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Interdisciplinary Programs

The School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences is home to two interdisciplinary programs, offering a range of graduate and undergraduate degrees. To find out more, visit the program sites below, or browse our undergraduate and graduate offerings.

Earth Systems Program (ESYS)

The Earth Systems Program is an interdisciplinary environmental science major for undergraduates and co-terminal master's students. Students learn about and independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human activities in interaction with natural changes in the Earth system. Earth Systems majors develop depth and breadth in areas of science, technology, and policy analysis, and learn to approach and solve problems in a systematic, integrative, and interdisciplinary manner. 

Undergraduate degrees awarded: BS, coterminal BS and MA/MS

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources (E-IPER)

The Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources is a graduate program, training the next generation of scholars and leaders to address the world's most challenging environmental and sustainability problems. Drawing on expertise from many areas at Stanford, students integrate disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and approaches to address questions related to energy, water resources, food security, land use, conservation, and climate change.

Graduate degrees awarded: PhD in Environment and Resources; for students in Stanford's Graduate School of Business, Stanford Law School, and School of Medicine, a joint MS in Environment and Resources in conjunction with a professional degree (MBA, JD, or MD)

Sustainability Science and Practice Program

The Sustainability and Science Practice Program prepares students to advance sustainability across complex systems in pursuit of human well-being now and in the future.

We offer a coterminal master’s degree that prepares students with the knowledge, mindsets and practical skills needed to understand and intervene in complex systems to advance sustainability – securing human well-being around the world and across generations. The degree in Sustainability Science and Practice is available as a Master of Science or Master of Arts, depending on the chosen set of courses.

It integrates theoretical and conceptual knowledge with practical tools to enable students to develop core knowledge across three elements:

  1. Understanding Complex Social Environmental Systems
  2. Understanding Decision Making and Developing Strategies for Change
  3. Designing Innovations with Impact at Scale

In addition, students complete a 120-hour practicum experience, using their new knowledge and skills to work towards sustainability goals with diverse decision makers.

Learn more about our program