An overview of earth's systems (geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere) and their interactions. Includes a survey of earth materials, internal and external processes, global cycles (carbon, water), and feedback loops between humans and earth's systems. Environmental and resource issues are addressed. Includes an integrated laboratory component. Fall, Spring, Summer.
An overview of the earth. Includes description and origin of minerals and rocks, internal and external processes and recognition of the landforms they produce, global cycles (carbon, water), and feedback loops between humans' and earth's systems. Environmental and resource issues are addressed. Three-hour lecture, two-hour lab. Required field trips. Fall, Spring.
A course focusing on the cause and effect of geologic processes that impact society. Content may vary, but includes earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcanic activity, resource issues, and the geologic record of climate change. Students are expected to closely monitor popular media to document current geologic events and their effects. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101, QL, and one course from the IS category. Occasionally.
The tools of climatic science are used to investigate the evidence and mechanisms for earth's climatic change throughout geologic time. Includes climate classification and reasons for climate, climate forcing mechanisms, anthropogenic forcing, the global-warming crisis, and potential remedies. Combined lecture/lab. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Occasionally