Courses

EPSc 104: Geology in the Field

This course is designed to develop foundational skills in field geology and earth science while promoting leadership and teamwork. There are no prerequisites and the class is suitable for students with little or no academic background. Students are not required to have extensive outdoor experience, but must demonstrate enthusiasm for work in challenging environments. Students will receive training in a variety of field methods, including field mapping; sampling protocols; section measurement; and structural identification and analysis. Course will be field-intensive with multiple field exercises during class periods, and 2-3 weekend field trips that will involve camping, caving, and backcountry hiking.


EPSc 323: Biogeochemistry

Survey of biogeochemical interactions among Earth’s crust, oceans, and atmosphere, including perturbations due to human activities. Carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur biogeochemical cycles. Greenhouse warming of atmosphere from carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons; effects of inorganic and organic wastes in groundwater systems. Introductory course for students of environmental science and nonscience majors. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.


EPSc 445: Organic Geochemistry

Introduction to the composition and analysis of organic material in the environment and geological record. Molecular to global-level perspective of organic matter cycling, reactivity, and fluxes; formation and classification of organic matter, its preservation potential, diagenesis, catagenesis, and kerogen formation; coal, petroleum, and gas formation and accumulation; biomarkers in Earth history; genetics and phylogeny of biomarker compounds; overview of analytical techniques including both structural and isotopic aspects; oceanographic and paleoenvironmental applications of organic biomarkers; contaminants and residue analysis. Prerequisites: EPSc 201 and Chem 112A; or permission of instructor.


EPSc 496: Geological Field Experience

Capstone experience that allows students to synthesize classroom knowledge in a field setting. Hands-on experience in the application of geoscience knowledge and techniques to modern and ancient environments, including to a range of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic strata. Development of student ability to deconstruct and analyze complex geologic and environmental settings. Attendance at extended field trip at an international site during Spring break required. Prerequisite: EPS or EES major with junior or senior standing and permission of instructor.


EPSc 498: Undergraduate Research Seminar

Provides an opportunity for advanced undergraduates to synthesize many of the diverse subdisciplines of Earth and Planetary Sciences while focussing on a research topic.Subject changes each offering. Each subject will be unique and timely, but broad enough to encompass wide-ranging interests among students. Students will conduct original research, make written reports of the results, and make oral presentations of their projects in class. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor.