Asian School of the Environment

Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Avenue
Block N2-01C-63
Singapore 639798

Environmental Earth Systems Science (EESS)

The E2S2 Programme is a flagship programme of the Asian School of the Environment that was established in 2014. E2S2 integrates earth and environmental life sciences, ecology, engineering and technology, human ecology, humanities and the social sciences to address key issues of the environment and sustainability. Students who choose the E2S2 Programme will gain a strong background in quantitative skills, modern computing techniques, and core environmental earth systems with the knowledge of the basic sciences.

The E2S2 Programme offers 3 specializations:
1) Geosciences
2) Ecology and Ecosystems
3) Society and the Earth Systems

Environmental Earth Systems Science and Public Policy And Global Affairs (ESPP)

The ESPP is a new double major programme, combining the courses from ASE and SSS. Students admitted to this multidisciplinary course will develop a strong background in qualitative environmental earth system science, public affairs and international relations. This joint programme gives students the opportunity to build complementary skills that would empower the next generation of public policy makers with the tools required to face the challenges of today’s rapidly changing world

Students admitted in the ESPP programme are automatically enrolled for the Society specialization.

Curriculum Structure

Regardless of what specialization you decide to take, all EESS and ESPP students will take foundational modules of each of the specializations, basics sciences and General Education modules to apply their knowledge for future courses.

EESS / ESPP (Cores)

ES0001: The Physical Environments of Singapore
ES0002: Fundamentals of Data Science for EESS
ES0138: Introduction to Scientific Writing
ES0238: Writing Science for Non-Scientists
ES1001: Environment and Society
ES1003: Solid Earth
ES1007: Climate Change
ES2003: Biosphere
ES1006: Introductory Field Experience (Bali)
ES2001: Computational Earth Systems Science
ES2802: GIS and the Earth System
ES3001: Futures in E2S2
MH1802: Calculus for the Sciences
GC0001: Sustainability: Seeing Through the Haze
HY0001: Ethics and Moral Reasoning
ML0003: Kickstart Your Career Success
ET0001: Enterprise and Innovation
13 AUs of any Basic Sciences – Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics

(NEW!)* Interdisciplinary Collaborative Cores

*This new section is for students who matriculated in AY21/22 onwards

CC0001: Inquiry and Communication in an Interdisciplinary World
CC0002: Ethics & Civics in a Multi-Cultural World
CC0003: Navigating the Digital World
ML0004: Career & Entrepreneurial Development for the Future World
CC0005: Healthy Living & Mental Wellbeing
CC0006: Science & Technology for Humanity
CC0007: Sustainability: Human, Social, Economic & Environment

After specializing, students have to take Additional Core modules to fulfill their graduation requirements


This specialization focuses on the study of the solid Earth, including its composition, structure, topography and different rock types to understand Earth processes. Coursework is designed to prepare students for careers in geotechnical and environmental consulting and natural resource exploration and management. Students are also prepared for graduate studies in the geological sciences.

ES2002: Earth Materials
ES2004: Sedimentary Geology
ES2101: Introduction to Geological Field Mapping (Miri)
ES3002: Structural Geology and Tectonics
ES3003: Introduction to Geochemistry
ES3004: Introduction to Geophysics
ES3005 Advanced Field Course in Geology (California)


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. This specialization requires chemistry courses that have H2 Chemistry pre-reqs.

BS1001: Introductory Biology
BS1008: Bioinformatics and Statistics
CM1021: Basic Inorganic Chemistry
CM1031: Basic Organic Chemistry
ES2301: Principals of Hereditary and Ecological Genetics
ES2303: Introduction to Ecology
ES2304: Microbes in Natural Systems
ES2302: Introduction to Field Ecology (Sri Lanka)
ES3301: Plant and Animal Physiology
ES4301: Conservation Biology and Biodiversity


The Society and the Earth System specialization includes interdisciplinary coursework in the both the social and the earth sciences, This gives students an understanding of how humans affect the environment, and the complex issues of sustainable societies. Students will be prepared for careers in environmental planning, policy, and management. Students will also be prepared for graduate programmes in urban planning and development, environmental/public policy.

BS1001: Introductory Biology
ES2201: Law & Economics: Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection
ES2202: Global Environmental Politics and Governance
ES2303: Introduction to Ecology
ES3201: Coupled Human and Natural Systems (Riau)
HE9091: Principles of Economics
MH2500: Probability and Introduction to Statistics

Other modules that you can take in ASE and SSS include:

For both EESS and ESPP students

ASE Elective Modules:
ES2801: Introduction to Natural Hazards
ES3008: EESS Research Class
ES3101: Petroleum Geology
ES3102: Global Tectonics
ES3103: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Processes
ES3202: Resilient Urban Systems
ES3302: Tropical Ecology
ES3303: Environmental Biotechnology
ES3304: Advanced Field Placement in Ecology and Society (Taiwan)
ES3305: Current Issues in Ecology
ES3306: Global Change Ecology
ES3307: Experimental Design & Analysis for Ecology
ES3801: Biogeochemistry
ES4002: Final Year Project*
ES4003: Professional Internship*
ES4004: Overseas Entrepreneurship Programme*
ES4010: Teaching in EESS
ES4201: Environmental Management and Valuation
ES4303: Marine and Freshwater Ecology
ES4302: Environmental Genomics
ES4901: Oceanography
ES4902: Geophysical Data Analysis
ES4904: Volcanology
ES4911: Seismology
ES9001: The Blue Planet – How the Ocean Works
ES9002: Emergent Life
ES9003: The Genome and Society

*Students are only allowed to choose one out of the 3 stated and they are optional.

*From AY21/22 onwards, undergraduates are required to complete a Professional Attachment (5AUs)

Other related schools modules
CEE – Civil and Env Eng:
CV1011: Mechanics of Materials (Geo)
CV1012: Fluid Mechanics (Geo)
CV2013: Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics (Geo)
CV2014: Geotechnical Engineering (Geo)
CV2016: Hydrology (Geo)
EM9101: Environmental Quality (Soc)
EM9106: Environmental Impact Assessment (Soc)

SPMS – Physical and Mathematical Sciences:
CM1021: Basic Inorganic Chemistry
CM1031: Basic Organic Chemistry
CM1041: Basic Physical Chemistry
CM2011: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
PH1104: Mechanics
PH1105: Optics, Vibrations and Waves
PH1106: Electricity and Magnetism
PH1107: Relativity and Quantum Physics
PH1801: Foundations of Physics 1
PH1802: Foundations of Physics 2

SBS – Biological Sciences:
BS1001: Introductory Biology
BS1005: Biochemistry
BS1008: Bioinformatics and Statistics
BS2002: Microbiology
BS3204: Evolution in Health and Disease (Eco)
BS3348: Field Studies in Functional Plant Ecology (Eco)

SSS – School of Social Sciences
HS2022: Population and Society (Soc)
HS2023: Environment and Sociology (Soc)
HE3005: Environmental Economics (Soc)
HP3205: Animal Behavior

For ESPP Students

SSS (PPGA) Modules:
HA1001: Introduction to International Relations and Foreign Policy
HA1002: Introduction to Political Theory
HA1003 Introduction to Public Administration and Policy
HA1011: Politics of Singapore
HA1012: Fundamentals of Politics

Other Major PEs for PPGA can be found on the PPGA webpage!

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