Earth Science (ERTH)
Studies the natural environment from a geographical perspective. Analyzes the distribution and character of environmental elements, including weather, climate, landforms, soils, and vegetation. Examines consequences of human intervention in natural systems. Required laboratory.
Studies the earth, including the origin and types of earth materials, volcanism and crystal deformation, external earth processes and development of landscapes, geological resources, and geological processes as natural hazards. Required laboratory.
Studies natural processes which are hazardous in the context of human activities, including relevant geologic, geomorphic, climatic, and meteorologic phenomena; examines the origin and significance of selected hazards from natural and human perspectives and explores how people underestimate or misjudge risk.
Examines general meteorological and climatic characteristics through space and time, especially as influenced by temperature, wind, and moisture. Explains atmospheric disturbances at planetary, regional, and local scales.
Examines the description, origin, classification, and interpretation of landforms. Analyzes geologic, climatic, and biologic factors as landform controls and shows that certain geomorphic processes are natural hazards. Required laboratory
Analyzes and evaluates selected contemporary problems in Earth Science.
Studies glacier systems as environmentally significant landscape features; examines glacier hydrology, movement, erosional and depositional processes, glacier related landforms, and cold region landscapes. Pays particular attention to climate-glacier relationships and global warming.
Focuses on soil formation, glacial sediments, chemical and biological soil processes, and soil fertility. Topics of special interest will include sustainable agriculture and permaculture, environmental contaminants, deforestation and erosion, and wetlands. Required laboratory with emphasis on field work.
Studies the topography, geology, climate, flora, fauna and scenic qualities of national parks and monuments by describing the history of the national park system and factors threatening its existence.
Studies streams as environmentally significant landscape features in the context of human activity; examines hydrology and flooding, channelization, flood plains and their land use patterns, water contamination and related ecology.
Independent effort directed to the in-depth study of some aspect of earth science.