Undergraduate Courses

EAS1600 Introduction to Environmental Science
Hours - Total:
4.00
Hours - Lecture:
3.00
Hours - Lab:
3.00
Syllabus:
Prerequisites:

MATH 1501 or MATH 1511 or MATH 15X1 or MATH 1711 or MATH 171

Introduction to environmental field science. Case study approach. Exposure to basic field equipment and techniques, analysis of data.

EAS1601 Habitable Planet
Hours - Total:
4.00
Hours - Lecture:
3.00
Hours - Lab:
3.00
Syllabus:

Introduction to the origin and evolution of Planet Earth, creation of the universe and the elements, early history of Earth, radioisotope geochemistry and the timing of events in the universe, the galaxy, and on Earth. Formation of the atmosphere and oceans. Climate.

EAS2551 Introduction to Meteorological Analysis
Hours - Total:
1.00
Hours - Lab:
1.00
Prerequisites:

EAS 2750 or PHYS 2750

An introduction to analysis of forecasting data and model output.

EAS2600 Earth Processes
Hours - Total:
4.00
Hours - Lecture:
3.00
Hours - Lab:
3.00
Syllabus:

An introduction to earth materials and processes.

EAS2655 Quantitative Techniques in EAS
Hours - Total:
3.00
Hours - Lecture:
3.00
Hours - Lab:
0.00
Prerequisites:

CS 1371 and MATH 2401 and MATH 2403

Integrated course in mathematical, physical, and computing techniques for application in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

EAS2750 Physics of the Weather
Hours - Total:
3.00
Hours - Lecture:
3.00
Hours - Lab:
0.00
Syllabus:
Prerequisites:

MATH 1502 and PHYS 2211

An introductory treatment of the application of the basic physical laws to the understanding of weather phenomena. Cross listed with Phys 2750.

EAS2900 Special Problems
Hours - Total:
22.00
Hours - Lecture:
22.00
EAS3110 Environment, Energy, & Society
Hours - Total:
3.00
Hours - Lecture:
3.00
Hours - Lab:
1.00
Syllabus:
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The rising global demand for fossil fuels, coupled with increasing concern about global warming, have made the search for affordable alternative energies a matter of local, national, and international importance. The path towards alternative energy infrastructures for the 21st century requires careful consideration of economic, environmental, technological, and political factors. This interdisciplinary course will blend current events, guest speakers, lively discussion, and a wide array of literature to separate fact from fiction in the heated debate concerning our nation's energy and climate future. Topics will include:  i) an overview of America's current energy structure, including the science and technology underlying each energy source,  ii) a review of key energy policies and precedent from the last several decades to present, including the Kyoto Protocol and the new California carbon mitigation bill, and iii) a look into the future of America's energy structure, with an emphasis on emerging technologies and policy development. Students will write briefs on topics covered in the first half of the course and, for the second half of the course, work in teams to conduct independent research into an energy-related question of their choosing.

EAS3603 Earth System Thermodynamics
Hours - Total:
3.00
Hours - Lecture:
3.00
Hours - Lab:
0.00
Syllabus:
Prerequisites:

PHYS 2212 and MATH 2401

An introduction to the thermodynamics of the Earth and atmosphere.

EAS3610 Introduction to Geophysics
Hours - Total:
3.00
Hours - Lecture:
3.00
Syllabus:
Research Topics:
Geophysics
Prerequisites:

PHYS 2212 and EAS 2600

An introduction to visualizing and understanding earth history, structure, and dynamics through geophysical methods including seismology, gravity, magnetism, heat flow, geochronology, and geodesy.

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