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INGEOS201 The Physical Earth

An overview of earth's physical systems (geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere) and their interactions. Includes a survey of earth materials, the rock cycle, plate tectonics (earthquakes and volcanoes), landscape development (glaciers and rivers), the water cycle, weather, climate, and map interpretation. Three-hour lecture, two-hour lab, required field trips. Fall, spring.

INGEOS202 Earth: 4.5 BYA to Present

Introduction to Earth history and the processes that have shaped the Earth since its formation, 4.5 Billion years ago. Topics include absolute and relative correlations, plate tectonics, and the origin and evolution of the lithosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere. Three-hour lecture, two-hour lab. Required field trip(s). Spring.

INGEOS300 Geoscience Issues and Society

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. Fall, even years.

INGEOS320 Earth's Climate: Past and Future

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. Spring, even years.

INGEOS390 Special Topics

Study of selected topics related to the geosciences, beyond the introductory level. May be repeated as topics change. Repeatable for up to 12 credits. Prerequisites: 24 credits of ISP including IQL and ITW, or permission of instructor. INGEOS 201 or INGEOS 202 recommended. Fall, odd years.

INGEOS391 Special Topics - Fluid Envelopes

Study of selected topics related to the geosciences beyond the introductory level, with an emphasis on the Earth’s fluid envelopes (hydrosphere or atmosphere). May be repeated as topics change for up to 8 credits. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW and IQL, or permission of instructor. INGEOS 201 or INGEOS 202 recommended. Spring, odd years.

INGEOS392 Special Topics - Solid Earth

Study of selected topics related to the geosciences, beyond the introductory level, with an emphasis on the solid earth (lithosphere or geosphere). May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including IQL and ITW, or permission of instructor. INGEOS 201 or INGEOS 202 recommended. Fall, even years.