hey! I am finishing up my first year of ESS and I have really enjoyed it! It is kinda a mix pf biology, a little bit of chemistry and social sciences. For every topic that we study (soil, water, air pollution, climate change, biodiversity etc) we first learn the techincalities of the subject and we always finish with a “how do we humans mess this up and how do we fix it” section as my teacher likes to call it. Since ESS is very much based on social sciences and human impact on ecosystems there is not a ton of lab work but there is a required minimum of about 10 I believe. If you don’t like to write lab reports, ESS would be the class that has the lwast amount. Because it is more humanities based so often considered to be easier than other sciences. I did not really have hard time with ESS mainly because I am really interested in the subject but I know many of my classmates struggled (they took it as an ‘easy’ class without any interest and found it hard to get the motivation to work and study so many of them failed actually).