Earth System Science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing Concentration, BS Requirements:
  • All students are encouraged to see an advisor after completion of 24 credits.

  • 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

Charger Foundations Requirements
*Please see Area V for CoS requirements that can also be used to fulfill Charger Foundations Requirements.

Area I: Freshman Composition3-6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING I W/STUDIO
COLLEGE WRITING II
ACCELERATED COLLEGE WRITING
HONORS ENGLISH SEMINAR
Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts*12
Fine Arts3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature3-6
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL I
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL 2
MYTHOLOGY
Humanities and Fine Arts3-6
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:RUSSIAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:GERMAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG: JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTERM FORGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WORLDS
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Area III: Mathematics and Sciences11-12
Mathematics3-4
NATURE OF MATHEMATICS
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences (Lab)8
SURVEY OF ASTRONOMY
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
GENERAL, ORGANIC, BIOCHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
WEATHER, CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHNG
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
Area IV: History and Social and Behavioral Sciences*12
History3-6
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences6-9
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO TO CRIMINOLOGY
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

* Take either 1 EH (Area II) + 2 HY (Area IV) <OR> 2 EH (Area II) + 1 HY (Area IV). Take no more than six hours in a single discipline in Area II or Area IV.

Area V: Pre Professional Requirements 

Courses in this area may also be used to fulfill Charger Foundations requirements
Communications3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Mathematics 28
CALCULUS A
CALCULUS B
Statistics6-7
ELEMENTS OF STATISTICAL ANALYS
and
INTRO SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTIC
Chemistry4
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I 5
Physics 8
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I 5
and
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II 5
Computer Science: choose one3
INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING
INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA
INTRO TO CS USING PYTHON
*CS 104 strongly reccomended
Technical Writing3
TECHNICAL WRITING

 Major Requirements

Earth System Science Core20
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
and LABORATORY
WEATHER, CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHNG
and LABORATORY
DATA ANALYSIS TOOLS
INTRO TO EARTH & ATMOSPHC PHYS
CLASSI & PHYSICAL CAUSES CLIM
INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING
RESEARCH & PROF DEV CAPSTONE
GIS and Remote Sensing Concentration Requirements18
HYDROLOGY
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (Geographic Information Systems)
POLLUTION PROBLEMS
PYTHON FOR GIS
GEOSPATIAL APPLICATIONS
GIS and Remote Sensing concentration elective courses: Choose at least 15 credit hours15+
ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHEOLOGY
SCI & SOC ASPTS NATRL DISASTER
ENV THRTS, PUB POLY, & DEC MKG
SCI PROGRMNG FOR EARTH & ATMOS
ADVANCED TOPICS IN GIS
SATELLITE METEOROLOGY
DIRECTED STUDY 5
UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH 5

Elective Requirements

Elective Courses12-15
Additional Elective courses 100+ level to reach 128 credit hours. Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credits of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.

Overall Requirements

All College of Science degrees must have at least 128 credits.
At least 39 of the 128 credits must be at the 300+ level. These may be taken in any area including electives.
Total Semester Hours128
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
FYE 101SCHARGER SUCCESS - SCIENCE 1
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
ESS 103
103L
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
and LABORATORY
4
ESS 111
111L
WEATHER, CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHNG
and LABORATORY
4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
ESS 105WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY 3
MA 172CALCULUS B 4
PH 111
PH 114
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
4
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 3
Elective  1
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 209DATA ANALYSIS TOOLS 2
ESS 110PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 3
MA 281ELEMENTS OF STATISTICAL ANALYS 3
PH 112
PH 115
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
CS 102INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 3
  or CS 103  or INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA 
  or CS 104  or INTRO TO CS USING PYTHON 
*CS 104 strongly recommended
  
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
Spring
ESS 301INTRO TO EARTH ATMOSPHC PHYS 3
ESS 303CLASSI PHYSICAL CAUSES CLIM 3
ESS 313GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS 3
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 3
Fall
ESS 321POLLUTION PROBLEMS 3
ESS 370INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING 3
ESS 414GEOSPATIAL APPLICATIONS 3
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Literature  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
Spring
ESS 305HYDROLOGY 3
ESS 408PYTHON FOR GIS 3
ESS 415ADVANCED TOPICS IN GIS 3
ESS 498RESEARCH PROF DEV CAPSTONE 1
2nd History or 3rd Social and Behavioral science  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Fine Art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 4
Fall
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 3
ESS 402SCI SOC ASPTS NATRL DISASTER 3
GIS and Remote Sensing Elective  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Humanities, 2nd Fine art or 2nd Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  3
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
Spring
ESS 407ENV THRTS, PUB POLY, DEC MKG 3
ESS 409SCI PROGRMNG FOR EARTH ATMOS 3
PSC 300INTRO SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTIC 3
GIS and Remote Sensing Elective  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  3
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
 Total Semester Hours: 128