Annual 2018-19 Class Schedule
|Course #||Course Title||Fall||Winter||Spring|
|102-6||Global Warming: Scientific Evidence (First Year Seminar)||Beddows|
102-6 Global Warming: Scientific Evidence (First Year Seminar)
Global warming represents a massive global experiment with unknown consequences. In this course we will discuss the scientific evidence for modern-day global warming including melting ice sheets, long-term temperature records from ice cores and extreme weather events such as hurricanes. Current trends and the role of human activities will be examined in the context of the geologic record of natural climate variability and the feedbacks inherent in the climate system. Anticipated future impacts include droughts, floods, sea level rise, spread of infectious diseases, drinking water shortages, habitat loss, and extinctions. Given these forecasts, strategies for managing the effects of global warming will be assessed. This writing seminar specifically aims to develop effective scientific writing and visual communication for the natural and physical sciences.
|102-6||Death of the Dinosaurs (First Year Seminar)||Jurdy|
102-6 Death of the Dinosaurs (First Year Seminar)
The death of the dinosaurs as well as theories and evidence for other catastrophic extinctions will be examined. Geologic time and the history of life on Earth; plate tectonics; dinosaur classification and behavior, periodicities, and the search for Nemesis, the "Death Star", will be included in the seminar.
DISTRIBUTION EARTH COURSES - 100-LEVEL
|106||The Ocean, The Atmosphere and Our Climate||Blair|
106 The Ocean, The Atmosphere and Our Climate
The course presents basic concepts of the Earth System that control and regulate the planetary climate. The uniqueness of planet Earth is discussed in the context of its oceans, land, atmosphere, organisms, and climate. Specific questions addressed are: What are the essential factors that determined the climate of a planet? How do living organisms affect the atmosphere, land, ocean, and climate? How is the Earth's climate controlled by the greenhouse effect, solar radiation, orbital parameters, and other factors? How has the growing human population affected the Earth's atmospheric composition and hence climate? What has human society done to deal with the potential of global warming of the planet?
|110-0||Exploration of the Solar System||S. Jacobson|
110-0 Exploration of the Solar System
Explore the Solar System from the birth of the Sun and its planets to the latest discoveries including the possibility of life on the icy moons of the giant planets and the search for Planet IX. Understand the phases of the Moon, the seasons of Earth, and the other motions of the planets. Learn what's inside planets, what's happening on their surfaces, and the history of planetary exploration. Prerequisites: Registration is reserved for first years, sophomores, and juniors in all majors.
CORE EARTH COURSES - 200-LEVEL
|201-0||Earth Systems Revealed||A. Jacobson|
201-0 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
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.
|203||Earth System History||Hurtgen|
203 Earth System History
Evolution of the earth system and its record through geological time. Interactions among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, sediments, and life on earth.
|204||Communication for Geoscientists||Osburn|
204 Communication for Geoscientists
This course will help undergraduate Earth Sciences majors hone their communication skills, and learn some specific communication styles applicable to our field. Science writing and scientific literature can be intimidating and obtuse. This course is designed to break manuscripts down into their base components, detailing the goal, style, and content required for each section. In addition we will cover verbal and visual forms of communication such as posters and talks. Writing is learned through practice, so this course will be hands on with weekly assignments, peer review, and required classroom engagement. Prerequisites: Restricted to declared or potential earth majors and minors (or with instructor permission).
ADVANCED EARTH COURSES - 300/400/500 LEVEL
|300||Earth and Planetary Materials||Jacobsen|
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.
|301-0||Petrology: Evolution of Crustal and Mantle Rocks||Jacobsen|
301-0 Petrology: Evolution of Crustal and Mantle Rocks
Origin, composition, and classification of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Application of laboratory characterization and basic thermodynamics to interpreting observed rock textures and mineral assemblages in terms of geological processes. Prerequisite: EARTH 300 or consent of instructor.
|310||Aqueous Geochemistry||A. Jacobson|
310 Aqueous Geochemistry
The geochemistry of rivers, groundwater, lakes, and seawater. Topics include thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, pH and alkalinity, carbonate equilibria, redox chemistry, chemical weathering, and numerical modeling. Prerequisites: EARTH 201 and CHEM 132 (formerly CHEM 103); or consent of instructor.
