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Time Schedule

Course # Course Title Instructor Prerequisites 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) Robert Winglee Open to non-science majors
ESS 106 Living with Volcanoes (3) Michael Harrell
ESS 115 Astrobiology: Life in the Universe (5) Roger Buick Offered: jointly with ASTBIO/ASTR/OCEAN 115/BIOL 114
ESS 202 Earthquakes (5) TBA 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 2.0 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 2.0 in 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 412 Introduction to Seismology (3) Benjamin Baker either MATH 136, both MATH 307 and MATH 308, or both AMATH 351 and AMATH 352; recommended: ESS 411 and PHYS 123
ESS 418 Geoscience Communication (4) David Catling Two of ESS 201, ESS 205, ESS 211, ESS 212, or 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 425 Tectonic Geomorphology (3) Alison Duvall either ESS 311, ESS 326, ESS 426, or ESS 427
ESS 447 Engineering Geology: Methods and Application (4) Kathy Goetz Troost, L.G. ESS 210 or ESS 211; either ESS 311, ESS 411, ESS 463, or CEE 220
ESS 457 Environmental Geochemistry (4) Drew Gorman-Lewis ESS 312, CHEM 152 or CHEM 155
ESS 462 Volcanic Processes (4) George Bergantz either ESS 311 or ESS 312
ESS 463 Structure and Tectonics (5) Darrel Cowan ESS 211; ESS 212; and ESS 213
ESS 472 Rockets and Instrumentation (2-4, max. 12) Robert Winglee
ESS 475 Current Research in Climate Science (3, max 6) Luanne Thompson either ESS 201, ATM S 211, or ATM S 321
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) Terry Swanson
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) Ruth Martin
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) Carter,Richard F
ESS 498 Independent Study (1-5) Faculty code required.
ESS 499 Undergraduate Research (* max. 15)
ESS 512 Seismology (3) Benjamin Baker either ESS 511 or PHYS 123 and one of MATH 307 or MATH 308
ESS 518 Technical Communication in Applied Geosciences (1, max 3) Scott, Dan
ESS 519 Scientific Writing and Graphics (2) Michelle Koutnik
ESS 520 Applications in Geographic Information Systems for the Earth Sciences (4) Steven Walters ESS 420 or permission of instructor
ESS 525 Tectonic Geomorphology (3) Alison Duvall
ESS 532 Snow and Ice on the Earth's Surface (3) Knut Christianson permission of instructor Offered: jointly with ATM S 511.
ESS 547 Engineering Geology: Methods and Application (4) Kathy Goetz Troost, L.G.
ESS 562 Observational Seismology (1, max. 18) Kenneth Creager
ESS 567 Environmental Geochemistry (4) Drew Gorman-Lewis
ESS 568 Oceanic Lithosphere (3) William Wilcock OCEAN 540 Offered jointly with OCEAN 545
ESS 575 Advanced Rockets and Instrumentation (2-4, max. 12) Robert Winglee
ESS 576 Space and Laboratory Plasma Physics (3) Justin Little
ESS 586 Current Research in Climate Change (2, max. 20) Luanne Thompson
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) John Stone
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) Katharine Huntington (née Ruhl)
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) Caroline Strömberg
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) Gerard Roe
ESS 592 Professional Practice in Applied Geosciences (1, max 3) Kathy Goetz Troost, L.G.
ESS 593 Climate Science Seminar (1) TBA
ESS 595 Earth and Space Sciences Research Methods (2, max. 30) Juliet Crider
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) Juliet Crider
ESS 600 Independent Study or Research (*)
ESS 601 Internship (*) Kathy Goetz Troost, L.G. Permission of instructor
ESS 601 Internship (*) Juliet Crider Permission of instructor
ESS 700 Master's Thesis (*)
ESS 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*)