Spring 2020 Class Schedule
|110-0||Exploration of the Solar System||TBD||MWF / 1:00 - 1:50 PM|
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.
|201-0||Earth Systems Revealed||Sageman||MWF / 1:00 - 1:50 PM||TH 12:30 - 2:20 PM or TH 3:30 - 5:20 PM|
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 a limited number of seats for first year and 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.
|301-0||Petrology: Evolution of Crustal and Mantle Rocks||Bina||TTH / 2:00 - 3:20 PM||W 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM or W 2:00 - 3:50 PM|
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.
|341-0||Quaternary Climate Change: From the Ice Age to the Age of Oil||Axford||TTH / 12:30 - 1:50 PM|
341-0 Quaternary Climate Change: From the Ice Age to the Age of Oil
Methods for reconstructing and dating past environmental changes, causes of natural climate change, and major climate events of the Quaternary through the present. Their relevance for understanding current climate change. Prerequisite: EARTH 201 or consent of instructor.
|343-0||Earth System Modeling||Horton||TTH / 9:30 -10:50 AM|
343-0 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.
|352-0||Global Tectonics||Stein||TTH / 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM||M 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM|
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]
|360-0||Instrumentation and Field Methods||Beddows||MWF / 12:00 - 12:50 PM||W 3:00 - 5:50 PM|
360-0 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.
|373-0||Microbial Ecology||Osburn||MWF / 2:00 - 2:50 PM|
373-0 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.