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Fall 2021 Class Schedule

NOTE: This course schedule is subject to change based on instructional guidelines to comply with COVID restrictions. Courses may be added, cancelled, or moved quarters as deemed necessary.

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Fall 2021 class Schedule

Course Title Instructor Day/Time LAB(S)/DIS
106 The Ocean, The Atmosphere and Our Climate Blair TTh 9:30-10:50 AM F 12:00-1:50 PM or F 2:00-3:50 PM
203 Earth System History Hurtgen MWF 12:00-12:50 PM
310 Aqueous Geochemistry Jacobson MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
342 Contemporary Energy and Climate Change Axford TTh 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
350 Physics of the Earth Bina MWF 1:00-1:50 PM Th 1:00-1:50 PM
353 Mathematical Inverse Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences van der Lee TTh 9:30-10:50 AM
362 Data Analysis Stein TTh 12:30-1:50 PM
373 Microbial Ecology Osburn MW 9:00-9:50 AM F 9:00-9:50 AM
450 Advanced Topics: Atmospheric Science Horton TTh 2:00-3:20 PM


Fall 2021 course descriptions

106 – The Ocean, The Atmosphere and Our Climate

The role of the world's oceans in the earth's climate system. Properties of the oceans and marine life. Interaction of oceans, atmosphere, and land. Natural Sciences Distro Area

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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. Recommended Background: At least one credit in math, chemistry, biology or physics. Natural Sciences Distro Area

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310 – Aqueous Geochemistry

The geochemistry of rivers, groundwater, lakes, and seawater. Topics include thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, pH and alkalinity, carbonate equilibria, chemical weathering, and numerical modeling. Recommended Background: At least one year of chemistry coursework. Natural Sciences Distro Area

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342 – Contemporary Energy and Climate Change

Interdisciplinary course examining global energy use and associated challenges, including the history of energy use, the science of climate change, and technological, economic, and environmental aspects of various energy sources. Registration reserved for seniors majoring in math, science, or engineering, and graduate students in all disciplines. Taught with ISEN 410-0; may not receive credit for both courses. Natural Sciences Distro Area

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350 – Physics of the Earth

Solid-earth geophysics: the earth's gravity field, the earth's magnetic field, interior of the earth, heat flow, elementary wave propagation, plate tectonics. Prerequisites: second-year standing in ISP; or comparable background in mathematics and physics and consent of both instructor and ISP director.

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353 – Mathematical Inverse Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Theory and application of inverse methods to gravity, electromagnetic, seismic, and other data. Linearized, non-linear, underdetermined, and mixed-determined problems and solution methods, including regularized least-squares and search algorithms. Recommended Background: Python programming language and two of 1) linear algebra, 2) statistics for physical scientists, 3) differential calculus of multivariable functions.

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362 - Data Analysis

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. Recommended Background: EARTH 201-0 and EARTH 202-0, or equivalent. Formal Studies Distro Area

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373 - 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. Recommended Background: Basic understanding of chemistry, biology, and earth science.

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450 – Advanced Topics

Topics at the frontiers of research taught by visiting or departmental faculty.

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