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Earth System Science

University of Washington Bothell

48 months
26520 USD/year
26520 USD/year
7968 USD/year
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The Earth System Science program of the University of Washington Bothell offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how our planet is shaped through natural and human processes. Students explore the intersection of critical geophysical, biogeochemical, and socio-environmental processes through courses that address the challenges of living on a rapidly changing planet.

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Students in the Earth System Science program of the University of Washington Bothell  learn to apply systems thinking, spatial analysis, and other natural and social science methodologies as they examine the interactions among humans and earth systems, evaluate the sustainability and resilience of living and built systems, and design solutions to our biggest environmental challenges. 

The ESS major features experiential learning that takes place in natural environments. These emphases on field work and the human dimensions of the earth system are the unique characteristics of the UW Bothell ESS degree.

The ESS degree program is jointly administered by the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) and the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). with teaching and research contributions from faculty members in both schools.

Learning Objectives

ESS graduates will be expected to demonstrate advanced achievement of the UW Bothell Learning Goals, and the Learning Objectives of both IAS and STEM. In addition, the ESS Program is designed to provide a curriculum and co-curricular opportunities that will specifically enable graduates to:

Function as Earth System Scientists

  • Demonstrate a foundational understanding of mathematics, chemistry, biology, and/or physics, along with an advanced understanding of geoscience.
  • Apply their multi-disciplinary understanding to characterizing aspects of the Earth system and critically evaluating Earth system science information, models, and methods.

Communicate Effectively and Inclusively

  • Generate graphics, reports, and presentations in ways that are appropriate and educational for their intended audience (e.g., other scientists, policy makers, and the general public).
  • Interact and communicate with others in ways that are inclusive and manifest a respect for diversity in all its forms.

Collaborate and Share Leadership

  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to work with partners and in groups, including the capacities for taking and sharing leadership, following through on collective decisions, promoting the potential of all group members, and mediating conflict.
  • Engage in projects with external partners in a fashion that adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and results in mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Engage with diverse agencies, communities, and other groups with an understanding of the many cultural, geographic, socio-economic, and political contexts in which people interact with Earth systems.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geology
  • Oceanography
  • Climate Science
  • Weather and Climate
  • Hydrogeology
  • Impacts of Climate Change

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA in Secondary-level Coursework (UW Grading System information).
  • College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR).
  • Proof of English Proficiency Requirement(s).
  • The UW Bothell Office of Admissions provides the service of international transcript evaluations. Third-party evaluations will not be accepted.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26520 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13260 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    26520 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13260 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    7968 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3984 USD per semester during 48 months.


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