Fall 2016

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ERSC 141-01 Earth's Hazards
Instructor: Peter Sak
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:T   KAUF 140
0930:MWF   KAUF 186
ERSC 141-02 Earth's Hazards
Instructor: Peter Sak
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
0930:MWF   KAUF 186
ERSC 142-01 Earth's Changing Climate
Instructor: Jorden Hayes
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.
1030:TR   DANA 110
1330:T   KAUF 146
ERSC 142-02 Earth's Changing Climate
Instructor: Jorden Hayes
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.
1030:TR   DANA 110
1330:W   KAUF 146
ERSC 205-01 Introduction to Soil Science
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
Course Description:
This course focuses on giving students a basic understanding of soil formation processes and field/laboratory characterization of soils. Emphasis in the first part of the course will be on soil formation processes, while the second part of the course will focus on students conducting experiments relevant to soil formation. Weather permitting most labs will have an out-of-doors component. This course is an elective for the Earth Sciences major, and will be useful to students interested in the food studies certificate program, agricultural science, archeology, environmental science, forensic science, planetary science, and solid state chemistry and physics.Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisie: one introductory lab science or permission of instructor.
1030:TR   KAUF 140
1330:R   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.
1330:F   KAUF 113
0930:MWF   KAUF 185
ERSC 221-01 Oceanography
Instructor: Jorden Hayes
Course Description:
An interdisciplinary introduction to the marine environment, including the chemistry of seawater, the physics of currents, water masses and waves, the geology of ocean basins, marine sediments and coastal features, and the biology of marine ecosystems. Topics include the theory of plate tectonics as an explanation for ocean basins, mid-ocean ridges, trenches, and island arcs. The interaction of man as exploiter and polluter in the marine environment is also considered. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: One introductory science course (not MATH). This course is cross-listed as ENST 221. Offered every other year.
1030:MWF   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.
1030:TR   KAUF 153
1330:R   KAUF 153
ERSC 307-01 Paleontology
Instructor: Marcus Key
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.Part of the Natural History Sustainability Mosaic. 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.
0900:TR   KAUF 152
1330:T   KAUF 152
ERSC 331-01 Chemistry of Earth Systems
Instructor: Alyson Thibodeau
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. Offered every other year.
0900:TR   KAUF 134
1330:W   KAUF 134
ERSC 500-01 Global Geophysics
Instructor: Jorden Hayes
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ERSC 500-02 Feathered Dinosaurs
Instructor: Marcus Key
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ERSC 500-03 Glacial Landforms
Instructor: Benjamin Edwards
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ERSC 550-01 Sources of Variation in Beach Sand Texture and Mineralogy Along Costa Rica's West Coast
Instructor: Marcus Key
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ERSC 550-02 Modeling Carbon Sequestration Potential in the Subsurface
Instructor: Marcus Key
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ERSC 550-03 Mapping Exposed Fossils on the Dickinson College Campus
Instructor: Marcus Key
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ERSC 560-01 Kinetics of Tropical Weathering II
Instructor: Peter Sak
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ERSC 560-02 Isotopic Tracing of Turquoise Artifacts from New Mexico
Instructor: Alyson Thibodeau
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