Fall 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ERSC 141-01 Planet Earth
Instructor: Peter Sak
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:M   KAUF 153
0900:TR   TOME 115
ERSC 141-02 Planet Earth
Instructor: Peter Sak
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:W   KAUF 153
0900:TR   TOME 115
ERSC 142-01 Earth History
Instructor: Marcus Key
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:T   KAUF 152
0930:MWF   KAUF 186
ERSC 142-02 Earth History
Instructor: Marcus Key
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 152
0930:MWF   KAUF 186
ERSC 204-01 Global Climate Change
Instructor: Jeffrey Niemitz
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.Part of the Global Climate Change Mosaic.
0830:MWF   KAUF 178
ERSC 218-01 Geographic Information Systems
Instructor: James Ciarrocca
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARCH 218-01 and ENST 218-01.
0930:MWF   KAUF 185
1330:F   KAUF 186
ERSC 301-01 Field Geology
Instructor: Peter Sak
Course Description:
A course in some of the basic geological field techniques, with the preparation of topographic and geologic maps and reports from data obtained by the student in the field. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 141 and 142, or permission of instructor. This course fulfills the DIV III lab science distribution requirement.
1030:TR   KAUF 153
1330:R   KAUF 153
ERSC 311-01 Introduction to Soils
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the description, classification and formation processes of soils with a lecture and a lab. It will integrate local field work with laboratory work, including projects at the College Farm. The aim of the course is to give students the basic vocabulary and skills necessary to characterize soils, and understand they importance for agriculture, forensic science, and planet habitability.
1330:M   KAUF 140
1130:MWF   KAUF 186
ERSC 331-01 Chemistry of Earth Systems
Instructor: Jeffrey Niemitz
Course Description:
An introduction to the origin, distribution, and behavior of elements in the geochemical cycles and processes of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Topics include the chemistry of magma, hydrothermal fluids, weathering, fresh and ocean waters, sediment digenesis, hydrocarbons, and metamorphism. Includes radiometric dating and stable isotope applications. Lab will focus on sampling, instrumental analysis, and data interpretation of earth materials. Prerequisites: 141 and 142 and CHEM 131 or 141, or permission of instructor.
0900:TR   KAUF 134
1330:W   KAUF 134
ERSC 550-01 Carbonate Mineralogy of a Triassic Rift Basin Sediment
Instructor: Jeffrey Niemitz
Course Description:
 
ERSC 550-02 Physical and Chemical Property Trends in Same Locality Amphibole
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
Course Description:
 
ERSC 550-03 Petrologic Investigation of the Wissahickon Schist
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
Course Description: