Spring 2017

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ERSC 141-01 Earth's Hazards
Instructor: Jorden Hayes
Course Description:
This course examines natural processes such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mass wasting events, and floods that have the potential to produce disastrous consequences for humans. All of these processes result from interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere directly or indirectly, which is the realm of earth sciences. Increasing global populations and increasingly interdependent national economies mean that few disasters are now only local. This course will use examples such as case studies of recent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to examine how natural processes can be hazardous, and whether or not humans can anticipate and mitigate these kinds of hazards to prevent future disasters. Laboratory work will include analog experiments, field trips, and video analysis of historic disasters. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
1330:W   KAUF 146
1030:MWF   KAUF 186
ERSC 141-02 Earth's Hazards
Instructor: Jorden Hayes
Course Description:
This course examines natural processes such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mass wasting events, and floods that have the potential to produce disastrous consequences for humans. All of these processes result from interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere directly or indirectly, which is the realm of earth sciences. Increasing global populations and increasingly interdependent national economies mean that few disasters are now only local. This course will use examples such as case studies of recent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to examine how natural processes can be hazardous, and whether or not humans can anticipate and mitigate these kinds of hazards to prevent future disasters. Laboratory work will include analog experiments, field trips, and video analysis of historic disasters. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
1330:R   KAUF 146
1030:MWF   KAUF 186
ERSC 142-01 Earth's Changing Climate
Instructor: Alyson Thibodeau
Course Description:
An overview of our understanding of climate processes and their interaction with the atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere based on studies of ancient climates, which inform our understanding of climate change now and into the future. Topics include drivers of climate change at different time scales, evidence for climate change, and major climate events such as ice ages. Emphasis will be placed on the last 1 million years of earth history as a prelude to discussing potential anthropogenic impacts on the climate. Case studies of major climate players such as the US and China will be contrasted with those most vulnerable, Africa and SE Asia to determine mitigation and adaptation strategies. The lab component will use historic climate data, field experiences, and climate modeling to interpret climate change processes. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
1330:T   KAUF 134
0930:MWF   KAUF 179
ERSC 142-02 Earth's Changing Climate
Instructor: Alyson Thibodeau
Course Description:
An overview of our understanding of climate processes and their interaction with the atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere based on studies of ancient climates, which inform our understanding of climate change now and into the future. Topics include drivers of climate change at different time scales, evidence for climate change, and major climate events such as ice ages. Emphasis will be placed on the last 1 million years of earth history as a prelude to discussing potential anthropogenic impacts on the climate. Case studies of major climate players such as the US and China will be contrasted with those most vulnerable, Africa and SE Asia to determine mitigation and adaptation strategies. The lab component will use historic climate data, field experiences, and climate modeling to interpret climate change processes. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
1330:W   KAUF 134
0930:MWF   KAUF 179
ERSC 206-01 Volcanology
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
Course Description:
This course focuses on giving students a basic understanding of volcanic processes on Earth and other planets. Emphasis during the first part of the course will be on understanding basic volcanic processes through readings, lectures, video analysis and experiments. During the second half of the course students will focus on a currently active volcano (tectonic setting, magma plumbing, eruption history, future hazards). When possible, a course-related (non-required) field trip to an area of active volcanism will be organized (January/Spring break), as well as fieldtrips to see large-scale experiments (Syracuse Lava Lab) and the Smithsonian Institute Global Volcanism Program. This course is an elective for the Earth Sciences major, and will be useful to students interested in archaeology, environmental science, planetary science/astronomy, and high temperature chemistry and physics. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: one introductory lab science or permission of instructor.
1030:MWF   KAUF 140
1330:T   KAUF 140
ERSC 218-01 Geographic Information Systems
Instructor: James Ciarrocca
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARCH 218-01 and ENST 218-01. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful technology for managing, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data and geographically-referenced information. It is used in a wide variety of fields including archaeology, agriculture, business, defense and intelligence, education, government, health care, natural resource management, public safety, transportation, and utility management. This course provides a fundamental foundation of theoretical and applied skills in GIS technology that will enable students to investigate and make reasoned decisions regarding spatial issues. Utilizing GIS software applications from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), students work on a progression of tasks and assignments focused on GIS data collection, manipulation, analysis, output and presentation. The course will culminate in a final, independent project in which the students design and prepare a GIS analysis application of their own choosing. Three hours of classroom and three hours of laboratory per week. This course is cross-listed as ENST 218 and ARCH 218.
0900:TR   KAUF 185
1330:R   STERN 11
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. Offered every other year.
0930:MWF   KAUF 153
1330:M   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 is cross-listed as BIOL 401.
1030:TR   KAUF 152
1330:R   KAUF 152
ERSC 311-01 Archaeological Geology
Instructor: Alyson Thibodeau
Course Description:
This course will explore the application of methods and theories from the Earth Sciences to archaeological questions and problems. In particular, we will focus on geochemical methods for reconstructing paleoenvironments, tracing human migration and movements, materials characterization, and establishing site chronologies. Students will develop a detailed understanding of the methods, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and discuss them in the context of past and current archaeological debates. Previous coursework in earth sciences, chemistry, or archaeology is beneficial.
0900:TR   KAUF 178
ERSC 500-01 Metals and Minerals in Cosmetics
Instructor: Alyson Thibodeau
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ERSC 500-02 Volcano-Ice Interactions
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
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ERSC 550-01 Appalachian Foreland Kinematics
Instructor: Peter Sak
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ERSC 560-01 Deciphering Transient Chemical Weathering Signals
Instructor: Peter Sak
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ERSC 560-02 Bulk Geochemistry of Saprolite in the Laramie Range
Instructor: Jorden Hayes
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ERSC 560-03 Comparing Methods for Removal of Organic Material for C and O Isotope Analysis in Skeletal Carbonate
Instructor: Marcus Key
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ERSC 560-04 Unraveling the Central Appalachians
Instructor: Peter Sak
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ERSC 560-05 Glacial Processes
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
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ERSC 560-06 Geochemistry of 2015 Villarrica Deposits
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
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ERSC 560-07 Taphonomic Comparison of Recent and Fossil Bryozoans Fouling New Zealand Sea Urchins
Instructor: Marcus Key
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