This two term course sequence involves reading primary literature from the diverse sub disciplines of broader category of Environmental and Earth Sciences and making connections among these and other fields of science. This course enhances scientific writing skills, oral communication and research methods. It involves student-led presentation of published, primary literature on an earth science topic of the student's interest. Students will acquire a greater competence in writing in an advanced, scientific format and synthesizing material from diverse disciplines. The first semester the students will develop proposal for their subject of interest, the second semester the students will conduct research based on their approved proposal from the first semester.