Spring 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ERSC 141-01 Planet Earth
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
Course Description:
A study of plate tectonics with emphasis on ancient and modern geological processes associated with mountain building. The course builds knowledge through field and classroom studies of Appalachian geology, and by comparison of the Appalachians with active mountain belts in South America, Indonesia, and Asia. The course also develops a geologic understanding of the seismic and volcanic hazards associated with mountain building. The overall aim of the course is to illustrate the historical, predictive, and practical aspects of geologic principles and reasoning in scientific and societal contexts. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
1330:T   KAUF 140
1030:TR   KAUF 179
ERSC 141-02 Planet Earth
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
Course Description:
A study of plate tectonics with emphasis on ancient and modern geological processes associated with mountain building. The course builds knowledge through field and classroom studies of Appalachian geology, and by comparison of the Appalachians with active mountain belts in South America, Indonesia, and Asia. The course also develops a geologic understanding of the seismic and volcanic hazards associated with mountain building. The overall aim of the course is to illustrate the historical, predictive, and practical aspects of geologic principles and reasoning in scientific and societal contexts. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
1330:R   KAUF 140
1030:TR   KAUF 179
ERSC 142-01 Earth History
Instructor: Jeffrey Niemitz
Course Description:
A study of the origin and evolution of the Earth, continents, atmosphere, ocean, and life over 4.6 billion years of Earth history. Topics will include deep time; plate tectonics and mountain building; continental position, ocean circulation, and climate change; expansion of biodiversity from single cells to higher order plants and animals including the rise of humans; mass extinctions; the theory of evolution; and the influence of historic earth processes on the formation of mineral and energy resources. Labs and Field trips will test geological and paleontological hypotheses regarding the reconstruction and interpretation of ancient sedimentary environments and biomes in the local area. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
1330:M   KAUF 134
1030:MWF   KAUF 186
ERSC 142-02 Earth History
Instructor: Jeffrey Niemitz
Course Description:
A study of the origin and evolution of the Earth, continents, atmosphere, ocean, and life over 4.6 billion years of Earth history. Topics will include deep time; plate tectonics and mountain building; continental position, ocean circulation, and climate change; expansion of biodiversity from single cells to higher order plants and animals including the rise of humans; mass extinctions; the theory of evolution; and the influence of historic earth processes on the formation of mineral and energy resources. Labs and Field trips will test geological and paleontological hypotheses regarding the reconstruction and interpretation of ancient sedimentary environments and biomes in the local area. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
1330:W   KAUF 134
1030:MWF   KAUF 186
ERSC 218-01 Geographic Information Systems
Instructor: Robyn Burns-Kennedy
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARCH 218-01 and ENST 218-01.
0900:TR   KAUF 185
1330:R   KAUF 186
ERSC 302-01 Structural Geology
Instructor: Peter Sak
Course Description:
The description and analysis of intermediate-to large-scale rock structures. Topics include the analysis and graphical representation of stress and strain in rocks, deformation mechanisms and fabric development, the geometry and mechanics of folding and faulting, and structures related to intrusive bodies. Geologic map interpretation and cross-section construction are used to analyze the structural geology of selected regions. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week; field trip(s). Prerequisite: 141 and 142, or permission of instructor.
1030:TR   KAUF 153
1330:T   KAUF 153
ERSC 307-01 Paleontology
Instructor: Marcus Key
Course Description:
A systematic study of the invertebrate and vertebrate fossil groups, plants, and their evolution and relationships to living forms. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 141 or 142, or any 100-level BIOL course. This course fulfills the DIV III lab science distribution requirement.
0930:MWF   KAUF 152
1330:W   KAUF 152
ERSC 311-01 Climate Change, Rivers, and Chinese Society
Instructor: Ann Hill, Kelin Zhuang
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 245-01, EASN 206-01 and ENST 311-04. Permission of Instructor Required. This course is an interdisciplinary, globally integrated course that begins with a two-week field trip to North China in January 2015. Sites visited on the field trip introduce students to the geography of the Yellow River basin and sites of human habitation long the river's course, as well as some sites that help students understand Chinas history more broadly. During the field trip portion of the course, students will create blogs and podcasts to post on a website based on their experiences in China. The course integrates climate change in East Asia and its geography with the history of populations that are identified with the Chinese state. The course focuses equally on 1) the impact of long term changes in the climate and land forms of the region, especially its large river systems, and 2) the consequences of human activity for environmental change as populations exploit natural environments, especially rivers, for livelihood, state revenues, and the market. Although the course is broadly historical, it includes case studies to illustrate in concrete detail critical aspects of longer-term trends, such as course shifts in the Yellow River, the role of irrigation in the formation of Chinese civilization, deforestation in North China, the Three Gorges Dam project, agricultural sustainability, and other important topics.
0900:TR   KAUF 178
ERSC 311-02 Physical Climate Modeling
Instructor: David Reed
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHYS 361-01.
1330:MR   TOME 121
ERSC 500-01 Independent Study
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
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ERSC 500-02 Volcanology
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
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ERSC 500-03 Climate Change's -Impact on the Ancient Incas
Instructor: Jeffrey Niemitz
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ERSC 550-01 Glaciers, Volcanism, and Climate Change
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
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ERSC 550-02 Carbonate Mineralogy of a Triassic Rift Basin Sediment
Instructor: Jeffrey Niemitz
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ERSC 550-03 Physical and Chemical Property Trends in Same Locality Amphibole
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
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ERSC 550-04 Petrologic Investigation of the Wissahickon Schist
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
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ERSC 550-05 Plant Growth With Various Soils With Different Source Rocks
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
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ERSC 550-06 Costa Rican Tectonic Geomorphology
Instructor: Peter Sak
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ERSC 550-07 Research of Physical and Chemical Weathering on the Island of Guadaloupe
Instructor: Peter Sak
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ERSC 560-01 Soil Research
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
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ERSC 560-02 Kinetics of Tropical Weathering
Instructor: Peter Sak
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