Undergraduate Courses

  • EAS1600
    Credits:
    4.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Prerequisites:
    MATH 1501 or MATH 1511 or MATH 15X1 or MATH 1711 or MATH 171

    Introduction to environmental field science. Case study approach. Exposure to basic field equipment and techniques, analysis of data.

  • EAS1601
    Credits:
    4.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:

    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.

  • EAS2551
    Credits:
    1.00
    Prerequisites:
    EAS 2750 or PHYS 2750

    An introduction to analysis of forecasting data and model output.

  • EAS2600
    Credits:
    4.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:

    An introduction to earth materials and processes.

  • EAS2655
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Prerequisites:
    CS 1371 and MATH 2401 and MATH 2403

    Integrated course in mathematical, physical, and computing techniques for application in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

  • EAS2750
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Prerequisites:
    MATH 1502 and PHYS 2211

    An introductory treatment of the application of the basic physical laws to the understanding of weather phenomena. Cross listed with Phys 2750.

  • EAS2900
    Credits:
    22.00
    Lecture:
    22.00
  • EAS3110
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Web Page:

    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.

  • EAS3603
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Prerequisites:
    PHYS 2212 and MATH 2401

    An introduction to the thermodynamics of the Earth and atmosphere.

  • EAS3610
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Prerequisites:
    PHYS 2212 and EAS 2600
    Research Topics: Geophysics

    An introduction to visualizing and understanding earth history, structure, and dynamics through geophysical methods including seismology, gravity, magnetism, heat flow, geochronology, and geodesy.

  • EAS3620
    Credits:
    4.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Prerequisites:
    CHEM 1311 or CHEM 1312

    A quantitative treatment of geochemical processes in the Earth and natural waters, with emphasis on chemical reactions among atmospheric gases, minerals, and aqueous solutions.

  • EAS4200
    Credits:
    4.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Prerequisites:
    EAS 2600 and PHYS 2211

    Structural geology and continuum mechanics for scientists and civil engineers. Stress and strain in rocks; faults, joints and folds; basic field mapping; laboratory exercises.

  • EAS4300
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Research Topics: Oceanography & Climate

    Chemistry and physics of the ocean. Distributions of temperature, salinity, and density. Equations of state and motion. Surface and deep-water circulation. Waves and tides. Composition of seawater: dissolved sales, gases, and nutrients. Biological processes. Marine sediments.

  • EAS4312
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Web Page:
    Research Topics: Geophysics

    This course is a quantitative discussion of the physical properties of earth materials and dynamic processes in the solid Earth. We will closely follow Geodynamics by Turcotte & Schubert, in covering topics in stress and strain, elasticity and texure, heat transfer, gravity, fluid mechanics, rock rheology, and crustal faulting as mechanisms and consequences of plate tectonics.

  • EAS4314
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Prerequisites:
    EAS 3610
    Research Topics: Geophysics

    Introduction to elastic wave propagation, and studies of the solid Earth's interior and earthquake source from seismic waves. Credit not allowed for both EAS 4314 and EAS 6314.

  • EAS4331
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Web Page:
    Research Topics: Geophysics

    Volcanic eruptions are the surface expression of the transfer of mass and volatiles from the deep interior of the planet. Violent eruptions rapidly transform the landscape and impact the atmosphere on short timescales, and the integrated history of magmatism has played a central role in the production of the crust and the degassing history of the planet. The fluid dynamics of volcanoes span a vast array of phenomena from viscous magma flows to turbulent, multiphase eruptions. This course will trace the path of magmas from their ultimate source in the mantle, storage and evolution in the crust, through eruption at the surface where they interact with the landscape and atmosphere.

  • EAS4350
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Web Page:

    This course explores the history of the Earth's climate, covering methods for reconstructing past climate and the mechanisms behind these climate changes.

  • EAS4360
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Research Topics: Space & Planetary Science

    This course will explore the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth's magnetosphere using a combination spacecraft observations and fundamental plasma physics. Credit not allowed for both EAS 4360 and EAS 6360.

  • EAS4370
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Prerequisites:
    PHYS 2212 and MATH 2403
    Research Topics: Space & Planetary Science

    In this course we will study the forces and influences that determine the composition, structure and evolution of the planets in our solar system.

  • EAS4410
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:

    The physics behind the climate and its potential changes, as well as an introduction to the policy issues in global change.

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