Spring 2019 Class Schedule
|102-6||Sustainability & Social Justice (First Year Seminar)||Horton||M W / 2:00 PM - 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.
|110||Exploration of the Solar System||S. Jacobson||M W F / 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM|
110 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.
|201||Earth Systems Revealed||A. Jacobson||M W F / 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM||W 2:00-3:50 PM or Th 3:30-5:30 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.
|301||Petrology: Evolution of Crustal and Mantle Rocks||Jacobsen||T TH / 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM||W 10:00-11:50 AM or W 1:00-2:50 PM|
301 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.
|343||Earth System Modeling||Horton||T Th / 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM|
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.
|352||Global Tectonics||Stein||T TH / 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM||M 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM|
352 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]
|370||Geobiology||Osburn||T Th / 9:30 AM -10:50 AM||F 10:00 AM 11:50 AM|
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.
|450||Advanced Topics||Axford||M / 1:00 PM - 3:50|
450 Advanced Topics
Topics at the frontiers of research taught by visiting or departmental faculty.