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Spring 2022 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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Spring 2022 class Schedule

Course Title Instructor Day/Time Lab(s)
101 Earth Science for the 21st Century Jacobsen TTH / 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
201 Earth Systems Revealed Jacobson MWF 1:00-1:50 PM W 2:00-3:50 PM or Th 3:30-5:20 PM
301 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
312 Stable Isotope Geochemistry Hurtgen MWF 12:00-12:50 PM
330 Sedimentary Geology Sageman TTh 12:30-1:50 PM
352 Global Tectonics Stein TTh 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM M 2:00-3:50 PM
390-2 Special Topics: GIS Level 2 (Geographic Information Systems 2) TBA T 3:30-4:50 PM Th 3:30-4:50 PM
450 Advanced Topics: Nemmers Seminar Osburn TTh 9:30-10:50 AM


Spring 2022 course descriptions

101 – Earth Science for the 21st Century

Introduction to earth science through topical issues facing contemporary society. Evolution of the earth, geologic hazards, natural resources, peak oil, climate change, the water cycle, nuclear fuel cycle, geology of US national parks. Natural Sciences Distro Area

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

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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. Natural Sciences Distro Area

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312 – 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.

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330 – Sedimentary Geology

Sedimentary rocks; stratigraphy; local, regional, and global correlation. Ancient depositional systems; facies analysis in context of tectonic, eustatic, and climatic controls on deposition. Recommended Background: EARTH 201-0 or consent of instructor.

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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. Recommended Background: EARTH 202-0, and completion of first-year calculus and physics.

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390-2 – Special Topics: GIS Level 2 (Geographic Information Systems 2)

This course offers digital representation and analysis of geospatial phenomena and provides foundations in methods and algorithms used in GIS analysis. The course is designed for students who want to get a comprehensive understanding of GIS and advanced spatial analyses. Each week we will focus on a specific topic and practice the skills in a mini-project. Course project will apply these skills in solving real-world problems based on students' interest of topics.

This course requires knowledge of GIS principles at an introductory level. Students are required to have taken ENVR_SCI 390 GIS Level 1, EARTH 390 GIS level 1, PBC 470 GIS level 1, or GEOG 343, or equivalent. The department will verify that this requirement has been met.

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450 – Advanced Topics

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

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