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Time Schedule

Course # Course Title Instructor Prerequitsites Notes
ESS 101 Introduction to Geological Sciences (5) Terry Swanson Not open for credit to students who have taken ESS 105 or ESS 210
ESS 102 Space and Space Travel (5) Erika Harnett Open to non-science majors
ESS 104 Prehistoric Life (3) Ruth Martin Open to non-science majors, but also lays a foundation for higher-level geobiology courses.
ESS 106 Living with Volcanoes (3) George Bergantz
ESS 115 Astrobiology: Life in the Universe (5) Rory Barnes Offered: jointly with ASTBIO/ASTR/OCEAN 115/BIOL 114
ESS 119 Introduction to Laboratories (1, max 3) Meghan Oxley
ESS 201 The Earth System and Climate (5) Eric Steig either MATH 124, MATH 144, or Q SCI 291.
ESS 205 Access to Space (5) Robert Holzworth Open to all disciplines. No previous experience of electronics required.
ESS 213 Evolution of the Earth (5) Roger Buick minimum grade of 2.0 in either ESS 210, ESS 211, or ESS 212 Two one-day field excursions. Offered: Sp.
ESS 305 Geology of the National Parks (5) Michael Harrell either ESS 101, ESS 105, ESS 210, or ESS 211. Two required weekend field trips.
ESS 307 Diversity Outreach Program in Earth and Space Sciences (3-5) Isabel Carrera Zamanillo either ASTR 101, ASTR 102, ASTR 150, BIOL 180, CHEM 120, CHEM 142, CHEM 143, CHEM 145, ESS 101, ESS 102, ESS 211, ESS 212, ESS 213, ESS 472, PHYS 114, or PHYS 121
ESS 310 Mathematical Methods in the Earth Sciences (5) Gerard Roe either Q SCI 292, MATH 125 or MATH 135; either PHYS 114/PHYS 117 or PHYS 121
ESS 312 Geochemistry (5) Fangzhen Teng 2.0 in CHEM 142 or CHEM 145; 2.0 in either MATH 125, MATH 135, or QSCI 292; 2.0 in ESS 212 Offered: Sp
ESS 345 The Environment of Fuel and Mineral Deposits (3) John Stone either ESS 101, ESS 105, ESS 210, ESS 211.
ESS 410 Marine Geology and Geophysics (4) William Wilcock either ESS 210, ESS 211, or ESS 212 jointly listed with OCEAN 410
ESS 418 Geoscience Communication (4) Katharine Huntington (née Ruhl) 5 credits of composition; two of ESS 201, ESS 211; ESS 212, and ESS 213, any of which may be taken concurrently Required for all ESS B.S. students who declared Aut/2010 or later.
ESS 420 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for the Earth Sciences (5) Steven Walters Required for Field Camp B. Offered: ASp.
ESS 426 Fluvial Geomorphology (5) Brian Collins either ESS 311 or ESS 326
ESS 433 Environmental Change in the Glacial Ages (5) Terry Swanson
ESS 451 Invertebrate Paleontology (5) Peter Ward Offered jointly with BIOL 451
ESS 452 Vertebrate Paleontology (5) Christian Sidor either BIOL 354, BIOL 452, BIOL 453 or ESS 100 Offered jointly with BIOL 450
ESS 456 Sedimentary Geology and Depositional Environments (4) Alexis Licht ESS 213; Recommended: ESS 311 and either ESS 326, ESS 425, ESS 426, or ESS 427
ESS 482 Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory (4) Drew Gorman-Lewis ESS 312 or ESS 457
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) Knut Christianson
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) David Schmidt
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) John Stone
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) Terry Swanson
ESS 495 NASA Science and Engineering Research Seminar (1, max. 4) Erika Harnett Credit/no credit only
ESS 498 Independent Study (1-5) TBA Faculty code required.
ESS 499 Undergraduate Research (* max. 15) TBA
ESS 504 The Earth Surface (3) Bernard Hallet
ESS 518 Technical Communication in Applied Geosciences (1, max 3) Kathy Goetz Troost, L.G.
ESS 522 Geophysical Data Collection and Analysis (3) William Wilcock
ESS 526 Fluvial Geomorphology (5) Brian Collins
ESS 533 Dynamics of Snow and Ice Masses (3) Ed Waddington permission of instructor Offered jointly with ATM S 512
ESS 546 Continental-Margin Sedimentation (3) Charles Nittrouer Offered jointly with OCEAN 546
ESS 557 Vertebrate Paleontology (5) Christian Sidor Offered jointly with BIOL 557
ESS 559 Climate Modeling (3) Cecilia Bitz either ATM S/OCEAN/ESS 587, ATM S 504 or ATM S 505 Offered jointly with ATM S 559/ OCEAN 558.
ESS 562 Observational Seismology (1, max. 18) Kenneth Creager
ESS 564 Theoretical Seismology II (3) Kenneth Creager ESS 563
ESS 573 Cloud Microphysics and Dynamics (3) Robert Wood ATM S 501 or permission of instructor Offered: jointly with ATM S 535
ESS 581 Planetary Atmospheres (3) David Catling Offered jointly with ASTR 555/ATM S 555
ESS 582 Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory (4) Drew Gorman-Lewis
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) Juliet Crider
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) Steven Walters
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) Knut Christianson
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) David Schmidt
ESS 592 Professional Practice in Applied Geosciences (1, max 3) Kathy Goetz Troost, L.G.
ESS 594 Introduction to Earth and Space Sciences Research (1-2, max. 4) Gerard Roe
ESS 595 Earth and Space Sciences Research Methods (2, max. 30) Knut Christianson
ESS 595 Earth and Space Sciences Research Methods (2, max. 30) Alison Duvall
ESS 595 Earth and Space Sciences Research Methods (2, max. 30) T.J. Fudge
ESS 596 Climate Science Capstone Project (1-5, max. 5) TBA
ESS 597 Applied Geoscience Investigation (1-5, max. 10) TBA ESS 592 and permission of instructor Credit/no-credit only
ESS 599 Seminar (1) Alexis Licht
ESS 600 Independent Study or Research (*) TBA
ESS 601 Internship (*) Juliet Crider Permission of instructor
ESS 601 Internship (*) Kathy Goetz Troost, L.G. Permission of instructor
ESS 700 Master's Thesis (*) TBA
ESS 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*) TBA