Quick Links

Earth System Science Interdepartmental Major (ESYS)

Note: This is the 20102011 edition of the eCalendar. Update the year in your browser's URL bar for the most recent version of this page, or click here to jump to the newest eCalendar.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Earth System Science (57 credits)

The Major in Earth System Science (ESYS) is offered jointly by the following departments:

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC)

Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPSC)

Geography (GEOG)

Earth System Science (ESYS) views Earth as a single integrated system that provides a unifying context to examine the interrelationships between all components of the Earth system. The approach concentrates on the nature of linkages among the biological, chemical, human and physical subsystems of the Earth. Earth System Science primarily involves studying the cycling of matter and energy through the atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, exosphere, and hydrosphere. It examines the dynamics and interrelationships among these processes at time scales that range from billions of years to days, and seeks to understand how these interrelationships have changed over time.

Required Courses (36 credits)

ATOC 214 (3) Introduction: Physics of the Atmosphere
BIOL 215 (3) Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
ENVR 200 (3) The Global Environment
ENVR 201 (3) Society and Environment
ESYS 200 (3) Earth System Processes
ESYS 300 (3) Investigating the Earth System
ESYS 301 (3) Earth System Modelling
ESYS 500 (3) Earth System Applications
GEOG 203 (3) Environmental Systems
GEOG 308 (3) Principles of Remote Sensing
MATH 203 (3) Principles of Statistics 1
MATH 222 (3) Calculus 3

Complementary Courses (21 credits)

3 credits, one of the following courses:

EPSC 210 (3) Introductory Mineralogy
EPSC 220 (3) Principles of Geochemistry

18 credits from the following course list, with at least 3 credits from each of subject codes ATOC, EPSC, and GEOG. At least 9 of the 18 credits must be at the 400-level or higher.

Note: Courses at the 300-level or higher in other departments in the Faculties of Science and Engineering may also be used as complementary credits, with the permission of an academic adviser. Please see the list posted on the Departmental web page.

ATOC 215 (3) Oceans, Weather and Climate
ATOC 309 (3) Weather Radars and Satellites
ATOC 315 (3) Water in the Atmosphere
ATOC 412 (3) Atmospheric Dynamics
ATOC 419 (3) Advances in Chemistry of Atmosphere
ATOC 512 (3) Atmospheric and Oceanic Dynamics
ATOC 513 (3) Waves and Stability
ATOC 530 (3) Paleoclimate Dynamics
ATOC 531 (3) Dynamics of Current Climates
ATOC 540 (3) Synoptic Meteorology 1
ATOC 541 (3) Synoptic Meteorology 2
BIOL 308 (3) Ecological Dynamics
BIOL 309 (3) Mathematical Models in Biology
BIOL 432 (3) Limnology
BIOL 434 (3) Theoretical Ecology
BIOL 441 (3) Biological Oceanography
BIOL 465 (3) Conservation Biology
BIOL 540 (3) Ecology of Species Invasions
BREE 319 (3) Engineering Mathematics
ECON 347 (3) Economics of Climate Change
ECON 405 (3) Natural Resource Economics
EPSC 212 (3) Introductory Petrology
EPSC 312 (3) Spectroscopy of Minerals
EPSC 320 (3) Elementary Earth Physics
EPSC 330 (3) Earthquakes and Earth Structure
EPSC 331 (3) Field School 2
EPSC 334 (3) Invertebrate Paleontology
EPSC 341 (3) Field School 3
EPSC 350 (3) Tectonics
EPSC 423 (3) Igneous Petrology
EPSC 425 (3) Sediments to Sequences
EPSC 445 (3) Metamorphic Petrology
EPSC 451 (3) Hydrothermal Mineral Deposits
EPSC 452 (3) Mineral Deposits
EPSC 455 (3) Sedimentary Geology
EPSC 519 (3) Isotope Geology
EPSC 525 (3) Subsurface Mapping
EPSC 530 (3) Volcanology
EPSC 542 (3) Chemical Oceanography
EPSC 549 (3) Hydrogeology
EPSC 580 (3) Aqueous Geochemistry
EPSC 590 (3) Applied Geochemistry Seminar
GEOG 272 (3) Earth's Changing Surface
GEOG 305 (3) Soils and Environment
GEOG 306 (3) Raster Geo-Information Science
GEOG 307 (3) Socioeconomic Applications of GIS
GEOG 321 (3) Climatic Environments
GEOG 322 (3) Environmental Hydrology
GEOG 350 (3) Ecological Biogeography
GEOG 351 (3) Quantitative Methods
GEOG 372 (3) Running Water Environments
GEOG 380 (3) Adaptive Environmental Management
GEOG 495 (3) Field Studies - Physical Geography
GEOG 499 (3) Subarctic Field Studies
GEOG 505 (3) Global Biogeochemistry
GEOG 506 (3) Advanced Geographic Information Science
GEOG 522 (3) Advanced Environmental Hydrology
GEOG 535 (3) Remote Sensing and Interpretation
GEOG 536 (3) Geocryology
GEOG 537 (3) Advanced Fluvial Geomorphology
GEOG 550 (3) Historical Ecology Techniques
MATH 314 (3) Advanced Calculus
MATH 315 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 317 (3) Numerical Analysis
MATH 319 (3) Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
MATH 323 (3) Probability
MATH 326 (3) Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
MATH 423 (3) Regression and Analysis of Variance
MATH 437 (3) Mathematical Methods in Biology
MATH 447 (3) Stochastic Processes
MATH 525 (4) Sampling Theory and Applications
NRSC 540 (3) Socio-Cultural Issues in Water
PHYS 331 (3) Topics in Classical Mechanics
PHYS 332 (3) Physics of Fluids
PHYS 340 (3) Majors Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 342 (3) Majors Electromagnetic Waves
Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Earth System Science Interdepartmental Major (ESYS)

Location

Location

  • Program Adviser
  • Professor Jeffrey McKenzie
  • Frank Dawson Adams, Room 131C
  • Email: jeffrey [dot] mckenzie [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Telephone: 514-398-3833

About Earth System Science Interdepartmental Major

About Earth System Science Interdepartmental Major

The McGill program in Earth System Science (ESYS) is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to address six “Grand Challenges” that are fundamental to our understanding of the way in which the Earth operates. These are:
  • Global biogeochemical cycles
  • Climate variability and change
  • Land use and land cover change
  • Energy and resources
  • Earth hazards: volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes
  • Earth-atmosphere observation, analysis and prediction

The ESS Major is offered jointly by the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC), the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPSC), and the Department of Geography (GEOG).

The individual departments, their disciplines, and specific courses offered by them are described in their respective entries in this publication.

Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)