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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 106 Living with Volcanoes (3) Michael Harrell
ESS 211 Physical Processes of the Earth (5) Katharine Huntington (née Ruhl) a minimum grade of 1. 7 in either MATH 124, MATH 134, or Q SCI 291, either of which may be taken concurrently; a minimum grade of 1.7 in either both PHYS 114 and PHYS 117 or PHYS 121
ESS 211 Physical Processes of the Earth (5) John Stone a minimum grade of 1. 7 in either MATH 124, MATH 134, or Q SCI 291, either of which may be taken concurrently; a minimum grade of 1.7 in either both PHYS 114 and PHYS 117 or PHYS 121
ESS 230 Rivers and Beaches (3/5) David Montgomery Offered jointly with OCEAN 230.
ESS 307 Diversity Outreach Program in Earth and Space Sciences (3-5) Robert Winglee ESS 101, ESS 102, ESS 211, ESS 212, ESS 213, or ESS 472
ESS 313 Geobiology (5) Drew Gorman-Lewis 2.0 in either CHEM 142 or CHEM 145; ESS 213 Offered: A
ESS 314 Geophysics (5) Kenneth Creager 2.0 in either MATH 126, MATH 136, or ESS 310; 2.0 in either PHYS 115 and PHYS 118 or PHYS 122
ESS 403 Global Tectonics (5) J. Michael Brown PHYS 121; recommended: either MATH 126, MATH 136, or ESS 310; PHYS 123; either ESS 311 or 314; a background in quantitative analysis using a computer based environment like MATLAB
ESS 408 Great Geological Issues (3) Eric Steig
ESS 411 Geophysical Continuum Mechanics (5) Heidi Houston either MATH 136, both MATH 307 and MATH 308, or both AMATH 351 and AMATH 352
ESS 411 Geophysical Continuum Mechanics (5) Ed Waddington either MATH 136, both MATH 307 and MATH 308, or both AMATH 351 and AMATH 352
ESS 414 Geophysics: Fluids (3) Gerard Roe either MATH 136, both MATH 307 and MATH 308, or both AMATH 351 and AMATH 352; and PHYS 322
ESS 420 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for the Earth Sciences (5) Steven Walters Required for Field Camp B. Offered: ASp.
ESS 431 Principles of Glaciology (4) Knut Christianson PHYS 121
ESS 450 Paleobiology (3) Roger Buick
ESS 471 Introduction to Space Physics (3) Robert Holzworth PHYS 123
ESS 472 Rockets and Instrumentation (2-4, max. 12) Robert Winglee
ESS 489 Honors Seminar (3) Bruce Nelson
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) Terry Swanson
ESS 498 Undergraduate Thesis (5) TBA
ESS 499 Undergraduate Research (* max. 15) TBA
ESS 501 Geochemical Systems (3) Fangzhen Teng Graduate student standing or permission of instructor
ESS 503 Introduction to Solar Terrestrial Physics (3) Robert Holzworth Phys 123
ESS 505 The Cryosphere (4) Knut Christianson Phys 121
ESS 508 Great Geological Issues (3) Eric Steig
ESS 509 Field Methods in Applied Geology I (3) Juliet Crider
ESS 511 Geophysical Continuum Mechanics (5) Heidi Houston MATH 307 and MATH 308 or equivalent
ESS 511 Geophysical Continuum Mechanics (5) Ed Waddington MATH 307 and MATH 308 or equivalent
ESS 514 Geophysics: Fluids (3) Gerard Roe PHYS 322, MATH 307 and MATH 308 or equivalent.
ESS 518 Technical Communication in Applied Geosciences (1, max 3) Kathy Goetz Troost
ESS 527 Hillslope Geomorphology (5) TBA
ESS 529 Principles of Fluid Dynamics, Heat, and Mass Transfer in Earth Sciences (3) George Bergantz
ESS 541 Applied Fluvial Geomorphology (4) Brian Collins
ESS 562 Observational Seismology (1, max. 18) John Vidale
ESS 575 Advanced Rockets and Instrumentation (2-4, max. 12) Robert Winglee
ESS 587 Fundamentals of Climate Change (3) Kyle Armour
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) Terry Swanson
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) Bernard Hallet
ESS 592 Professional Practice in Applied Geosciences (1, max 3) Kathy Goetz Troost
ESS 594 Introduction to Earth and Space Sciences Research (1-2, max. 4) Heidi Houston
ESS 595 Earth and Space Sciences Research Methods (2, max. 30) Robert Holzworth
ESS 595 Earth and Space Sciences Research Methods (2, max. 30) Michelle Koutnik
ESS 595 Earth and Space Sciences Research Methods (2, max. 30) Katharine Huntington (née Ruhl)
ESS 596 Climate Science Capstone Project (1-5, max. 5) TBA
ESS 597 Applied Geoscience Investigation (1-5, max. 10) Juliet Crider ESS 592 and permission of instructor Credit/no-credit only
ESS 599 Seminar (1) Bernard Hallet
ESS 600 Independent Study or Research (*) TBA
ESS 601 Internship (*) Juliet Crider Permission of instructor
ESS 700 Master's Thesis (*) TBA
ESS 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*) TBA