Introduction to environmental field science. Case study approach. Exposure to basic field equipment and techniques, analysis of data.
Pre-requisite: MATH 1551 or MATH 1511 or MATH 15X1 or MATH 1711 or MATH 171
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.
An introduction to analysis of forecasting data and model output.
Pre-requisite: EAS 2750 or PHYS 2750
An introduction to earth materials and processes.
Integrated course in mathematical, physical, and computing techniques for application in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
Pre-requisite: CS 1371 and MATH 2551 and MATH 2552
An introductory treatment of the application of the basic physical laws to the understanding of weather phenomena. Cross listed with Phys 2750.
Pre-requisite: MATH 1552 and PHYS 2211
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.
An introduction to the thermodynamics of the Earth and atmosphere.
Pre-requisite: PHYS 2212 and MATH 2551
This course is an introduction to methods used to visualize and understand the history, shape, mechanical structure, and dynamics of the solid-earth system. We will discuss how geophysical tools, including seismology, gravity, magnetism, heat flow, geochronology, and geodesy, are used to understand the age, whole earth, and near-surface structure, and to quantify the kinematics and dynamics of plate tectonics.
Pre-requisite: PHYS 2212 and EAS 2600