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EESC 1132 – Exploring the Earth (4 credits)

Corequisite: EESC 1133 (Lab)
Satisfies Natural Science Core Requirement

The Earth is a dynamic planet, one that our species is clearly changing. A great challenge of the twenty-first century is to maintain the Earth’s ability to support the growing human population. This course discusses the origin and materials of the Earth and the processes by which it has evolved. It is designed as a first course for Geology, Geophysics, Geology-Geophysics, and Geological Sciences majors and provides a background in Earth Sciences for all majors and minors in the department and core students. The laboratory (GE133) consists of in-class exercises, analysis of rocks, and a weekend field trip.

 

EESC 2220 – Earth Materials (4 credits)

Prerequisite: EESC 1132 or at least two from EESC 2201-2208
Corequisite: EESC 2221 (Lab)

Designed to acquaint majors and minors in the Department or in the Environmental Sciences minor with the basic materials present in the Earth and on the Earth’s surface. The common rock-forming silicate minerals are discussed first. Then igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic processes are investigated to develop the classifications of these groups of rocks.

 

EESC 3385 – Structural Geology (4 credits)

Prerequisite: EESC 1132
Corequisite: EESC 3386 (Lab)

Offered Biennially

The goal of this course is the development of skills in the structural analysis of rock bodies as seen in outcrops, or small areas, to gain an understanding of the geometries, sequencing, and kinematics of deformational features. Structures such as folds, faults, foliations, lineations, and shear zones will be considered at various scales, as visible in the field, or in thin section. We will also discuss some inter- and intra- granular deformation mechanisms. The 3-hour laboratory consists of in-class problems and some field-based problems.

 

EESC 5543- Tectonics (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Undergraduates wishing to take this course should have completed EESC 1132 or EESC 2220, and speak with the course instructor prior to registering.

Offered Biennially

Plate Tectonics, the idea that the surface of the Earth moves and reshapes itself through time, has revolutionized geology. While a great deal has been learned about the movements and evolution of the Earth’s lithospheric plates through time, the full implications of this theory remain an area of active research and debate. Modern studies increasingly document important feedbacks between patterns of climate, deposition, metamorphism, magmatism, seismicity and deformation that can be understood in the context of the past and present motions of the Earth’s plates. This course will focus on understanding the linkages between these dynamic processes through time.

 

EESC 6691 – Earth Systems Seminar (3 credits)

An advanced seminar on topics in the Geosciences requiring integration of many subspecialities. Topics vary from year to year. Students will be expected to read and report on papers from the recent literature and prepare one or more talks similar to those presented at scientific meetings and a term paper integrating data from various areas of Geosciences. Required for all incoming graduate students.