Students admitted into this course will build a strong background in quantitative environmental earth systems science (EESS) and statistics, algorithms, and data analytics. This course allows students to gain actionable insights that complement the research aspect of EESS. Additionally, this ensures that our students stay competitive, with the ability to tackle real-world problems and challenges with innovative techniques in multidisciplinary settings.
The curriculum has been curated to ensure that students receive critical knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Foundation in Mathematics, Statistics and Algorithms: The core courses in this group are focused on probability and statistics, linear algebra and algorithms/programming.
- Essentials in Data Analytics: The core courses in this group are focused on database, data mining and data visualization/management.
- Advanced Electives in Data Analytics: Students can choose from a variety of elective courses across different schools in College of Science and College of Engineering.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Earth Systems Science with 2nd Major in Data Analytics 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.
- H2 Level Pass in Mathematics AND
- H2 Level Pass in Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Computing
IB Diploma Students:
- Mathematics at Higher Level AND
- Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Computer Science at Higher Level
International and Other Qualifications:
- Mathematics at Senior High School Level 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
The full ESDA Curriculum can be found here
Environmental Earth Systems Science with 2nd Major in Data Analytics (ESDA)
Major Requirement [AUs]
Broadening & Deepening
Electives (BDE) [AUs]
Common Core (CC)
Foundation Core (FC)
Ecology and Ecosystems
Society and the Earth System
The Second Major in Data Analytics will open a broad and diverse range of career prospects including:
- Data Scientist
- Research Scientist
- R&D Engineer
- Business Intelligence Developer
- Data Analyst
- Data Architect
How do I get accepted?
We admit a total of 45-50 students or less each year, depending on the applicant pool. Admission is based on A-Levels/Poly/IB results as well as in-person interview (refer to the Admissions page for details). We occasionally admit students with exceptional alternative backgrounds that are relevant to the programme.
I really like this subject, but I am worried about how selective the admission process is. Should I apply?
If you feel strongly that this is the right double major programme for you, we encourage you to apply. We have included the interview in the student selection process because we want to ensure that the students in the programme are passionate about the Earth and the environment. If you are concerned about your academic background, we encourage you to prepare for the interview so that 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 need to have a science background to get accepted to the major?
Ideally, students who apply would have a strong background in maths and sciences, and maths and sciences are part of the programme. However, if you’re a strong student, and you are interested in the programme, we encourage you to apply. One of the reasons we’re doing an admission interview is to select students who have a keen interest in the subject.
We want you to be prepared – the course will be challenging 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 enrol in these courses who do not meet these requirements, this does mean that these courses would likely be challenging for you and would require significant effort. Nevertheless, NTU offers resources for students who want help, and it will be important to line up a study group and these types of resources before you begin the courses. Hopefully, other students in this programme could also be a good resource for you. Through our double major advising programme, we will help you to structure your studies, so your maths and sciences are spread out, and you will not be too overwhelmed.
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 a geography background to get accepted to the major?
The programme covers 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 an interest in our type of programme, and your enthusiasm for geography may help you express why you are interested in the programme in your interview.
What will the interview be like?
We encourage you to look forward to your interview experience. It is a chance for you to understand our programme better and for you to highlight the qualities that make you competitive for admission. Before your interview, you will be placed in a group with other students and will have a chance to learn more about the programme, take a quick tour of our facilities, and ask any questions you’d like before your interview. For the interview, you will meet with a panel of our faculty. The purpose of the interview is for us to get to know you better, and so most questions will probably centre on your interests, goals, and strengths. Before the interview, we suggest that you think about what you’d like to highlight to us in your interview, but don’t worry about preparing too much.
I am interested in transferring to this programme from another. Is it possible?
Yes! We welcome students from other disciplines who think they are more suited to the Environmental Earth Systems Science Programme. Depending on the courses you’ve already taken at University, it may be possible to finish your studies in three years. However, we suggest that you plan to take four years to complete the programme to take full advantage of opportunities in the field, study abroad, and conduct an internship or senior research project. Please note that the programme remains selective for transfer students. Our advice is to keep your grades up as much as possible in your current major programme. If you demonstrate that you can succeed at University, you will have a better chance of being admitted to our programme.
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.