Earth System Science, Human Dimensions and Societal Impacts Concentration, BS Requirements:
  • Earth System Science, Human Dimensions and Societal Impacts 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 Sciences11-12
Mathematics: Choose one 23-4
CALCULUS WITH APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences: Choose one sequence in Physics8
GENERAL PHYSICS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS II
or
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 26
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 Science: Choose one4
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
or
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
Additional Required Statistics: Choose two7-8
ELEMENTS OF STATISTICAL ANALYS
PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS
and PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS LAB
STATISTICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES
Additional Social and Behavioral Sciences: One course below may also count as 3rd Soc/Beh science above. 6
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
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
Human Dimensions and Societal Impacts Concentration Requirements24
COLLAPSE OF CIVILIZATIONS
SCI & SOC ASPTS NATRL DISASTER
ENV THRTS, PUB POLY, & DEC MKG
GIS & REMOTE SENSING
GEOSPATIAL APPLICATIONS
Choose 3 courses from the following, one must be ESS9
PEOPLE, PLANTS, & ENVIRONMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHEOLOGY
POLLUTION PROBLEMS
PYTHON FOR ID ESS APPLICATIONS
APPLI COMPUTERS IN METEOROLOGY
ADVANCED TOPICS IN GIS
ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCIOLOGY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
ADVANCED TOPICS IN PSC
AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
CAREER DEVELOPMENT
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
PSC 200+
Elective Courses14-16
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. If the student intends to pursue a course of study requiring more advanced mathematics background, MA 171 is recommended. Otherwise, MA 120 may be used to meet this requirement.

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, Human Dimensions and Societal Impacts 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
SOC 100INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3
GY 105WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY 3
Fine art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 2
Fall
ESS 210COLLAPSE OF CIVILIZATIONS 3
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
PH 101
101L
GENERAL PHYSICS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS I LAB
4
GY 110PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 3
SOC 105INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 3
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Spring
ESS 301INTRO TO EARTH ATMOSPHC PHYS 3
PH 102
102L
GENERAL PHYSICS II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
CS 102INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 3
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 3
Fall
ESS 300+ level or higher course  3
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
PSC 101INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 3
ST 281ELEMENTS OF STAT ANALYSIS 3
  or MA 281  or ELEMENTS OF STATISTICAL ANALYS 
2nd History or 2nd Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
ESS 303CLASSI PHYSICAL CAUSES CLIM 3
ESS 370INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING 3
ESS 413GIS REMOTE SENSING 3
PHL 102INTRO TO ETHICS 3
PY 300
300L
PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS
and PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS LAB
4
  or SOC 303  or STATISTICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES 
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 4
Fall
ESS 402SCI SOC ASPTS NATRL DISASTER 3
ESS 414GEOSPATIAL APPLICATIONS 3
Human Dimensions and Soc Impacts Elective  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
ESS 498UNDERGRAD CAPSTONE PROPOSAL 1
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 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: 16
Spring
ESS 407ENV THRTS, PUB POLY, DEC MKG 3
Human Dimensions and Soc Impacts elective  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
ESS 499UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH 2
Elective  3
Elective  3
Elective  2
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
 Total Semester Hours: 128