Spring 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ERSC 141-01 Earth's Hazards
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
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:M   KAUF 140
1030:MWF   KAUF 179
ERSC 141-02 Earth's Hazards
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
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 140
1030:MWF   KAUF 179
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:W   KAUF 134
1130: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:R   KAUF 134
1130:MWF   KAUF 179
ERSC 309-01 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Instructor: Marcus Key
Course Description:
Completion of both ERSC 305 and ERSC 309 fulfills the WID Requirement. A study of the processes and patterns of sedimentation as well as the spatial and temporal distribution of rock strata. This includes the origin, transportation, deposition, lithification, and diagenesis of sediments. Lithology, geochemistry, paleontology, geochronology, and seismology will be used to understand the history of rock strata. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 141 and 142, or permission of instructor. Completion of both 305 and 309 fulfills the WID graduation requirement. Offered every other year.
0930:MWF   KAUF 152
1330:M   KAUF 152
ERSC 310-01 Environmental Geophysics
Instructor: Jorden Hayes
Course Description:
Lecture/Lab course on special topics which vary depending on faculty and student interest and need. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: dependent upon topic.
1230:MWF   KAUF 146
1330:W   KAUF 146
ERSC 311-01 Introduction to Arctic and Alpine Climate Change
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required. This course will prepare students to engage in discussions and data collection relevant to understanding how the Arctic and lower latitude alpine environments are responding to climate change. We will use a variety of remote sensing tools to examine changes in ice cover over the past two decades, as well as developing field-based skills related to GPS (global positioning systems), water chemistry, and soil characteristics. This is required for students selected for the 2018 DC Arctic and Alpine Climate Change Research Experience.
1330:R   KAUF 140
ERSC 318-01 Advanced Applications in GIS
Instructor: James Ciarrocca
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENST 318-01 and ARCH 318-01. The course is intended as a continuation of the introductory course on Geographic Information Systems, 218, and will concentrate on more advanced discussions and techniques related to spatial analysis and GIS project design. The main focus of the course will be on using higher-level GIS methods to investigate and analyze spatial problems of varying complexity; however, the specific project and topical applications will vary depending on student interests. Students will be required to develop and complete an individual spatial analysis project that incorporates advanced GIS techniques. Prerequisite: ENST 218 or ERSC 218 or ARCH 218 or equivalent GIS experience. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory per week. This course is cross-listed as ENST 318 and ARCH 318. Offered every two years.
0900:TR   KAUF 109
1330:F   KAUF 109
ERSC 500-01 Introduction to Arctic and Alpine Climate Change
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
Course Description:
 
ERSC 550-01 Investigation of Lead Isotopes as Chronostratigraphic Markers for Lake Sediments in Northeastern PA
Instructor: Alyson Thibodeau
Course Description: