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Time Schedule

Course # Course Title Instructor Prerequitsites Notes
ESS 100 Dinosaurs (2) Ruth Martin
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 106 Living with Volcanoes (3) Michael Harrell
ESS 202 Earthquakes (5) Carl Ulberg Open to non-science majors.
ESS 203 Glaciers and Global Change (5) Ed Waddington Open to non-science majors.
ESS 210 Physical Geology (5) Juliet Crider Recommended: High school or college precalculus and high school or college chemistry. Background in geology not required but science background desirable. Not open for credit to students who have taken ESS 101.
ESS 212 Earth Materials and Processes (5) J. Michael Brown minimum grade of 1.7 in either CHEM 142 or CHEM 145
ESS 311 Geomechanics (5) David Schmidt 2.0 in either MATH 125, MATH 135, or QSCI 292; 2.0 in either PHYS 114 and 117 or PHYS 121; and ESS 211; Recommended: Previous experience with MATLAB Offered: W
ESS 315 Environmental Earth Science (5) Terry Swanson either ESS 101, ESS 105, ESS 210, ESS 211 Offered jointly with ENVIR 313
ESS 326 Geomorphology (5) David Montgomery either PHYS 114 or PHYS 121 Offered: W
ESS 415 Space and Plasmas (3) Robert Holzworth PHYS 321
ESS 418 Geoscience Communication (4) Gerard Roe 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 421 Introduction to Geological Remote Sensing (4) Steven Walters
ESS 447 Engineering Geology: Methods and Application (4) Kathy Goetz Troost ESS 210 or ESS 211; either ESS 311, ESS 411, ESS 463, or CEE 220
ESS 454 Hydrogeology (3) J. Michael Brown either ESS 311 or ESS 314; recommended: either MATH 126, MATH 136, or ESS 310; a background in quantitative analysis using spreadsheets or MATLAB
ESS 455 Stratigraphy (4) Alexis Licht ESS 213
ESS 457 Environmental Geochemistry (4) Drew Gorman-Lewis ESS 312, CHEM 152 or CHEM 155
ESS 460 Cosmogenic Nuclides in Geomorphology (3) John Stone either ESS 311 or ESS 312. Open to undergraduate students only.
ESS 463 Structure and Tectonics (5) Darrel Cowan ESS 211; ESS 212; and ESS 213
ESS 467 Seismic Exploration (5) TBA either ESS 311 or OCEAN 410; either MATH 126, MATH 136, or ESS 310; PHYS 123
ESS 472 Rockets and Instrumentation (2-4, max. 12) Robert Winglee
ESS 475 Current Research in Climate Science (3, max 6) TBA either ESS 201, ATM S 211, or ATM S 321
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) Eric Steig
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) Alexis Licht
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) Katharine Huntington (née Ruhl)
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) Terry Swanson
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) Ruth Martin
ESS 498 Undergraduate Thesis (5) TBA
ESS 499 Undergraduate Research (* max. 15) TBA
ESS 502 The Solid Earth (3) Kenneth Creager
ESS 515 Geophysics: Space (3) Robert Holzworth PHYS 321 or equivalent.
ESS 518 Technical Communication in Applied Geosciences (1, max 3) Brian Collins
ESS 520 Applications in Geographic Information Systems for the Earth Sciences (4) Steven Walters ESS 420 or permission of instructor
ESS 531 Physics of Ice (3) Knut Christianson meets jointly with ATM S 510
ESS 547 Engineering Geology: Methods and Application (4) Kathy Goetz Troost
ESS 560 Cosmogenic Nuclides in Geomorphology (3) John Stone either AMATH 301, AMATH 351 or permission of instructor.
ESS 562 Observational Seismology (1, max. 18) Kenneth Creager
ESS 567 Environmental Geochemistry (4) Drew Gorman-Lewis
ESS 575 Advanced Rockets and Instrumentation (2-4, max. 12) Robert Winglee
ESS 586 Current Research in Climate Change (2, max. 20) TBA
ESS 588 The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate (3) Abigail Swann Offered: jointly with ATM S 588/OCEAN 588
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) Katharine Huntington (née Ruhl)
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) Fangzhen Teng
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) Eric Steig
ESS 592 Professional Practice in Applied Geosciences (1, max 3) Kathy Goetz Troost
ESS 593 Climate Science Seminar (1) TBA
ESS 595 Earth and Space Sciences Research Methods (2, max. 30) Michelle Koutnik
ESS 595 Earth and Space Sciences Research Methods (2, max. 30) Knut Christianson
ESS 595 Earth and Space Sciences Research Methods (2, max. 30) Juliet Crider
ESS 595 Earth and Space Sciences Research Methods (2, max. 30) Robert Holzworth
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) TBA
ESS 600 Independent Study or Research (*) TBA
ESS 601 Internship (*) Juliet Crider Permission of instructor
ESS 601 Internship (*) Kathy Goetz Troost Permission of instructor
ESS 700 Master's Thesis (*) TBA
ESS 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*) TBA