EART - Earth Sciences

EART 1 Oceanography

An introduction to the physical environment of the ocean. Origin and evolution of ocean basins; sea-floor morphology; origin, distribution, historical record, and economic significance of marine sediments; ocean currents, waves, tides, and changing sea level; beaches, shorelines, and coastal processes; marine resources, pollution, and human impacts on the oceans. Students may also enroll in and receive credit for Ocean Sciences 1.

Credits

5

Instructor

Gary Griggs

General Education Code

PE-E

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 2 Earth Catastrophes

The role of catastrophic processes in shaping Earth and the environment in which we live. The physical processes causing earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods, windstorms, landslides, and meteorite impacts will be described, along with the role played by these rapid processes in the geological and biological evolution of the planet. Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding these phenomena will be discussed. The entire time scale from formation of the universe to the present Earth system will be considered.

Credits

5

Instructor

Thorne Lay

General Education Code

SI

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 3 Geology of National Parks

Geologic concepts and processes responsible for shaping our national parks including mountain building, volcanic and earthquake activity, sedimentation, weathering, erosion, and glaciation. An understanding of how geology impacts our lives is emphasized. Appropriate for both science and non-science majors who wish to enhance their knowledge, enjoyment, and appreciation of our national parks.

Credits

5

Instructor

Susan Schwartz

General Education Code

SI

Quarter offered

Summer

EART 5 California Geology

An introduction to physical geology emphasizing the minerals, rocks, volcanoes, mountains, faults, and earthquakes of California. In-class field trips to study the caves, rocks, and landforms of the campus and the Monterey Bay area. Discussion-1 hour. Concurrent enrollment in 5L is required for majors and minors.

Credits

5

Instructor

Elise Knittle

General Education Code

SI

Quarter offered

Fall, Summer

EART 5L California Geology Laboratory

Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 5 with particular emphasis on rock and mineral identification and map interpretation. Field trip. Laboratory three hours. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

1

Instructor

Elise Knittle

Quarter offered

Fall, Summer

EART 7 The History of Life

An examination of the major events in the history of life, from the origin of life approximately four billion years ago, to the wave of extinctions that has decimated plants and animals around the globe over the past 30,000 years.

Credits

5

Instructor

Matthew Clapham

General Education Code

SI

EART 8 Planetary Discovery

A sweeping tour of planets, satellites, and small bodies in and out of the solar system. Focuses on major scientific results from telescopes and spacecraft missions. Topics include planetary system architecture, planetary atmosphere, surface and interior, planetary formation and evolution, astrobiology, extra-solar planets. Open to all students.

Credits

5

Instructor

Xinyi Zhang

General Education Code

SI

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 10 Geologic Principles

Introduction to the scientific study of Earth, the materials composing it, and the processes shaping it. Topics include minerals and rocks, Earth's internal structure, plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes, oceans and the atmosphere, the formation of landscapes and global change. A one-day, optional field trip is included. Concurrent enrollment in 10L is required for majors and minors.

Credits

5

Instructor

Andrew Fisher, Terrence Blackburn

General Education Code

SI

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 10L Geologic Principles Laboratory

Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 10, with particular emphasis on rock and mineral identification and map interpretation. Laboratory 3 hours. In-lab field trips. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

1

Instructor

Andrew Fisher, Terrence Blackburn

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 11 Earthquakes

Causes and effects of earthquakes. How do we measure, mitigate, and try to predict earthquakes? Plate motion, frictional faulting, earthquake triggering, wave propagation, earthquake damage, related hazards, and other social effects. Hazard reduction through earthquake forecasting and earthquake-resistant design. Class includes one full day weekend field trip to local faults. Advanced algebra and high school geometry recommended.

Credits

5

General Education Code

MF

Quarter offered

Summer

EART 12 Introduction to Weather and Climate

Many meteorological phenomena are familiar to us: clouds, fog, rain, snow, wind, lightning, and severe storms. Climate is the sum of weather over long periods and is changing (e.g., greenhouse warming, ozone depletion, urban smog) due to mankind's activities. Conceptual understanding of how and why the present-day atmosphere behaves as it does and how this may change in the future is the primary goal of this course.

Credits

5

Instructor

Nicole Feldl

General Education Code

SR

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 20 Environmental Geology

Introduction to aspects of geology which affect and are affected by humans. Addresses a broad range of topics including resource management, geologic hazards, air and water issues, population and land use, energy costs and effectiveness, and global change, all from a unique geological/environmental perspective. Lectures include strategies for mitigating these issues. Includes a one-day field trip. Concurrent enrollment in 20L required for majors and minors.

Credits

5

Instructor

Terrence Blackburn

General Education Code

SI

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 20L Environmental Geology Laboratory

Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 20, with emphasis on rock and mineral identification, geologic hazard assessment, geologic resource management, and land use planning. In-lab field trip. Laboratory 3 hours. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

1

Instructor

Slawomir Tulaczyk

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 30 Water in the Environment

Broadly explores how components of the water cycle (precipitation, evapotranspiration, streamflow, groundwater) influence the structure of different environments as well as the communities, cultures, and people within these environments.

Credits

5

Instructor

Margaret Zimmer

General Education Code

CC

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 66 Natural History of Dinosaurs

Explores the origin, evolution, and extinction of dinosaurs with emphasis on paleobiology and paleoecology. Covers fundamental paleontological and evolutionary principles, dinosaur anatomy and behavior, the hot-blooded/cold-blooded debate, dinosaur-bird relationships, diversity, and exploits of the great dinosaur hunters. One and a half hour of discussion each week. (Formerly EART 65.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Hilde Schwartz

General Education Code

SI

EART 96 Academic Success Skills

Practical, evidence-based strategies for maximizing learning in the Earth and planetary sciences. Introduces how learning occurs in the brain and how you can use those principles to optimize reading, note-taking, problem-solving, and studying. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor.