314 Organic Geochemistry
The origin, modification and preservation of organic matter in the sedimentary record; how it relates to global carbon cycle and climate in the geologic past; implications for future greenhouse warming. Prerequisite: one quarter of earth or environmental sciences and one quarter of chemistry; or consent of instructor.
|324||Earthquakes and Tectonics||Stein|
324 Earthquakes and Tectonics
Earthquakes: location, characteristics, origin, mechanism, and relation to plate motions; seismic hazard. Prerequisites: EARTH 202, MATH 250, and PHYSICS 135-2; or consent of instructor.
|327||Geophysical Time Series Analysis||Stein|
327 Geophysical Time Series Analysis
Introduction to analysis techniques applied to seismic and other geophysical data. Sampling, windowing, discrete and fast Fourier transforms, deconvolution, filtering, and inverse methods. Prerequisites: EARTH 202 and MATH 250; or consent of instructor.
|331||Field Problems in Sedimentary Geology||Sageman & Hurtgen|
331 Field Problems in Sedimentary Geology
Field methods in stratigraphy and sedimentology; interpretation of depositional systems and paleoenvironments; methods of observations, data recording and analysis, and presentation of geological information (maps, cross sections). Course involves 2.5-week field trip to Colorado/Utah in late August - mid September (returning to Evanston in time for regular classes) and meets through the Fall quarter. Prerequisite: EARTH 330.
|342/ISEN 410||Topics in Contemporary Energy and Climate Change||Axford|
342/ISEN 410 Topics in Contemporary Energy and Climate Change
The increasing worldwide demand for energy presents a number of complex interdisciplinary challenges, from oil depletion to climate change. This class will challenge students to answer the question, how shall we power the world in the 21st century? We will examine the history and geography of energy use; links between energy and climate change; and technological, economic, and environmental benefits and drawbacks of various energy sources. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in any field, senior standing in the physical sciences or engineering, pr permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ISEN 410.
|343||Earth System Modeling||Horton|
343 Earth System Modeling
Earth System Modeling is an introduction to the art and science of reducing Earth's complex systems into simple numerical models. This course will survey core Earth system science topics, introduce numerical modeling concepts, and facilitate the construction of dynamical models in a hands-on computational laboratory environment. Core topics reviewed and modeled include the rock cycle, hydrological cycle, Earth's climate, and the global carbon cycle. The lecture portion of the course will highlight/review Earth science concepts, while the modeling component of the course will focus on the design, construction, and use of models to test hypotheses, and increase understanding of the forces and processes that shape the global environment. The modeling software to be used will be appropriate to undergraduates and beginning graduate students who do not have previous experience with solving differential equations or with computer programming, though students with these skill sets will appreciate the manifestation of numerical rules in the software package. Ultimately, this course is designed to empower students with introductory modeling skills that can be used to build a better understanding of how Earth's various components interact and evolve. Prerequisites: At least one quarter of EARTH or ENVR SCI coursework at the 200 level or above; plus one quarter of calculus and one quarter of physics.
|350||Physics of the Earth for ISP||Bina|
350 Physics of the Earth for ISP
Introduction to geophysics for students with strong mathematics and physics backgrounds. Basic ideas in seismic wave propagation, plate tectonics, geomagnetism, geothermics, and gravity. Study of the earth's surface and the deep interior. Prerequisites: Second-year standing in ISP, or equivalent background in physics and mathematics with permission of both instructor and ISP director.
352-0 Global Tectonics
Kinematics of plate tectonics. Geometry, determination, and description of plate motions. Paleomagnetism, marine magnetism, and hot spots. History of ocean basins and mountain-building processes. Prerequisites: EARTH 202 and PHYSICS 135-2; or consent of instructor. [Previously offered as EARTH 320]
|353||Mathematical Inverse Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences||van der Lee|
353 Mathematical Inverse Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Combined with DATA_SCI 422-0. Data-driven modeling via solving inverse problems and estimating model parameters. Application of linear algebra to the modeling of physical data. Students learn to model large amounts of imperfect data using linear algebra, optimization and regularization techniques, and common physical sense. Via lab exercises and homework, the course emphasizes application over theory. Exercises include but are not restricted to 1) locating events or objects from line-of-sight signal travel times, 2) de-blurring an image, 3) characterizing the subsurface from surface measurements of wave dispersion, 4) locating engineering structures from anomalous gravity data, and 5) tomography: non-destructive characterization of internal structure of materials, human bodies, or the Earth. We will emphasize linear, discrete, ill-posed inverse problems, but will also review time series analysis, including Fourier Transforms and matched filtering, and touch on the principles of solving non-linear inverse problems via directed and random searches in model space. Prerequisites: MATH 230, STAT 232, or equivalent; MATH 240 or STAT 320-1, 2 recommended. [Previously offered as EARTH 329]
|360||Instrumentation and Field Methods||Beddows|
360 Instrumentation and Field Methods
Theory and practicum on electronic instrumentation for monitoring and measurement in earth sciences, including data loggers, hands-on design and construction of electronic sensors, signal processing, data management, and network design. Prerequisites: Majors/minors in EARTH or ENVR SCI, or completion of three 300-level EARTH or any other 300 level science courses, or consent of the instructor.
