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Earth and Environmental Science, Nanyang Technological University

Information for this profile was provided by Malinda Kent-Corson, Division of Earth Sciences, Nanyang Technological University. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a bachelors degree.

Program Design & Assessment


The B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary degree program that examines the interactions between the Earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. There are two specializations within the major, one in geosciences, and the other in Earth systems and society.


It is an expectation from the university that divisions offer undergraduate majors. The faculty are also eager to start the undergraduate major. Our hope is that we can educate students who will become leaders in Earth sciences and related fields in Singapore, the region, and world.

Program Goals

Graduates from our Earth and environmental science major program will have deep knowledge in this discipline, but will also have a strong background in mathematics, physics, biology, and/or chemistry. Students will have developed problem-solving, collaborative, and communication skills to continue on in the Earth science field, or apply their skills in related fields.

Alumni Careers

Graduates with this background will be prepared to fill a variety of positions after graduation, or to pursue additional specialized training program. If they choose, graduates can pursue employment locating and extracting natural resources such as oil, gas, water, and minerals. In the construction industry, Earth and environmental scientists will have fundamental knowledge that is necessary in planning, designing, and executing projects, and managing the environmental consequences of these projects. Graduates who have chosen the Earth systems and society specialization will be uniquely prepared to work in public and private sectors planning for the future demands of a growing and modernizing Singapore.

Courses and Sequencing

Entry into the program

Natural Hazards, Climate Change, and Society

(Note that undergraduates apply to their major program when applying for admission to the university. It is rare for students to change major programs once they have been accepted into the undergraduate program.)

Core courses

Additional core for geosciences specialization:
Additional core for Earth systems and society specialization:

Note on Prerequisites: although we will likely specify prerequisites for some courses, in general the schedule of courses our students take will be fairly prescribed in terms of what classes they take each semester. The prerequisites would only come into play if a student had a special circumstance that caused them to not take the courses in the prescribed progression.


Students are required to take 12-15 credits depending on specialization (usually 3-4 classes, or 1-2 courses if completing a Final Year Project or Industrial Attachment (10 units)), chosen from the following list:

Geoscience Specialization:

Earth systems and society specialization:


Supporting Materials

Program Structure (Acrobat (PDF) 612kB Apr26 12)

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