Earth System Science (ESYS)

Earth System Science (ESYS)



  • Program Adviser
  • Dr. William Minarik
  • Frank Dawson Adams, Room 215
  • Email: william [dot] minarik [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Telephone: 514-398-2596

About Earth System Science

About Earth System Science

The McGill interdepartmental major 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 programs are 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.

Bachelor of Science - Minor Earth System Science (18 credits)

For more information, see Minor Earth System Science (18 credits).

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 ...

For more information, see Major Earth System Science (57 credits).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Earth System Science (66 credits)

A rigorous foundation in earth system science and the flexibility to create an individualized program in preparation for careers in industry, teaching, and research. It is also intended to provide an excellent preparation for graduate work in earth system science. A CGPA of 3.20 or higher is required for registration in and graduation from this program. ...

For more information, see Honours Earth System Science (66 credits).

Faculty of Science—2014-2015 (last updated Mar. 4, 2014) (disclaimer)