Credits

2

Instructor

Matthew Clapham

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

EART 98 Earth Sciences Internship

A supervised learning experience involving practical application of lower division Earth sciences knowledge while working with approved companies, governmental agencies, or research organizations. Students consult weekly with supervising faculty and prepare a final report of their work, to be evaluated both by the sponsoring agency and the faculty supervisor. Consult sponsoring agency for enrollment criteria; after instruction on resume preparation and interview skills, student must interview and be selected for internship by approved sponsoring organizations.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

EART 99 Tutorial

Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

EART 100 Vertebrate Paleontology

Introduction to vertebrate history, with an emphasis on vertebrate relationships and the co-evolution of organisms and environments. Specific topics include vertebrate origins, systematics and classification, adaptive revolutions, mass extinctions, and the rise and fall of dinosaurs. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Hilde Schwartz

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements and EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20 or BIOE 20C, or ANTH 1. Concurrent enrollment in EART 100L is required.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 100L Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory

Comparative anatomy and functional morphology of vertebrates, and preservation of vertebrate hard parts, using modern and fossil specimens. Laboratory three hours and one 1-day field trip.

Credits

2

Instructor

Hilde Schwartz

Requirements

Concurrent enrollment in EART 100 is required.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 101 Invertebrate Paleobiology

An introduction to paleobiology; the use of fossil evidence to pose and solve evolutionary and geologic questions. Students are billed a materials fee. (Formerly The Fossil Record.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Matthew Clapham

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements and EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20 or BIOE 20C or ANTH 1. Concurrent enrollment in EART 101L is required.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 101L Invertebrate Paleobiology Laboratory

Systematics, ecology, and evolutionary history of the major groups of fossil-forming animals. Laboratory 3 hours and one 1-day field trip. (Formerly The Fossil Record Laboratory.)

Credits

1

Instructor

Matthew Clapham

Requirements

Concurrent enrollment in EART 101 is required.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 102 Marine Geology

Geology of the marine environment. Topics include controls on the types, origin, and distribution of marine sediments; geology of oceanic crust; evolution of continental margins and plate boundaries; introduction to paleoceanography. Discussion: 1 hour. Students cannot receive credit for this course and Ocean Sciences 280.

Credits

5

Instructor

Ana Ravelo

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements,and EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20 or BIOE 20C.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 104 Geologic Hazards

The recognition, evaluation, and mitigation of geologic hazards: earthquakes and faulting, tsunamis, volcanism, landslides and mass movements, and flooding. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Susan Schwartz

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, and EART 10 and EART 10L; or EART 5 and 5L; or EART 20 and EART 20L.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 105 Coastal Geology

An investigation of the evolution, morphology, and processes in the coastal zone including the terrestrial (marine terraces, dunes, estuaries, sea cliffs) and marine (beaches, continental shelves, sea level changes, shoreline erosion and protection, waves, tides) components and their interaction. Laboratory: 3 hours. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Gary Griggs

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 106 Coasts in Crisis

Comprehensive assessment of the impacts that the human population is having on the coastal zone globally and the diverse ways in which geologic processes and coastal hazards impact human settlement and development in the coastal zone.

Credits

5

Instructor

Gary Griggs

General Education Code

PE-E

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 107 Remote Sensing of the Environment

Introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) as valuable tools in the study of geology. Covers application of GIS/RS to study of surface processes, including landslides, hydrologic basins, coastal erosion, modern floods, volcanic activity and surface deformation.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20.

EART 109 Elements of Field Geology

Basic tools and techniques used in geologic fieldwork. Preparation, analysis, and interpretation of geologic maps. Nine to 10 days of weekend field trips required, including a six-day geologic mapping exercise. Laboratory: 3 hours. Recommended for courses 120, 130, 150, and required for 188A-B. May not be taken concurrently with course 120, 150, or 188. Students are billed a materials fee. Enrollment is restricted to majors and minors in Earth and planetary sciences and the combined majors with anthropology and environmental studies.

Credits

5

Instructor

Hilde Schwartz

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): Satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, and EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20; and EART 5L or EART 10L or EART 20L; or by permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in EART 109L is required.

Quarter offered

Fall, Spring

EART 109L Field Geology Laboratory

Laboratory exercises essential to the successful completion of fieldwork required in course 109. Topics include topographic maps, Brunton compass, rock identification and description, geologic map analysis, structure section construction, and landslide recognition.

Credits

2

Instructor

Hilde Schwartz

Requirements

Concurrent enrollment in EART 109 is required. Enrollment is restricted to Earth sciences majors and minors and the combined majors with anthropology and environmental studies or by permission of instructor.

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Fall, Spring

EART 110A Evolution of the Earth

Investigation of the processes and mechanisms that have produced the present Earth system, with an emphasis on the temporal evolution of the earth from the Archean to the present. Specific topics covered include cyclicity in Earth processes and the evolution of, and interplay between the planet's crust, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere.

Credits

5

Instructor

James Zachos, Quentin Williams

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20, and EART 5L or EART 10L or EART 20L, and MATH 11A or MATH 19A or AM 15A.

General Education Code

PE-E

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 110B Earth as a Chemical System

The chemical properties of Earth materials and the chemical processes by which the planet has evolved to its present state. Specific topics covered include properties of minerals; the genesis of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks; and the linkage between the solid Earth and the hydrosphere. Enrollment is permitted by permission code with equivalent or exceptional background, or if enrolled concurrently in Chemistry 1B.

Credits

5

Instructor

Elise Knittle

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20, and EART 5L or EART 10L or EART 20L, and CHEM 1B.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 110C The Dynamic Earth

Physical processes occurring in the interior of the earth, at its surface and in the oceans and atmospheres including plate tectonics, structural deformation of rocks, and material and heat transport. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Ian Garrick-Bethell

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20, and EART 5L or EART 10L or EART 20L; and EART 111 or MATH 22 or MATH 23A; and PHYS 6A or PHYS 5A.

