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
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING II
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, PHL 150 or PHL 201 recommended for 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
MATH PROFESSIONAL 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 17
Computer Science: Choose one3
INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING
INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA
Technical Writing3
TECHNICAL WRITING
Additional Lab Science: Choose one4
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
or
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
Additional Required Statistics7
ELEMENTS OF STATISTICAL ANALYS
PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS
and PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS LAB
STATISTICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES
Earth System Science Core18
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
and LABORATORY
CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE
and LABORATORY
INTRO TO EARTH & ATMOSPHC PHYS
CLASSI & PHYSICAL CAUSES CLIM
INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING
RESEARCH & PROF DEV CAPSTONE
Human Dimensions and Societal Impacts Concentration Requirements18
COLLAPSE OF CIVILIZATIONS
HYDROLOGY
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (Geographic Information Systems)
POLLUTION PROBLEMS
SCI & SOC ASPTS NATRL DISASTER
ENV THRTS, PUB POLY, & DEC MKG
Choose 6 courses, 3 must be ESS18
ESS 200+ level or higher course
BYS 200+ level or higher course
CS 200+ level or higher course
HY 300+ level or higher course
PSC 300+ level or higher course
SOC 300+ level or higher course
Elective Courses15-16
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 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
ESS 103
103L
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
and LABORATORY
4
ESS 111
111L
CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE
and LABORATORY
4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
FYE 101CHARGER SUCCESS 1
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 3
ESS 212
212L
SEVERE WEATHER ANALYSIS
and LABORATORY
4
CH 101
CH 105
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
4
  or CH 121  or GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 
Social and Behavioral Science  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Fine art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Year 2
Fall
ESS 210COLLAPSE OF CIVILIZATIONS 3
PH 101
101L
GENERAL PHYSICS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS I LAB
4
MA 281ELEMENTS OF STATISTICAL ANALYS 3
CS 102INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 3
  or CS 103  or INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA 
Social and Behavioral Science  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
ESS 301INTRO TO EARTH ATMOSPHC PHYS 3
ESS 313GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS 3
PH 102
102L
GENERAL PHYSICS II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 3
Fall
ESS 321POLLUTION PROBLEMS 3
ESS 402SCI SOC ASPTS NATRL DISASTER 3
ESS 414GEOSPATIAL APPLICATIONS 3
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
History  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 407ENV THRTS, PUB POLY, DEC MKG 3
Humanities, 2nd Fine art or 2nd Lit  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Human Dimensions and Soc Impacts Elective  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
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 4
Fall
Human Dimensions and Soc Impacts Elective  3
Human Dimensions and Soc Impacts Elective  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 3
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: 15
Spring
ESS 305HYDROLOGY 3
ESS 498RESEARCH PROF DEV CAPSTONE 1
PY 300
300L
PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS
and PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS LAB
4
  or SOC 303  or STATISTICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES 
Human Dimensions and Soc Impacts 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