Spring 2018 Class Schedule
|102-6||Sustainability & Social Justice (First Year Seminar)||Horton||TTh / 2:00-3:20 pm|
102-6 Sustainability & Social Justice (First Year Seminar)
The challenge of sustainability to "meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" has evolved over the past few decades. This course will introduce fundamental concepts of sustainability, consider the application of these concepts in diverse societal, economic, and cultural settings, and explore the potential of climate science and sustainable development to act as forces for environmental and social justice.
|105||Climate Catastrophes in Earth History||Hurtgen||TTh / 12:30-1:50 pm|
105 Climate Catastrophes in Earth History
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental components of the Earth system--the atmosphere, hydrosphere and solid Earth--and more importantly, examine how these components interact in response to internal and external influences to control climate. Within this Earth systems context, we will explore how climate is changing today, how it has changed (sometimes catastrophically) in the geologic past, and how it may change in the future.
|201||Earth Systems Revealed||A. Jacobson||MWF / 1:00-1:50 pm|
201 Earth Systems Revealed
Introduction to Physical Geology: The study of Earth systems and their interactions. This course will approach the study of Earth systems from two perspectives: 1) description and classification of Earth's features, including Earth materials, internal structure, and landforms and 2) description and explanation of the physical, chemical and biological processes that form and modify these features. Topics include minerals; sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks; the interior Earth, oceans, and atmosphere; solid Earth processes, such as volcanism, seismicity, and plate tectonics and their interactions with the atmosphere and hydrosphere to drive surface Earth processes, such as climate, weathering, and glaciation; geologic time; global change. This course includes a MANDATORY field trip to Baraboo, Wisconsin. Preregistration will include all EARTH majors/minors and up to 10 first year and 10 sophomore students with at least one credit in math, chemistry, biology or physics. If you are unable to preregister for the course, please sign up on our departmental waitlist found in the CAESAR course description. We do not use the Caesar waitlist for this course. In order to be considered, you must fill out the questionnaire on the departmental waitlist. We do not choose students based on their waitlist order.
|202||Earth's Interior||Barklage||MWF / 1:00-1:50 pm|
202 Earth's Interior
Size, mass, & density of the earth, seismic waves; earth structure from seismology; minerals and rocks; composition of mantle and core; heat and temperature in the earth, radiometric age dating; origin of the elements, formation of the solar system; meteorites, formation of the planets; continents and oceans, paleomagnetism, continental drift; earthquake focal mechanisms, plate boundaries and kinematics, mechanics of plate tectonics. Prerequisites: MATH 224, PHYSICS 135-1, and CHEM 110 (formerly CHEM 101); or consent of instructor.
|300||Earth and Planetary Materials||Jacobsen||TTh / 2:00-3:20 pm|
300 Earth and Planetary Materials
The Earth and planets are composed of minerals, rocks, melts, and fluids. The study of Earth materials is fundamental to Earth and environmental sciences and deals with formation, stability, environments, and properties of materials that control large-scale processes from weathering to earthquakes. The physical properties of Earth materials are largely controlled by bonding and crystal structure. This course begins with an atomistic approach to understanding mineral properties, but also extends physical properties and mineral stability to the larger geological and planetary scales. The properties of minerals also dictate how we use them for societal applications, ranging from raw materials to chemical filters and energy sources and storage materials. Mineralogy is the application of physics, chemistry, and biology to natural materials, and this course emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of mineralogy. Students will gain skills in learning to identify the major rock-forming minerals in hand-specimen and in the optical microscope. Students will apply analytical techniques including X-ray diffraction and optical spectroscopy to quantitative analysis of minerals. Recommended Background: EARTH 201, CHEM103, MATH 220, and PHYSICS 135-1, or equivalent, or with consent of instructor.
|312||Stable Isotope Geochemistry||Hurtgen||MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm|
312 Stable Isotope Geochemistry
A survey of the chemical, physical and biological mechanisms and fundamental concepts of stable isotope fractionation. The course will focus on applications of H, O, C, S, N and trace metal (i.e., Fe and Mo) isotopes to geologic problems with an emphasis on climate change and ancient ocean chemistries. Recommended Background: Earth 201 and 203, or equivalent
|323||Seismology and Earth Structure||Stein||TTh / 12:30-1:50 pm|
323 Seismology and Earth Structure
In this course you will study and explore elastic theory, wave equation, seismic waves, seismic wave propagation, seismic ray paths, seismic reflections & refractions, seismic reflection coefficients, seismometers, seismic travel times, seismograms, and what seismic waves tell us about the internal structure of the Earth. Recommended Background: Calculus (functions, differentiation, integration, Taylor expansion, etc.), ordinary differential equations, and some exposure to complex numbers. Courses at NU that would fulfill this recommended background are: (MATH 220/224/230/250 and PHYS 135-1/-2/-3). No prior earth science experience required.
|330||Sedimentary Geology||Sageman||TTh / 11:00 am-12:20 pm|
330 Sedimentary Geology
Review of description and classification of sedimentary rocks; principles of stratigraphy and sedimentology; methods of local, regional and global correlation; interpretation of ancient depositional systems (facies analysis); cyclostratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy in the context of tectonic, eustatic, and climatic controls on deposition; tectonics and basin analysis. Recommended Background: EARTH 201 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
|373||Microbial Ecology||Osburn||MWF / 10:00-10:50 am|
373 Microbial Ecology
This course will provide a framework for understanding the role of microbes in natural environments in terms of cell numbers, metabolisms, and interactions with geochemical cycles. We will delve deeply into the interactions between microbial populations, higher organisms, and even our own bodies. The course will finish on a survey of microbial composition and dynamics in key settings across the planet. Laboratory exercises will be incorporated into the classroom framework. Recommended Background: Basic understand of chemistry, biology, and earth science.
|382||Cosmochemistry||S. Jacobson||TTh / 9:30-10:50 am|
Examine the chemical composition of the universe, the Sun, the planets, and their building blocks. Learn the origin of the elements and their evolution through Solar System history. Use isotopic data to trace cosmic genetic relationships and date important events like the birth of the first solids in the Solar System. Understand the chemical processes that segregate elements into different astrophysical and planetary reservoirs. Observe primitive and evolved meteoritic and planetary materials in the laboratory. Completion of introductory Earth science, chemistry, and calculus courses are required prior to enrollment. The class will visit the Field Museum on April 23 leaving Northwestern at 2 pm and returning by 6:30 pm. Recommended Background: EARTH 201-0, CHEM 131-0 and 132-0, and MATH 220-0 and 224-0, or equivalents.
|450||Advanced Topics||Jurdy||TTh / 3:30-4:50 pm|
450 Advanced Topics
Topics at the frontiers of research taught by visiting or departmental faculty.
|519||Responsible Conduct of Research Training||Beddows||M / 4:00-5:00 pm|
519 Responsible Conduct of Research Training
All Earth and Planetary Sciences Graduate Students and Post Doctoral Fellows must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training in their first year of the program. This course includes 6 online "CITI" modules as well as discussion sections. New students and fellows should contact the Assistant Chair with any questions. Recommended Background: Earth and Planetary Sciences Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows Only