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 110L Evolution of the Earth Laboratory

Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 110A. Emphasis is on quantifying and evaluating different phenomena related to thermal, tectonic, climatic, and evolutionary processes.

Credits

2

Instructor

James Zachos, Quentin Williams

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in EART 110A.

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 110M Earth as a Chemical System Laboratory

Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 110B. Emphasizes identification of the major rock-forming minerals and common rock types; principles of basic crystallography.

Credits

2

Instructor

Elise Knittle

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in EART 110B.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 110N The Dynamic Earth Laboratory

Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 110C.

Credits

2

Instructor

Ian Garrick-Bethell

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in EART 110C.

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 111 Mathematics in the Earth Sciences

Series and sequences, vectors, 3D analytic geometry, partial differentiation, matrix algebra, and differential equations with applications in the Earth sciences. Topics include matrix manipulation, systems of linear equations, least-squares, Taylor series, gradients, optimization, analytic and numerical solutions to differential equations.

Credits

5

Instructor

Walter Nimmo

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20, and MATH 11B or MATH 19B or AM 15B.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 116 Hydrology

Introduces processes involving water on and near Earth's surface, including meteorology, water properties, surface flows in steams and runoff, flood analysis, ground water, water budgets, sediment transport, erosion, and water quality. Problem set and laboratory each week. Laboratory/field: 3 hours. Students are billed a materials fee. Alternates annually with course 146. Enrollment is restricted to majors and minors in Earth and planetary sciences and the combined majors with anthropology and environmental studies.

Credits

5

Instructor

Margaret Zimmer

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20; and MATH 11A or MATH 19A or AM 15A; and PHYS 6A and PHYS 6L or PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L, or by permission of the instructor. EART 5L or EART 10L or EART 20L and PHYS 6B and PHYS 6M are recommended.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 118 Seismotectonics

Earthquakes and their relationship to plate tectonics. Topics include seismological analysis of earthquake faulting, types of seismic waves, seismicity distributions, thermal and rheological structure of plates, and seismic investigation of plate dynamics.

Credits

5

Instructor

Thorne Lay

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20; and MATH 11B or MATH 19B; and PHYS 5A or PHYS 6A.

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 119 Introductory Computer Programming for Geoscientists

Introduction to programming for Earth and environmental scientists. Course assumes no prior programming experience. Develops useful Python skills for prospective scientists, rather than cover all aspects of the computer language.

Credits

5

Instructor

Mathis Hain

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): MATH 19A or MATH 11A or MATH 20A and EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 120 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Stratigraphic principles used in classifying sedimentary rocks. Fundamentals of sedimentary mechanics. Analysis and interpretation of facies and depositional systems. Introduction to seismic facies and basin analysis. Course includes three Sunday field exercises. Students arebilled a materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Matthew Clapham

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, and EART 110A. EART 110B is recommended as preparation. May not be taken concurrently with EART 109.

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 120L Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Laboratory

Laboratory sequence illustrating topics in course 120, including sedimentary petrology, sedimentary structures, sequence stratigraphy, and geohistory analysis.

Credits

2

Instructor

Matthew Clapham

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in EART 120.

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 121 The Atmosphere

Course focuses on understanding basic atmospheric weather and climate phenomena starting from the fundamentals of physics and chemistry. Using this approach, covers topics such as atmospheric circulation, precipitation, clouds, storms, urban and regional air quality, atmospheric aerosols, and climate and global change. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Patrick Chuang

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): MATH 11B or MATH 19B or AM 15B; and CHEM 1A; and PHYS 5B or PHYS 6B.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 124 Modeling Earth's Climate

A hands-on course in climate modeling with emphasis on computer programming (Python) exercises. Topics include the physical laws governing climate, the hierarchy of model complexity, parameterizations, using models for prediction versus understanding, and application to past and future Earth climates.

Credits

5

Instructor

Nicole Feldl

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): MATH 11B or MATH 19B and PHYS 6B or PHYS 5B. Enrollment is restricted to environmental sciences majors and Earth sciences majors.

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 125 Statistics and Data Analysis in the Geosciences

Project-based introduction to analytical methods, such as univariate and multivariate statistics, cluster analysis and ordination, and maximum likelihood estimation, using a conceptual approach. Introduction to analysis and programming using the R software package. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 225.

Credits

5

Instructor

Matthew Clapham

General Education Code

SR

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 127 Measuring Earth's 4.5 Billion-Year History

Introduces the methodology for measuring the timing of events in Earth's past. Topics include: radiogenic and stable isotopes, chemostratigraphy and paleomagnetism. Case studies focus on reconstructing the timing of major extinction and climatic events in Earth's history. (Formerly Radiogenic Isotopes.)

Credits

5

Instructor

James Zachos, Terrence Blackburn

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 110B.

EART 128 Isotopes: Fundamentals and Applications in Earth and Marine Sciences

Explores the fundamentals and concepts of stable, radiogenic, and cosmogenic isotope chemistry with applications relevant to Earth, marine, and biological sciences.

Credits

5

Instructor

James Zachos

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 110B or permission of instructor.

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 129 Global Change

Covers the science of past and future climate change. Topics include: drivers of radiative forcing; carbon cycle; climate history of Earth; climate feedbacks; detection and attribution of climate change; climate change responses, impacts, adaptation, and mitigation.

Credits

5

Instructor

Patrick Chuang

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): MATH 11B and CHEM 1C. Enrollment is restricted to environmental sciences majors and Earth sciences majors.

