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Highlights of Curriculum Philosophy

The program emphasizes research training and developing the student’s self-reliance and self-confidence for independent work.

Entering students without an identified thesis advisor are invited to rotate through the mentorship of several faculty members until an advisor can be identified. This process should take place preferably within the first two semesters of the enrollment of a student in the program.

Whenever pedagogically advantageous, the program adopts a team-teaching system, whereby each faculty member teaches the subsection in a course in his or her area of primary expertise.

In keeping up with the international stature of the program, all courses will be offered in English.

Course Distribution

The typical course distribution is as follows:
  (1) Required course for all students –Introductory Earth System Science.
  (2) Core courses in declared area of concentration –2 courses out of the listed 5 courses in the declared area of concentration of the student.
  (3) Elective courses – Any number of the remaining courses offered by the ESS program.If elective courses are not offered by the ESS program, the credits cannot be included in the credits required for graduation
  (4) Seminar and Research discussion – to be taken for at least four times. It is the responsibility of the advisor to assist each student in formulating a program of study that will best satisfy his or her personal needs and fulfill the graduation requirements. Depending on the background of the incoming student, a prescribed program of additional courses for making up background deficiencies might be required as part of the degree requirements. Students are expected to complete at least 18 credit units within the first two years of enrollment. Students are also required to take a one-credit course on “Seminar and Research Discussion” in each semester, for a total of four credit hours, during the first two years of their enrollments in the program.

Course Offering

Four types of courses are being offered: (1) Required courses (2) Core courses in each area of concentration (3) Elective courses (4) Elementary Chinese.

1. Required courses:

  1. Introductory Earth System Science (3 credit units)
  2. Seminar and Research Discussion (1 credit unit)

2. Core courses: (3 credit units each)

  1. Atmospheric Sciences
  2. Global Hydrological Cycles
  3. Environmental Ecology and Biodiversity
  4. The Solid Earth
  5. Anthroposphere and Sustainability

3. Elective courses: (3 credit units each)

  1. Methods for Atmospheric Monitoring
  2. Space Weather
  3. Atmospheric Chemical Models
  4. Health Risk Assessment for Environmental Pollution Issues
  5. Introduction to Planetary Atmospheres and Astrobiology
  6. Marine Biogeochemical Cycle
  7. Marine Organic Chemistry
  8. Aquatic Chemistry
  9. Isotopic Geochemistry
  10. Marine Biogeochemistry Laboratory
  11. Marine Biogeochemical Models
  12. Strong Motion Seismology (2 credit units)
  13. Observational Seismology (2 credit units)
  14. Tectonic Geomorphology (2 credit units)
  15. Wave Propagation
  16. Computational Seismology (2 credit units)
  17. Crustal Deformation (2 credit units)
  18. Earthquake Source Mechanism (2 credit units)
  19. Seismic Exploration (2 credit units)
  20. Marine Biogeochemistry
  21. Physical Oceanography
  22. Marine Ecology
  23. Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Changes
  24. Atmospheric Dynamics
  25. Aerosols and Air Pollution
  26. Global Seismology
  27. General Geophysics
  28. Geology and Tectonics
  29. Land-Atmosphere Interactions
  30. Atmospheric Radiation
  31. Cloud physics
  32. Aquatic Biogeochemistry
  33. Aquatic Biogeochemistry Laboratory
  34. Regional Paleoceanography
  35. Paleolimnology
  36. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  37. Earth System Model
  38. Ocean-atmosphere interaction and ocean climate
  39. Quaternary Geochronology
  40. Isotope Geology
  41. Climate and Ocean: From past to future
  42. Invitation to Paleoceanography
  43. Land-Atmosphere Interaction
  44. Solar forcing and climate
  45. Marine organic carbon biogeochemistry special topics*
  46. Quaternary geochronology
  47. Stable isotope geochemistry
  48. Regional Paleoceanography
  49. Marine Biogeochemistry
  50. Marine Biogeochemistry Lab
  51. Introduction of Geochronology*
  52. Introduction to Volcanic Processes*
  53. Statistical Seismology
  54. Scientific Programming
  55. Seismic Data Analysis
  56. Seismic Hazard Assessment
  57. Special topics on Synthetic Aperture Radar (I)
  58. Regional Paleoceanography
  59. Marine geology and General Geophysics
  60. Climate Change: Crisis and its solution
  61. Earth Resources Nexus: food, energy, and water
  62. Health Adaptation Research in the Changing Environments
  63. System of Sustainable Consumption and Production
  64. Transdisciplinary Approach for Sustainability Research
  65. Environmental Data Analysis

4. Other required courses:

1-yr Elementary Chinese (required for overseas students only)