Faculty of Science, CUHK - B.Sc. in Earth System Science

B.Sc. in Earth System Science

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Admission  SCIENCE (JS4601)  OR
Earth System Science (Atmospheric Science / Geophysics) (JS4633)


Earth System Science (ESSC) studies the dynamics of the Earth as an interrelated system that includes the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere, as well as human impacts. ESSC offers two streams, for students who want to pursue in-depth studies in either “Atmospheric Science” or “Geophysics”. Both streams provide students with training in the basics of these sub-disciplines and introduce useful quantitative tools.


The ESSC programme provides students with solid scientific and mathematical foundation of the Earth System. The focus is on physical processes within different ‘spheres’, the interactions between them and how they shape the Earth's environment. Student who takes this programme will be equipped with strong analytic and computational skills. They can build their research and career capacities via laboratory work, numerical modeling and programming experience, seminars, workshops and research projects.

Career Prospects

Students can pursue further studies in Earth System or related sciences, or they can embark on careers in education, weather and climate services in the government or private sector, NGOs, environmental consultancy, exploration of natural resources including petroleum and natural gas, geotechnical engineering, information technology, data analytics and other sectors requiring strong quantitative or analytic skills.

Alumnus Sharing

HO Ngai Lun 

Days in studying Earth System Science are memorable. Besides spending time in classrooms, the Programme also provides a lot of field trips and activities for our understanding of how different components of the Earth interact with each other. Outside classrooms, the air is much more refreshing, and it allows you to have a clearer mind and think deeper. Besides, students and professors are very supportive and we are just like a big warm family. For sure, joining the exchange programme to Hawaii, having an internship opportunity at the Hong Kong Observatory and meeting awesome buddies helped me to gain all-rounded personal growth and to prepare for the future. Now I am working in related fields after graduation. Not easy in Hong Kong, but it is still achievable if one can keep up his passion in science.