EART 130 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Introduction to the relationship between tectonic environments and the genesis of rock assemblages, primarily igneous and metamorphic. Examples from California and elsewhere are used to illustrate petrogenetic processes and characteristic petrologic features of rocks from all major tectonic settings.

Credits

5

Instructor

Elise Knittle

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 110B. Concurrent enrollment in EART 130L is required.

EART 130L Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory

An introduction to optical mineralogy and the petrography of igneous rocks. (Formerly Magmas and Volcanos Laboratory.)

Credits

2

Instructor

Elise Knittle

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 110B. Concurrent enrollment in EART 130 is required.

EART 134 Thermochemistry of Geologic Systems

Introduction to the thermodynamic and kinetic principles with a strong emphasis on applications to Earth materials. Implications for phase equilibria, geothermometry/geobarometry, element partitioning, and physical properties of minerals, magmas, and solutions.

Credits

5

Instructor

Quentin Williams

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 110B.

EART 135L Practical Geochemistry

Provides hands-on exposure to geochemical instrumentation with a focus on data collection. Practical labs apply sample imaging, isotopic major- and trace-element measurements to natural samples. Laboratory sessions are supported by instruction, geochemistry, and Earth science.

Credits

5

Instructor

Terrence Blackburn, Myriam Telus

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 5, or EART 10, or EART 20. EART 110B is recommended. Enrollment is restricted to majors and minors in Earth sciences and the combined majors with anthropology and environmental studies.

EART 140 Geomorphology

An introduction to the evolution of the Earth's landscape, with emphasis on the processes responsible. Review of climatic and tectonic forcing followed by detailed discussion of weathering, glaciers, hillslopes, wind, rivers, and coastal processes with emphasis on their geographic distribution. One single day and one three-day field trip.

Credits

5

Instructor

Noah Finnegan

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements and EART 110A. Concurrent enrollment in EART 140L is required.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 140L Geomorphology Laboratory

Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 140. These extensive laboratory exercises emphasize the quantification of the geomorphic processes and forms, and on the writing of concise summaries of the science in the form of abstracts. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

2

Instructor

Noah Finnegan

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in EART 140 is required.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 142 Engineering Geology for Environmental Scientists

Introduction to the formation, composition, and classification of soils; the chemical interaction of soil and groundwater; and basic soil mechanics: stress-strain behavior, effective stress concept, consolidation, soil testing methods. Applications to problems including slope stability, landslides, liquefaction, subsidence, soil creep, debris flows. Laboratory: 3 hours. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Slawomir Tulaczyk

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20; and MATH 11A or MATH 19A or AM 15A.

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 146 Groundwater

Explores saturated and unsaturated fluid flow below Earth's surface, well hydraulics, and recourse evaluation and development. Introduces modeling, field techniques, geochemistry, and contaminant transport and remediation. Problem set and laboratory each week; final paper. Laboratory: 3 hours. Students are billed a materials fee. Alternates annually with course 116. Enrollment is restricted to majors and minors in Earth and planetary sciences and the combined majors with anthropology and environmental studies. Course 5L or 10L or 20L and Physics 6B/M are recommended as preparation

Credits

5

Instructor

Andrew Fisher

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; and EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20; and MATH 11A or MATH 19A or AM 15A; and PHYS 6A and PHYS 6L (PHYS 6B and PHYS 6M recommended); and CHEM 1A, or by permission of the instructor.

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 148 Glaciology

Introduction to the role of snow and ice in the dynamics of the earth surface system. Snow deposition and metamorphosis. Heat and mass balance at snow and ice surfaces. Flow of glaciers, ice sheets, and sea ice. Methods of climate reconstruction. Ice age theories. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Slawomir Tulaczyk

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, and EART 5 or EART 10 or EART 20; and MATH 11A or MATH 19A or AM 15A.

EART 150 Structural Geology

Principles and methods of analysis of brittly and ductily deformed rocks. Includes descriptions of structures, field analysis of structures, and mechanics of deformation. Three day-long field trips on weekends. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Jeremy Hourigan

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, and EART 110A or EART 110B; EART 109 recommended; concurrent enrollment in EART 150L is required.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 150L Structural Geology Laboratory

Structural analysis of faults, folds, and maps. Use of stereographic projections. Cross section construction and balancing from field data.

Credits

2

Instructor

Jeremy Hourigan

Requirements

Concurrent enrollment in EART 150 is required.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 152 Tectonics

The processes, techniques, and interpretations involved in the study of active crustal movements; constraints from plate tectonics; horizontal and vertical motions and rates; geodesy, including GPS; stress measurement; image interpretation; fault system analysis; paleoseismicity; fluid effects. Examples from the circum-Pacific. Laboratory-3 hours. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 207. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Jeremy Hourigan

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 10 or EART 5 or EART 20; and EART 10L or EART 5L or EART 20L; and PHYS 5A or PHYS 6A or equivalent per instructor permission.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 160 Planetary Science

Broad introduction to planetary science. Topics include the fundamental characteristics of solar system bodies; space exploration of these bodies; formation and evolution of surfaces, atmospheres and interiors of planets, satellites and small bodies.

Credits

5

Instructor

Ian Garrick-Bethell

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, and MATH 11B or MATH 19B or AM 15B; and PHYS 5A or PHYS 6A.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 162 Planetary Interiors

The chemical and thermal structure and evolution of silicate planet interiors. Topics include equation of state of mantle and core materials, thermal history of the mantle and core, dynamics of mantle convection, geophysical determination of interior structure. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 262.

Credits

5

Instructor

Ian Garrick-Bethell

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 160; and EART 111 or MATH 22 or MATH 23A; and PHYS 5C or PHYS 6C.

EART 163 Planetary Surfaces

Comparative study of surfaces and atmospheres of planetary bodies in solar system, focusing on comparative planetology and geophysical processes at work, including differentiation, impact cratering, tectonics, volcanism, and geomorphic evolution. Explores terrestrial planets, giant planets and their moons. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 263.

Credits

5

Instructor

Walter Nimmo

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 160.

EART 164 Planetary Atmospheres

A quantitative study of the origin, chemistry, dynamics, and observations of the atmospheres of terrestrial and gas-giant planets. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 264.

Credits

5

Instructor

Xinyi Zhang

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 160.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 165 History and Geochemistry of the Solar System

Introduces solar system history and geochemistry. Observation methods and tools discussed include major and trace element geochemistry, geothermometry, radiogenic and stable isotopes. Solar system reconstructed through the examination of meteorites from different parent bodies.

Credits

5

Instructor

Terrence Blackburn, Myriam Telus

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 110B.

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 172 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Introduces fluid motion influenced by rotation. Topics include the Coriolis force, geostrophic flow, potential vorticity, the shallow water model, quasigeostrophic approximation, planetary waves, Ekman theory, thermal wind, models of the large-scale oceanic and atmospheric circulation, and equatorial dynamics. Taught in conjunction with course 272. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 272.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

OCEA 172

Instructor

Christopher Edwards

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 107 or AM 107; MATH 22 or MATH 23B recommended.

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 188A Summer Field Internship

Three weeks of summer field study in geologically complex regions in the White-Inyo Mountains of eastern California. Activities include geologic field mapping on topographic and photographic base maps, stratigraphy, petrology, and structure analysis. A fee is required for participation. Contact sponsoring agency for details. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; courses 109/L, 110A/L, and 110B/M. Enrollment is restricted to Earth sciences majors. Concurrent enrollment in course 188B is required. Interview only via application filed with department.

Credits

5

Instructor

Hilde Schwartz

General Education Code

PR-E

EART 188B Geographic Information Systems with Applications to the Earth Sciences

Introduction to basic principles of geographic information systems (GIS). Visualization of earthscapes with applications to problem-solving in the Earth sciences. Laboratory exercises in loading, manipulation, and interpretation of data sets. Field investigations of phenomena visualized in laboratory, including geological description, interpretation, and written report preparation. Lecture and laboratory portions of course occur during spring quarter. Field investigations and report-writing occur in the summer following spring quarter. A fee is required for participation. Contact sponsoring agency for details. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; courses 109/L, 110A/L, and 110B/M. Enrollment is restricted to Earth sciences majors. Concurrent enrollment in course 188A is required. Interview only via application filed with department.

Credits

5

Instructor

Noah Finnegan

EART 189A Geographic Information Systems with Applications in Earth Sciences

Introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for geologic mapping and interpretation. Students gain experience with satellite, air photo, and digital elevation model (DEM) interpretation, and research the geology, tectonics, paleontology, and stratigraphy for field sites in eastern California. Prerequisite(s): courses 109, 109L, 110A, and 110. Enrollment is restricted to Earth sciences majors, and combined Earth sciences/environmental studies majors. Enrollment via an application.

Credits

5

Instructor

J. Hourigan, N. Finnegan

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 189B Summer Field Study

Students spend three weeks in this field course on advanced geologic mapping acquiring and analyzing original data and then another 11 days refining their interpretations. Emphasis is on geologic mapping, stratigraphy, structure and tectonic analysis, and petrology. Students are billed a fee. Prerequisite(s): courses 109, 109L, 110A, 110L, 110B, 110M, and 189A and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to Earth sciences and combined Earth sciences/environmental studies majors. Enrollment via an application.

Credits

5

Instructor

J. Hourigan, N. Finnegan

EART 190 Earth Sciences Mentorship

Faculty research activity, analytic facilities, and career counseling in three separate Earth sciences laboratories are offered with varied formats including field trips, discussions, and equipment demonstrations. Three different faculty participate in each offering.

Credits

1

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to Earth sciences, Earth sciences/anthropology, and environmental studies/Earth sciences majors.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 191A Climate Change Science and Policy

Explores the scientific basis of current and pending climate change, and the state of climate policy issues in California, the nation, and the world. Work includes foundational lectures on both public policy and climate science; additional guest lectures from policy makers, politicians, and scientists. Students are introduced to and become familiar with addressing climate-change issues from both policy and scientific perspectives; research papers and public presentations are required activities.

Credits

5

Instructor

Patrick Chuang

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): Satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior majors in Earth sciences and the combined major with anthropology.

EART 191B Planetary Capstone

Examines a crosscutting topic in planetary sciences (e.g., volcanism) to satisfy the senior capstone requirement. Students are assessed on the basis of an oral presentation and a written report in which a synthetic review is present.

Credits

5

Instructor

Myriam Telus

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 160, and EART 111 or MATH 22. Enrollment is restricted to seniors and graduate students.

EART 191C Practical Geophysics

Hands-on practice analyzing real-life observational data including earthquake catalogs, seismograms, gravity, and GPS data. Emphasis on data collection, and access and manipulation skills. Introduction to MATLAB programming included. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 266.

Credits

5

Instructor

Emily Brodsky

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EART 110C.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 194F Education Capstone

Students write a paper on a lesson plan developed after their CalTeach internship courses. This independent study is supervised by Earth and planetary sciences faculty or ocean sciences faculty, as well as a member of the CalTeach staff or Education Department.

Credits

2

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): EDUC 185C and EDUC 185L. Enrollment is restricted to Earth and planetary sciences majors with a concentration in science education.

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

EART 195 Senior Thesis

Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. Enrollment is restricted to seniors. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

EART 196B Tutoring Earth Sciences in the University

Students facilitate laboratory and field exercises in conjunction with faculty and teaching assistants in various Earth sciences courses. May not count toward upper-division major requirements. Approval of sponsoring agency; interview, and selection by primary instructor of specific courses required. (Formerly Teaching Earth Sciences in the University.)

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

EART 196C Tutoring Earth Sciences in the University

Students facilitate laboratory and field exercises in conjunction with faculty and teaching assistants in various Earth sciences courses. May not count toward upper-division major requirements. Approval of sponsoring agency; interview. and selection by primary instructor of specific courses required. Enrollment restricted to Earth sciences, Earth sciences/anthropology, and environmental studies/Earth sciences majors.(Formerly Teaching Earth Sciences in the University.)

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

EART 198 Earth Sciences Internship

A supervised learning experience involving practical application of Earth sciences through working with approved companies, governmental agencies, or research organizations. Students consult weekly with supervising faculty and prepare a final report of their work. Consult sponsoring agency for enrollment criteria. After instruction on resume preparation and interview skills, students must interview and be selected for internship by approved sponsoring organizations. Enrollment is restricted to Earth sciences, Earth sciences/anthropology, and environmental studies/Earth sciences majors.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

EART 198F Earth Sciences Internship

A supervised learning experience involving practical application of Earth sciences through working with approved companies, governmental agencies, or research organizations. Students consult weekly with supervising faculty and prepare a final report of their work. May not be counted toward upper-division major requirements. Consult sponsoring agency for enrollment criteria. After instruction on resume preparation and interview skills, student must interview and be selected for internship by approved sponsoring organizations. Enrollment is restricted to Earth sciences, Earth sciences/anthropology, and environmental studies/Earth sciences majors.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

EART 199 Tutorial

Introduction to research in laboratory, field, or theoretical subjects as an independent study. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

EART 199F Tutorial

Introduction to research in laboratory, field, or theoretical subjects as an independent study. May not be counted toward upper-division major requirements. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

EART 203 Introductory Teaching Seminar

Intended for new Earth sciences graduate students. Focus on preparation, assessment, and feedback. Classroom techniques, organizational and time management strategies, practice teaching sessions specific to laboratory and/or science instruction. Required follow-up meetings to discuss practical teaching experience.

Credits

1

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 204 Earth and Planetary Sciences Foundations

Provides a comprehensive overview of key concepts, dominant paradigms, and research frontiers in Earth and planetary sciences in plenary talks by multiple faculty. Provides a required foundation course for all incoming students pursuing graduate degrees in Earth and planetary sciences. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to Earth sciences graduate students.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 206 Great Papers in the Earth Sciences

Exposure to the most important ideas in the Earth sciences through exploration of the primary literature. Seminal papers in different subdisciplines of the Earth sciences are read and analyzed to provide breadth and improve students' ability to think critically.

Credits

5

Instructor

Quentin Williams, Terrence Blackburn

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to Earth sciences graduate students.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 207 Tectonics

An overview of tectonic theory and processes for application to the Earth sciences. The course explores the primary tools of tectonic interpretation including plate kinematics, rheology, plate boundary dynamics, and the behavior of active fault systems. Taught in conjunction with course 152. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 152.

Credits

5

Instructor

Jeremy Hourigan

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 208 Methods in Paleoclimatology

Addresses methods used to reconstruct aspects of paleoclimates and paleoenvironments from the geologic record, focusing primarily on terrestrial records. Topics to be covered include dendrochronology and dendroclimatology, paleopalynology, paleobotany, ice cores, and paleosol studies. Lectures, discussions, and laboratory work.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

EART 220 Ground Water Modeling

Introduction to building and using models to solve hydrogeologic problems. Modeling methods include mainly analytical and finite-difference. Emphasis on using models rather than the details of their functioning, although some coding is required. Comfort with mathematical methods and computers expected. Course designed for graduate students, but available to qualified Earth science majors.

Credits

5

Instructor

Andrew Fisher

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): graduate standing or permission of instructor required. One year of calculus and courses in differential equations and basic hydrologic principles are recommended as preparation.

EART 225 Statistics and Data Analysis in the Geosciences

Using a conceptual approach, this course is a project-based introduction to analytical methods, such as univariate and multivariate statistics, cluster analysis and ordination, and maximum likelihood estimation. Introduces analysis and programming using the R software package. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 125.

Credits

5

Instructor

Matthew Clapham

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 227 Measuring Earth's 4.5 Billion Year History

Introduces the methodology for measuring the timing of events in Earth's past. Topics include: radiogenic and stable isotopes chemostratigraphy and paleomagentism. Case studies focus on reconstructing the timing of major extinction and climatic events in Earth's history. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 127.

Credits

5

Instructor

James Zachos, Terrence Blackburn

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

EART 229 Isotopic Methods in Environmental Science

Explores how natural variations in stable isotope ratios answer questions in ecology, paleobiology, and other environmental sciences. Format includes lectures by the instructor and student presentations on applications following literature-based research on each topic.

Credits

5

Instructor

Paul Koch

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

EART 240 Communicating Science

Introduces inquiry-based instructional strategies for communicating a passion for science. These strategies, combined with content knowledge and enthusiasm for sharing it, equips college students to introduce science to K-8 students and teachers in local schools.

Credits

3

Instructor

Adina Paytan

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 254 The Climate System

Focuses on atmospheric and oceanic processes that are important within the Earth's climate system, especially those that operate on annual to centennial time scales. Format includes lectures by the instructors, paper readings, and discussion.

Credits

5

Instructor

Ana Ravelo, Patrick Chuang

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 258 Deep Time Paleoclimates

Weekly lectures/readings/presentations focused on the key events in the long-term evolution of Earth's climate (i.e., before the Pliocene), including early Archean, faint, young-sun period; Proterozoic snowballs; Paleozoic glaciations and greenhouse events; the mid-Cretaceous oceanic anoxic events (OAEs); and Paleogene thermal maxima and glacial intervals. Considerable emphasis on evaluating the proxies of climate and mechanisms of climate change (e.g., greenhouse gasses, paleogeography).

Credits

5

Instructor

James Zachos

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

EART 262 Planetary Interiors

The chemical and thermal structure and evolution of silicate planet interiors. Topics include equation of state of mantle and core materials, thermal history of the mantle and core, dynamics of mantle convention, geophysical determination of interior structure. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 162.

Credits

5

Instructor

Ian Garrick-Bethell

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

EART 263 Planetary Surfaces

Comparative study of surfaces of planetary bodies in our solar system, focusing on comparative planetology and geophysical processes at work, including differentiation; on-impact cratering; tectonics; volcanism and geomorphic evolution; and exobiology. Explores terrestrial planets, giant planets and their moons, and trans-Neptunian objects, focusing on modern exploration. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 163.

Credits

5

Instructor

Walter Nimmo

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

EART 264 Planetary Atmospheres

Quantitative study of the origin, chemistry, dynamics, and observations of the atmospheres of terrestrial and gas giant planets. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 164.

Credits

5

Instructor

Xi Zhang

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 265 Order of Magnitude Estimation

Practice in making rough estimates and leading-order approximations in physical and chemical processes.

Credits

5

Instructor

Patrick Chuang, Walter Nimmo

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

EART 266 Geologic Signal Processing and Inverse Theory

Theoretical and practical aspects of digital signal analysis including data sampling, spectral estimation, digital filtering, statistical estimation, correlation tools, and principle-component analysis. Emphasis on practical examples of geophysical time series. Multivariable calculus and linear algebra are required and used extensively in the course. Taught in conjunction with course 191C. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 191C.

Credits

5

Instructor

Emily Brodsky

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 270 Global Seismology

Introduction to quantitative earthquake and global Earth structure seismology. Topics include basic elasticity, wave characteristics, seismic ray theory, wave reflection, surface waves, normal modes, seismic instrumentation, application of seismic waves to reveal Earth structure and resulting models, representation of earthquake sources such as explosions and faulting, earthquake rupture scaling, modern methods of modeling seismic recordings to study source complexity, and an introduction to seismotectonics. Laboratory: 3 hours.

Credits

5

Instructor

Thorne Lay

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 271 Current Research Topics in Deep Earth Processes

Students and instructor lead discussions of recent and significant publications in geophysics and chemistry of deep Earth. Articles structured around current theme of interest are selected by participants and approved by instructor. Emphasis on defining multidisciplinary significance of each article and its relationship to fundamental processes in deep Earth, including core and mantle. Designed for graduate students but available to qualified Earth sciences majors.

Credits

5

Instructor

Thorne Lay

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 272 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Introduces fluid motion influenced by rotation. Topics include the Coriolis force, geostrophic flow, potential vorticity, the shallow water model, quasigeostrophic approximation, planetary waves, Ekman theory, thermal wind, models of the large-scale oceanic and atmospheric circulation, and equatorial dynamics. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 172.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

OCEA 272

Instructor

Christopher Edwards

Requirements

PHYS 227 is recommended as preparation. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 273 Earthquake Physics

Why do earthquakes happen? Topics include friction, fracture, earthquake triggering, stress in the crust, observed source scalings, and seismicity statistics. Emphasis on observations and current research topics. (Formerly course 290J, Topics in Earthquake Physics.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Emily Brodsky

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

EART 278A Advanced Seismology

Elastic wave propagation. Advanced topics in ray theory, WKBJ solutions in seismology, singularities and nonlinearities, surface wave theory, propagating matrices, normal modes, and inversion theory. Selected topics in time series analysis and seismic signal processing, seismic wave dispersion.

Credits

5

Instructor

Thorne Lay

Requirements

Course is designed for graduate students but available to qualified Earth sciences majors. PHYS 110B and PHYS 114B are recommended as preparation. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 280D Short Course in Atmospheric/Climate Science

Addresses specialized topics in atmospheric and/or climate science that are too narrow for a full (5-credit) format. Examples include: cloud physics; atmospheric boundary layer; aerosol physics and chemistry; atmospheric radiation; atmospheric thermodynamics.

Credits

3

Instructor

Patrick Chuang

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 290B Topics in Glaciology

Advanced review of the physics and chemistry of ice and snow. Mass and heat balance of ice masses. Motion of glaciers and ice sheets. Subglacial and englacial hydrology. Thermodynamics of ice masses and the linkage to climate.

Credits

5

Instructor

Slawomir Tulaczyk

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 290C Topics in Geophysics

Different problems and approaches will be stressed from year to year such as geotectonics, paleomagnetism, or properties and processes in the mantle and core.

Credits

5

Instructor

Ian Garrick-Bethell

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students; qualified Earth sciences majors by permission of instructor.

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 290D Petrology and Plate Tectonics

Selected topics illustrating relationships between igneous and metamorphic rocks and plate tectonics are explored in detail. Designed for graduate students but available to qualified Earth sciences majors.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 290E Topics in Planetary Science

We examine one well-defined topic in planetary science, beginning with a summary of current knowledge and concluding with the latest research literature. Topics will vary from year to year and may include planetary collisions, terrestrial planets, origin of planetary systems, small bodies, the New Mars, and satellites of Jupiter. Achievement will be evaluated based on class participation, exams, and a research project.

Credits

5

Instructor

Xi Zhang, Myriam Telus

Requirements

Open to undergraduate majors with permission of instructor. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 290F Topics in Coastal Processes

Instructor and students lead discussions and make presentations on current research, problems, and publications in coastal processes. These topics include littoral drift, sediment transport and storage on the inner shelf, shoreline erosion/change and its documentation, and related issues.

Credits

2

Instructor

Gary Griggs

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 290G Topics in Global Tectonics

Explores different problems of special interest in global tectonics with the approach of integrating marine and terrestrial geologic and geophysical information. Course designed for graduate students but available to qualified Earth sciences majors.

Credits

5

Instructor

Eli Silver

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 290H Topics in Hydrogeology

Selected topics in groundwater, hydrothermal systems, and related subjects. Discussion of theoretical models, field and laboratory approaches, and recent research. Topics vary from year to year. Course designed for graduate students but available to qualified Earth sciences majors.

Credits

5

Instructor

Andrew Fisher

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall

EART 290I Topics in Geomorphology

Discussion of journal articles focused on a theme in contemporary geomorphology. Topics include: coupling of climate; tectonics and landscape evolution; mechanics of bedrock river channels; fundamentals of fluvial gravel transport; and inference of tectonic rates and processes from analysis of topography.

Credits

5

Instructor

Noah Finnegan

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students; qualified undergraduates may enroll by permission of instructor.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 290K Paleontology Seminar

Seminar discussion based on current readings in the literature around some topic in the history and evolution of life.

Credits

3

Instructor

Paul Koch, Matthew Clapham

Requirements

Course designed for graduate students but available to qualified upper-division science students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 290L Topics in Climate Change

Explores current issues and recent developments in the field of past, present, and future climate change. Topic is different each year, but focuses on the interaction between different components of Earth's environment and the effect of that interaction on climate change. Designed for graduate students but open to qualified undergraduates.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 290M Topics in Atmospheric Science

Selected topics encompassing atmospheric physics and chemistry. Topics vary from year to year. Sample topics include: atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry, boundary layer meteorology, aerosol science, and atmospheric thermodynamics. (Formerly Topics in Atmospheric Chemistry.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Nicole Feldl

Requirements

Designed for graduate students, but qualified undergraduates may enroll with permission of instructor.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 290N Topics in Mineral Physics

Selected topics encompassing the physics and chemistry of Earth's interior, planetary physics, high-pressure experimental geophysics and material properties at high pressure and temperature. Topics vary from year to year.

Credits

5

Instructor

Elise Knittle

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students and qualified Earth sciences majors by permission of instructor.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 290O Topics in Hydrology

Selected topics in watershed hydrology and related subjects. Discussion journal articles focused on fundamental concepts, scientific breakthroughs, and innovative methods. Topics include: water storage, runoff generation and thresholds, hydrologic connectivity, and ecohydrology.

Credits

5

Instructor

Margaret Zimmer

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students; qualified undergraduates may enroll with permission of the instructor.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 290P Interdisciplinary Topics in the Earth Sciences

An understanding of the chemical and physical properties and processes in the earth is sought by integrating information from several subdisciplines in the Earth sciences. Topics vary from year to year, focusing on areas of active research. Course designed for graduate student but available to qualified Earth sciences majors.

Credits

5

Instructor

Susan Schwartz

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): graduate standing or permission of instructor. Course is designed for graduate student but available to qualified Earth sciences majors.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 290Q Topics in Outer Solar System

Exploration of the planets and satellites beyond the asteroid belt, with an emphasis on the underlying physical processes at work. Course includes lectures, computer practicals, and student presentations.

Credits

5

Instructor

Walter Nimmo

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Winter

EART 290R Topics in the Chemistry and Physics of the Earth

Explores problems and current research developments in the application of physics and chemistry to planetary interiors. Topics differ from year to year and include, but are not limited to, research related to the accretion, differentiation, evolution, and structure of the terrestrial planets. Course is designed for graduate students but available to qualified Earth sciences majors.

Credits

5

Instructor

Quentin Williams

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 290T Current Research Topics in Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

Students and instructor lead discussions of recent and significant problems in paleoceanography and paleoclimatology. Articles structured around current themes of interest are selected by the instructor. Emphasis on major climatic transitions or events which noticeably influenced evolution of biota. Course is designed for graduate students but available to qualified Earth sciences majors.

Credits

5

Instructor

James Zachos

EART 290U Topics in Thermochronology

Surveys the use of thermochronometry to quantify the rates of tectonic processes. Topics include heat conduction and diffusion; radioactive decay; analytical methods; and modeling of thermochronologic data. Seminars review seminal papers from the literature.

Credits

5

Instructor

Jeremy Hourigan

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

EART 290X Topics in Modeling Planetary Interiors

Introduces computer modeling of thermal convection in planetary interiors. Students learn to write and run a basic computer code using spectral and finite-difference methods, then are shown how to improve the numerical method and physics. Basic computer programming experience is required (for example, in Fortran, C, IDL, or MATLAB).

Credits

5

Instructor

Gary Glatzmaier

Requirements

Course is designed for and enrollment restricted to graduate students, but available to qualified science majors.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 292 Seminar

Weekly seminar attended by faculty, graduate students, and upper-division undergraduate students.

Credits

0

Instructor

James Zachos

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

EART 293 Graduate Research Seminar

Weekly seminar series covering a broad spectrum of topics in the Earth sciences. Graduate students give 15- to 20-minute oral presentations on current or anticipated research.

Credits

1

Instructor

James Zachos

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Spring

EART 296 Special Student Seminar

Permission of instructor required.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

EART 297A Independent Study

Permission of instructor required.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 297B Independent Study

Permission of instructor required.

Credits

10

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 297C Independent Study

Permission of instructor required.

Credits

15

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 298 Earth Sciences Internship

A supervised learning experience involving practical, graduate-level application of Earth sciences through working with approved companies, governmental agencies, or research organizations. Students consult weekly with supervising faculty and prepare a final report of their work. Consult sponsoring agency for enrollment criteria. After instruction on resume preparation and interview skills, students must interview and be selected for internship by approved sponsoring organizations.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

EART 299A Thesis Research

Permission of instructor required.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 299B Thesis Research

Permission of instructor required.

Credits

10

Repeatable for credit

Yes

EART 299C Thesis Research

Permission of instructor required.

Credits

15

Repeatable for credit

Yes