Fall 2019 Class Schedule
|101-0||Earth Science for the 21st Century||Jacobsen||TTH / 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM|
101-0 Earth Science for the 21st Century
Earth science encompasses the geology, chemistry, biology, and physics of our planet, while appreciating its beauty. Environmental degradation, natural resources, energy, climate change, and geologic hazards are among the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century. This course introduces students to Earth science through topical lectures and discussion of current events and research in Earth science. Topics include formation, evolution, structure, and composition of the Earth, plate tectonics and the rock cycle, the water cycle, climate change, paleoclimate, peak oil and fracking, renewable energy, nuclear fuel cycle and policy, geology of the National Parks, and job prospects in Earth science.
|102-6||Climate Change: The Scientific Evidence (First-Year Seminar)||Beddows||TTH / 2:00 - 3:20 PM|
102-6 Climate Change: The Scientific Evidence (First-Year Seminar)
Anthropogenic climate change represents a massive global experiment. In this course we will discuss the scientific evidence for anthropogenic climate change, including atmospheric composition changes, sea level rise, melting ice sheets, temperature records, 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, 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 sciences.
|106-0||The Ocean, The Atmosphere and Our Climate||Blair||TTH / 9:30 - 10:50 AM||F / 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM or F / 2:00 - 3:50 PM|
106-0 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?
|203-0||Earth System History||Hurtgen||MWF / 12:00 - 12:50 PM|
203-0 Earth System History
Evolution of the earth system and its record through geological time. Interactions among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, sediments, and life on earth.
|340-0||Physics of Weather and Climate||Horton||TTH / 3:30 - 4:50 PM|
340-0 Physics of Weather and Climate
An investigation of atmospheric processes and the physical laws that govern them. Topics covered include atmospheric composition and structure, radiative transfer, thermodynamics, convection, precipitation, and the general circulation of the three-dimensional atmosphere. When possible, course content will engage with contemporaneous atmospheric conditions and provide students with a better understanding of their meteorological and climatic environments. Completion of introductory calculus and physics are required prior to enrollment. Prerequisites: EARTH 201, ENVR SCI 201, or CIV ENV 201, PHYSICS 135 or 136, and MATH 220 and 224 or equivalent
|342-0/ ISEN 410||Contemporary Energy and Climate Change||Axford||TTH / 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM|
342-0/ ISEN 410 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.
|350-0||Physics of the Earth for ISP||Bina||MWF / 1:00 - 1:50 PM||TH / 1:00 - 1:50 PM|
350-0 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.
|361-0||Scientific Programming in Python||van der Lee||TTH / 9:30 - 10:50 AM|
361-0 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]
|362-0||Data Analysis for Earth and Planetary Sciences||Stein||TTH / 12:30 - 1:50 PM|
362-0 Data Analysis for Earth and Planetary Sciences
Types and characteristics of earth science data, development and applications of model types, observational and systematic sources of uncertainties and their characterization, spatial and temporal predictions. [Previously offered as EARTH 326]
|450-0-01||Advanced Topics: Seminar Supercharged||Osburn||W / 2:00 - 3:20 PM||F / 10:00 - 11:20 AM|
450-0-01 Advanced Topics: Seminar Supercharged
The departmental seminar series provides graduate students with a unique opportunity to explore topics beyond their immediate disciplinary focus, meet with scholars from around the country, and evaluate different styles of scientific communication. This seminar will enrich the student experience through readings from each scholar’s lexicon prior to their seminar and the opportunity to ask the speaker questions in an intimate group setting. The seminar is open to all graduate students and upper level undergraduates with instructor approval.