The Environment Earth Systems Science programme favors a small cohort which encourages an innovative and interactive learning environment. Students who choose this course will gain a strong background in quantitative skills such as spatial analysis, core science and modern computing techniques. We also place emphasis on applying these skills through critical thinking, communication and collaboration.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Earth Systems Science programme accepts ‘A’ Level, IB, NUSHS Diploma, Polytechnic Diploma and other equivalent international qualifications on a selective basis. All candidates with strong academic potential who satisfy minimum subject requirements as well as the general admission requirements set by NTU will be considered.
- H1 Level Pass in Mathematics AND
- H2 Level Pass in Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Economics/Computing
IB Diploma Students:
- Mathematics at Standard Level AND
- Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Economics/Computer Science at Higher Level
International and Other Qualifications:
- Mathematics at O Level/Junior High School and equivalent AND
- Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Economics at Senior High School
NUS High School Diploma:
- Major CAP of 2.0 in Mathematics AND
- Major CAP of 2.0 in Physics/Chemistry/Biology
- Please visit us on the web to learn which polytechnic diplomas are eligible for our programme
Ecology and Ecosystems
Students who choose the Ecology Specialisation will take an expanded group of courses in biology and ecology to learn more about the biological and environmental aspects of life on Earth. Students who complete this specialisation may choose careers in NGOs that work in Singapore and the region, government agencies, biotechnology firms, and research. Please note that this specialisation requires chemistry courses at NTU that have a prerequisite of H2 Chemistry in A-levels. You may be able to enroll in these required courses without the prerequisites, but these courses may be difficult for you without this background. Please contact us if you have questions regarding your ability to join this specialisation.
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This specialisation focuses on study of the solid Earth, including its composition, structure, and how topography and sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks at the Earth’s surface reflect Earth processes. The Geosciences specialisation includes coursework designed to prepare students for careers in geotechnical and environmental consulting, and natural resource exploration and management. Students are also prepared for graduate study in the geological sciences.
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Society and the Earth System
The Society and the Earth System specialisation includes interdisciplinary coursework in sociology, economics, and law in addition to core classes in Earth and environmental sciences. This gives students a unique understanding of how humans relate to the environment, and the complex issues of sustainable societies. Students who choose this specialisation will be prepared for careers in environmental planning, policy, and management, and even careers in business, finance, and government. Students will also be prepared to continue their studies in graduate programmes in urban planning and development, environmental/public policy, or business.
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Table of the EESS Curriculum
Our graduates are prepared with diverse skill-sets and knowledge to fill a wide array of both public and private sector positions, or to pursue graduate programmes. Our graduates have job opportunities in Singapore, Southeast Asia, and overseas, and are prepared to tackle the environmental challenges of the 21st Century.
Possible career options:
Environmental Earth Systems Science is new to Singapore, and so this is part of the reason we plan to have such a small, elite major. This will allow us to work with you individually on your future goals, including helping you to make contacts for internships or jobs.
We admit 35 students or less each year depending on the applicant pool. Admissions is based on A Levels/Poly/IB results as well as in person interview. See the Admissions page for details. We occasionally admit students with exceptional alternative backgrounds that are relevant to the programme.
Singapore Cambridge A Level students:
H2 Level pass in Mathematics AND
H2 Level Pass in Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Economics/Computing
IB Diploma students:
Mathematics at Higher Level AND
Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Economics/Computer Science at Higher Level
International and other qualifications:
Mathematics at Senior High School AND
Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Economics at Senior High School
NUS High School Diploma:
Major CAP of 2.0 in Mathematics AND
Major CAP of 2.0 in Physics/Chemistry /Biology
Please see the printout of Poly Diplomas that are accepted for the programme.
Because this is a new programme, there is no GPA cutoff yet for this programme. It will be extremely selective, but we are excited for strong Polytecnic students to apply to our programme.
If you feel strongly that this is the right major programme for you, then we encourage you to apply. We have included the interview in the student selection process because we want to make sure that the students in the programme are passionate about the Earth and environment. If you are concerned about your academic background, we encourage you to prepare for the interview so you can convey to the panel your passion for the programme, and other qualities that you possess that make you a strong candidate.
Do I have to have sciences background to get accepted to the major ?
We do want you to be prepared- the course will be difficult if you do not have a background in maths and sciences. Officially some of the courses required for the major require prerequisites of A or H2 level maths or equivalent. Although students do enroll in these courses who do not meet these requirements, this does mean that these courses would likely be difficult for you and would require significant effort. NTU does have some resources for students who want help (for instance http://su.ntu.edu.sg/?p=79), and it would be important to line up a study group and these types of resources before you begin the courses. Hopefully other students in the E2S2 major programme could also be a good resource for you. Through our major advising programme, we would help you to structure your studies so your maths and sciences are spread out so you are not too overwhelmed.
That said, if you want to take on these challenges, you will have to be ready in the interview to convince us that you have thought through these challenges and are ready to meet them.
Do I have to have geography background to get accepted to the major ?
The programme does cover similar topics to geography, but to us the maths and sciences background is more important than a background in geography. However, your geography studies are a great way to demonstrate interest in our type of programme, and your enthusiasm for geography may help you express why you are interested in the E2S2 Programme in your interview.
Once you are ready to transfer programmes, please visit the Change of Programme website to learn more. Please work with Academic Services and the Undergraduate Academic Officer to coordinate the timing of your application. For us, it is often best if the Change of Programme applications come during the application period for Poly and A-level students.