Winter 2020 Class Schedule
|114-0||Evolution and the Scientific Method||Sageman||MWF / 12:00 -12:50 AM|
114-0 Evolution and the Scientific Method
The scientific method is explored through the role it has played in the development of evolutionary thought. The course tracks the history of evolutionary theory from its earliest origins to the modern consensus, and in so doing, provides examples of scientific method as practiced in biology, geology, physics, and chemistry. It is the story of one of the greatest paradigm shifts in the history of human thought, and is designed to serve the needs of a broad spectrum of non-science majors seeking to satisfy the Area I distribution requirement.
|202-0||Earth's Interior||Barklage||WF / 2:00 - 3:20 PM||M 1:00 - 2:50 PM or M 3:00 - 4:50 PM|
202-0 Earth's Interior
|204-0||Communication for Geoscientists||Osburn||TTH / 2:00 - 3:20 PM|
204-0 Communication for Geoscientists
Science writing and presentation skills necessary for careers in the earth sciences. Topics include science writing as a language, scientific manuscript components, abstracts, poster presentations, formal talks, and informal presentations. Registration is reserved for Earth & Planetary Sciences majors and minors.
|300-0||Earth and Planetary Materials||Jacobsen||TTH / 3:30 - 4:50 PM||W 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM or W 2:00 - 3:50 PM|
300-0 Earth and Planetary Materials
Mineralogy of the earth and planets from atomic to continental scales, focusing on structure, composition, identification, and physical properties of minerals as they pertain to geological and societal applications. Recommended Background: At least one course in each of chemistry, physics, and math. Natural Sciences Distro Area
|312-0||Stable Isotope Geochemistry||Hurtgen||MWF / 1:00 - 1:50 PM|
312-0 Stable Isotope Geochemistry
Fractionation and distribution of stable isotopes (C, H, N, O, S) in the biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and geosphere. Isotopic biogeochemistry, environmental problems, and global climate change. Recommended Background: EARTH 201-0 and EARTH 203-0, or equivalent.
|353-0||Mathematical Inverse Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences||van der Lee||TTH / 11:00 - 12:20 PM|
353-0 Mathematical Inverse Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Theory and application of inverse methods to gravity, magnetotelluric, seismic, and other data. Nonlinear, linearized, underdetermined, and mixed-determined problems and solution methods, including regularized least-squares and neighborhood algorithms. Recommended Background: Linear algebra and differential calculus of multivariable functions.
|371-0||Biogeochemistry||Blair||TTH / 9:30 - 10:50 AM|
The cycling of biogenic elements (C, N, S, Fe, Mn) in surficial environments is the focus of this course. Emphasis will be placed on microbial processes and isotopic signatures. Prerequisites: One quarter of chemistry plus one quarter of geoscience, environmental science, or biology to enroll in this course. Taught with CIV ENV 317; students may not earn credit for both courses. [Previously offered as EARTH 317]
|390-0-05||Special Topics: Paleobiology||Bush||TTH / 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM|
390-0-05 Special Topics: Paleobiology
Fossils record the 3.8 billion year history of life on Earth, and extinct organisms make up 99% of all the species that ever lived. The fossil record reveals insights into evolutionary processes and the distributions and structures of organisms and ecosystems that cannot be observed by studying living organisms. This course is an introduction to the concepts of paleobiology: the nature of fossils, evolutionary trends and adaptations, systematics, paleoecology, and biogeography. We will investigate how life, from individual organisms to whole biomes, has changed over time; the geologic processes that lead to the burial and preservation of organic material; and the scientific methods by which we infer the biological processes that occurred across deep time from the limited and often biased fossil record. Course has prerequisites.
|390-0-06||Special Topics: Natural Hazards Policy||Stein||TTH / 12:30 - 1:50 PM|
390-0-06 Special Topics: Natural Hazards Policy
Defending society against natural hazards is a high-stakes game of chance against nature, involving tough decisions. How should a developing nation allocate its budget between building schools for towns without ones and making existing schools earthquake-resistant? Does it make more sense to build levees to protect against floods, or to prevent development in the areas at risk? Would more lives be saved by making hospitals earthquake-resistant, or by using the funds for patient care? What should scientists tell the public when—as occurred in L’Aquila, Italy, and Mammoth Lakes, California— there is a real but small risk of an upcoming earthquake or volcanic eruption? This course uses general principles and case studies to explore how we can do better by taking an integrated view of natural hazards issues, rather than treating the relevant geoscience, engineering, economics, and policy formulation separately. We will consider thought-provoking questions that confront the complex issues involved.
|519-0||Responsible Conduct of Research Training||Beddows||M / 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM|
519-0 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