|361||Scientific Programming in Python||van der Lee|
361 Scientific Programming in Python
Introduction to coding, scientific computing, and visualization for analyzing data in the physical sciences. Emphasis on Python, but Unix, shell scripting, and Generic Mapping Tools are also introduced. Students undertake a significant final coding project individually or in pairs. [Previously offered as EARTH 322]
This class will center on evaluating the interplay between biological and physical processes in shaping the environment. Major topics include: the role of microbes in major element cycling (C, N, S, P), historical geobiology (how have microbes changed the planet over time?), methodologies applied in geobiology, humans as agents of geobiology, and the related fields of astro/exobiology. Prerequisite: EARTH 201 and either CHEM 132 (formerly CHEM 103), CHEM 172 or CHEM 210-1, or permission from instructor.
|381||Planet Formation and Evolution||S. Jacobson|
381 Planet Formation and Evolution
Survey of planet formation processes including growth from the first solids to the giant planets as well as the internal evolution of planetary bodies. Recommended Background: Completion of introductory Earth science, physics, and calculus courses.
|390||Special Topics: GIS Level 1 (Geographic Information Systems 1)||Xie|
390 Special Topics: GIS Level 1 (Geographic Information Systems 1)
This course offers an introduction to concepts underlying geographic information systems (GIS) and methods of managing and processing geographic information. The course is designed for students who have little background but want to learn the fundamentals and applications of GIS. Students will be exposed to both theoretical knowledge and technical skills in this course. Lab assignments and group project proposal will promote students’ application of concepts and skills in solving real-world problems.
|390-0||Special Topics: GIS Level 2 (Geographic Information Systems 2)||Xie|
390-0 Special Topics: GIS Level 2 (Geographic Information Systems 2)
This course offers digital representation and analysis of geospatial phenomena and provides foundations in methods and algorithms used in GIS analysis. The course is designed for students who wants to get a comprehensive understanding of GIS and advanced spatial analyses. Each week we will focus on a specific topic and practice the skills in a mini-project. Course project will apply these skills in solving real-world problems based on students’ interest of topics.
|390-0-1||Special Topics: Environmental & Applied Geophysics||Barklage|
390-0-1 Special Topics: Environmental & Applied Geophysics
Environmental and Applied Geophysics is the use of noninvasive techniques to map the geophysical properties of the Earth's shallow subsurface (<100m). Similar to an MRI or a CT scan of the human body, these techniques allow us to generate an image of the Earth's near surface. This course will cover geophysical methods used to address important environmental issues such as managing Earth's groundwater supplies, locating areas for safe disposal of anthropogenic waste products, ensuring safe building site location, exploring for resources, and identifying ancient archaeological sites, among others. The course will revolve around a field project using a variety of geophysical imaging techniques to address a local environmental issue. The geophysical data will be acquired by class participants over a MANDATORY FULL-DAY SATURDAY FIELD EXCURSION. The data will then by processed and analyzed by the class during four subsequent on-campus lab sections.
|440-0-1||Advanced Topics: Isotope Geobiology||Osburn|
440-0-1 Advanced Topics: Isotope Geobiology
During this course we will delve deeply into the use of natural isotope distributions in the field of Geobiology. We will focus on one isotope system in particular and will read and analyze papers on that topic daily. The course is aimed at graduate students and upper level undergrads and will require deep reading and synthesis of the primary literature.
|450-0-1||Advanced Topics: Communicating Science Beyond Academia||Axford|
450-0-1 Advanced Topics: Communicating Science Beyond Academia
Through reading, discussion, writing and peer critique, this course will explore strategies for successful scientific communication beyond academia. How can scientists break through barriers to understanding and foster engagement with scientific information, while still conveying nuance and uncertainty? What happens when science becomes politicized and controversial? This seminar is open to graduate students in all STEM disciplines, with preference to students who have begun to conduct independent research.
|450-0-2||Advanced Topics: Atmospheric Science||Horton|
450-0-2 Advanced Topics: Atmospheric Science
In-depth engagement with subjects and research methodologies pertinent to contemporary atmospheric and climate science. Topical focus varies by offering, but will include topics relevant to the following themes: climate change, detection and attribution, air pollution, atmospheric chemistry, earth system modeling, environmental and societal impacts of atmospheric phenomenon, and/or extreme meteorological events. Interested students should contact course instructor to discuss participation and theme.
|451-0||Advanced Topics: Paleoclimate Perspectives on Future Climate Change||Axford|
451-0 Advanced Topics: Paleoclimate Perspectives on Future Climate Change
What does Earth's eventful climate history tell us about our future? Emphasis on understanding methods used to reconstruct Cenozoic climates, and on exploring the causes and consequences of climate shifts from the PETM to the late Holocene. Graduate-level discussions of primary literature. Advanced undergraduates with knowledge of climate change or paleoclimate may register with instructor permission.
|519||Responsible Conduct of Research Training||Beddows|
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