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Environmental and Earth Sciences: Earth Sciences

ERTH 121 (NW; QA) Earth System Science (1)

This course provides an overview of the Earth and its history from a systems perspective. This integrated approach explores the connections among and co-evolution of the solid earth, atmosphere, oceans, and life. Students will practice observing and thinking like an Earth scientist in the lab and in the field. Topics will include: geologic time, tectonics, the climate system, the hydrologic cycle, biogeochemical cycles, and global change.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Understanding the Natural World; Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning (no star)
  • Prerequisite: First and second year students only
  • Offering: Every Semester
  • Instructor: Staff

ERTH 333 (QA) Geographic Information Systems (1)

A comprehensive approach to cartography and spatial analysis, including the use of the global positioning system, computer-aided mapping and geographic information systems. Lecture, field and laboratory experience with an emphasis on class and individual projects.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning
  • Prerequisite: Environmental Science major or consent of instructor.
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

ERTH 347 (QA) Earth's Climate: Past, Present, and Future (1)

This course focuses on the fundamentals of Earth's climate system and how it has varied through time. Students will learn how Earth historians use the rock record to determine past climate states as well as explore modern anthropogenic climate change. Topics will include: geologic time, carbon cycle, Milankovitch cycles, climate models and proxies, climate history.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Quantitative Reasoning (no star)
  • Prerequisite: ERTH 121 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Meyer

ERTH 350W Environmental Geology (1)

This course applies principles and techniques learned in physical geology to such geologic hazards as vulcanism, seismicity, erosion, mass wasting and flooding and to mineral, fossil fuel and water resource development and their related environmental impacts. Laboratory required. Writing Centered.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Prerequisite: ERTH 121/ERTH 110
  • Offering: Odd numbered Springs
  • Instructor: Pike

ERTH 351W Archaeological Geology (1)

Archaeological geology applies methods and theories from the geologic sciences to archaeological problems. This course will cover the processes associated with sedimentation and stratigraphy at archaeological sites and the geological approaches used to uncover cultural traits associated with the deposits. Geomorphic processes that impact site selection, formation, preservation, and identification will be addressed, as will macroscopic, petrographic, geochemical and isotopic techniques for characterizing and provenancing archaeological material. Geophysical survey methods and theories will also be reviewed. Throughout the course, the theoretical foundation that underlies the union between geology and archaeology will be stressed. Writing Centered.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Prerequisite: ERTH 121/ERTH 110
  • Co-Requisite: Simultaneous enrollment in a lab section of ERTH 351W
  • Offering: Even numbered springs
  • Instructor: Pike

ERTH 490 Independent Study in Geography and Geology (.5 or 1)

Study of a specific aspect of geography or of a geographical problem, individually or in a group. May be taken for .5 or 1 credit

  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff