Academic Catalog

Earth Science (ES)

ES 105  Earth Science (GS)  (3 credits)  

A survey of the physical earth for nonscience majors is presented with emphasis on the waters and the atmosphere, including principles and concepts of geology; plate tectonics; environmental phenomena; earthquakes, volcanoes, seismic sea waves, landslides, surface processes, earth resources, wastes and hazards. Designed for students who share with the scientist the curiosity, wonder, and interest in the earth and the atmospheric changes.

ES 106  Earth Science Laboratory (GL)  (1 credit)  

This is an introductory laboratory course in the fundamentals of earth science and is especially appropriate for students new to earth science. Topics include earthquakes, hydrology, geology, weather phenomena and the oceans. The course meets for a total of 30 laboratory hours per semester. Course Fee.

Prerequisite(s): ES 105

ES 107  Earth and Space Science  (4 credits)  

This course provides an exploration of selected topics in the earth and astronomical sciences. Studies will include plate tectonics, hydrologic cycle, earth history, earth resources, and fundamental characteristics of stars, galaxies, and planets. Students will investigate how this all fits together and our place in the universe. The course is taught in a "hands-on," inquiry based, constructivist method. Students completing ES 107 cannot earn credit for graduation for ES 105/106 or ASTR 151/152. Course meets Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree requirements. The course meets for a total of 45 lecture hours and 30 laboratory hours per semester. Course fee.

ES 108  General Meteorology (GL)  (4 credits)  

This introductory course surveys the structure, weather, and climate in our Earth's atmosphere. Topics include solar energy input and distribution to the Earth; the role of atmospheric moisture in cloud development and precipitation; the development of winds, global circulation, and the motion of air masses and fronts; severe weather processes, and human impact on climate changes. Course work includes laboratory experiences and a collaborative field exercise that includes weather observations. The course meets for a total of 45 lecture hours and 30 laboratory hours per semester. Course fee.