Earth and Environmental Sciences Courses Fall 2018

 EES 004 (ES 004) The Science of Environmental Issues 1 Credit       Analysis of current environmental issues from a scientific perspective. The focus on the course will be weekly discussions based on assigned readings. Lead instructor, Ken Kodama. 2 sections, 1 meeting per week (M, 11:10-12:25) or (R, 12:45-2:00)

 EES 011 Environmental Geology 3 Credits       Analysis of the dynamic interaction of geologic processes and human activities. Catastrophic geologic processes (earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides), pollution of geologic systems, and engineering case studies. May be combined with EES 022 or EES 004 for 4 credits. Instructor, Edward Evenson. (TR, 10:45-12:00)

 EES 015 Volcanoes & The Ring of Fire 3 Credits      Volcanoes are a tangible, often breathtaking, reminder of the inner workings of our restless planet. In this course, we consider the processes leading to volcanic eruptions, the significance of volcanism for long-term Earth evolution, and the hazards volcanoes create for humans, particularly those living in the circum-Pacific (the Ring of Fire). May be combined with EES 022 or EES 004 for 4 credits. Instructor, Gray Bebout. (MW 2:35-3:50)

 EES 021 Introduction to Planet Earth 3 Credits       Processes within the Earth and dynamic interactions between the solid earth, the atmosphere, and the oceans. May be combined with EES 022 or EES 004 for 4 credits. Instructor, Edward Evenson. (MWF, 10:10-11:00)

 EES 022 Exploring Earth 1 Credit            Laboratory course in methods, data acquisition, data analyses and scientific communication relevant to Earth and Environmental Sciences. Case study of anthropogenic change in the Lehigh River watershed. Required field trips. Instructor, Ken Kodama. 4 sections, 1 meeting per week (T, 1:10-4:00) or (W, 1:10-4:00)

 EES 032 Oceanography 3 Credits         An introduction to the structure, composition, and processes of the earth from a marine perspective. Topics include earth structure, plate tectonics, continental margins, coastal processes, seawater chemistry, ocean circulation, wave dynamics, primary productivity, plankton and plants, marine organisms and communities. May be combined with EES 022 or EES 004 for 4 credits. Instructor, Santiago Herrera. (MW 8:45-10:00)

 EES 080 Introduction to the Earth System 4 Credits          Study of the integrated earth system, including the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere and interactions between these components (e.g., plate tectonics, biogeochemical cycling, climate, anthropogenic impacts). The course is designed to prepare students for a major in earth and environmental sciences and includes a lab that develops skills relevant to this broad field including data analysis, modeling, use of maps and geospatial data, and field work. Lectures and lab. Requires department approval (please contact Andrea Goff, ahg212) Instructor, David Anastasio. (TR, 10:45-12:00; lab, R, 1:10-4:00)

 EES 090, Lands of the Midnight Sun 3 Credits         Investigations of polar exploration and science, the environment at high latitudes, and cultures of the Arctic, as well as discussion of issues related to understanding interactions among extreme environments, global change, pollution, and indigenous cultures. Lecture, discussion, classroom activities. May be combined with EES 022 or EES 004 for 4 credits. Dean permission required. Instructor, Joan Ramage. (MWF, 10:10-11:00)

EES 090, Life from Stardust: the Origin 3 Credits       This seminar will be a survey of the history of the Earth and the development of life. We will explore the formation of the Earth and the history of changing conditions in the inter-connected geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere over the past 4.5 billion years, as well as theories and evidence for the formation and early evolution of life. We will also discuss the nature of modern extremophile organisms, and the implications for the search for life on other planetary bodies, both in our solar system and around other stars. May be combined with EES 022 or EES 004 for 4 credits. Dean permission required. Instructor, Jill McDermott. (TR, 9:20-10:35)

EES 093 Freshman Supervised Internship in Earth and Environmental Sciences 1-2 Credits      Experiential learning opportunities supervised by EES faculty, including fieldwork, data collection or analysis, literature review, and information management. A maximum of two credits is allowed. Consent of supervising faculty required. Meeting time, TBD

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