Focuses on the interaction between society and the geologic environment. Locating, assessing and developing natural resources; understanding and preparing for natural hazards; design of structures and waste disposal sites. For Applied Science and Forestry students only.
Mathematical computer-based problem solving in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. Problems drawn from studies of the earth, the oceans and the atmosphere.
Cutting edge problems in earth, ocean, atmospheric and planetary sciences. Topics will be introduced through discussions of the current literature.
Two week interdisciplinary field school. Earth system science, ecoliteracy, ecofootprinting, sustainability indicators, geological/climatological rates compared to human timescales.
Introduction to crystallography, physical and chemical properties of minerals. Recognition and identification of common minerals.
Optical mineralogy and the classification and genesis of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.
Measuring geological time and understanding Earth history using stratigraphic principles, paleontology and radioactive decay. Not for credit with EOSC 326.
Introduction to the techniques of geological mapping and the interpretation of field data. Includes three one-day field trips on weekends plus a seven-day field school after Spring examinations. A fee is to be paid by January 31.
Application of classical theory of scalar and vector fields to geophysical sciences. Conductive, convective and radiative energy flux, gravitation, electrostatics, and magnetostatics, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems.
Introduction to diversity of marine habitats and ecosystems; hydrothermal vent, intertidal, coral reef, estuarine, deep sea, and polar ecosystems; impacts of ecosystem change; evolution of ocean plankton; invasive species; climate change; pollution.