS OF STATISTICAL ANALYS 3
  or ST 281  or ELEMENTS OF STAT ANALYSIS 
GY 105WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY 3
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
PHL 102INTRO TO ETHICS 3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Year 3
Fall
ESS 321POLLUTION PROBLEMS 3
GIS and Remote Sensing elective  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
GIS and Remote Sensing elective  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
GY 110PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 3
PY 300
300L
PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS
and PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS LAB
4
  or SOC 303  or STATISTICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES 
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
ESS 303CLASSI PHYSICAL CAUSES CLIM 3
ESS 413GIS REMOTE SENSING 3
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Fine art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  3
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Year 4
Fall
ESS 414GEOSPATIAL APPLICATIONS 3
ESS 408PYTHON FOR ID ESS APPLICATIONS 3
ESS 498UNDERGRAD CAPSTONE PROPOSAL 1
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 3
2nd History or 2nd Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  3
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
ESS 305HYDROLOGY 3
ESS 499UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH 2
GIS and Remote Sensing elective  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
GIS and Remote Sensing elective  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  3
Elective  3
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
 Total Semester Hours: 128