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Time Schedule

Course # Course Title Instructor Prerequisites Notes
ESS 100 Dinosaurs (2) Ruth Martin
ESS 101 Introduction to Geology and Societal Impacts (5) Terry Swanson Not open for credit to students who have taken ESS 105 or ESS 210
ESS 102 Space and Space Travel (5) Michael Harrell Open to non-science majors
ESS 105 The Earth: Its Processes and Hazards (5) Harold Tobin Not open for credit to students who have taken ESS 101.
ESS 106 Living with Volcanoes (3) Michael Harrell
ESS 202 Earthquakes (5) TBA 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 2.0 in either CHEM 142 or CHEM 145
ESS 290 Special Topics (1-10) Meghan Oxley
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) TBA either MATH 136, both MATH 307 and MATH 308, or both AMATH 351 and AMATH 352; recommended: ESS 411 and PHYS 123
ESS 415 Space and Plasmas (3) Robert Holzworth PHYS 321; recommended: PHYS 322
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 439 Petrology of Igneous Rocks (5) Fangzhen Teng ESS 312
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 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 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 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) TBA either ESS 201, ATM S 211, or ATM S 321
ESS 480 Advanced Methods in Isotope Geochemistry (3, max 18) Katharine Huntington (née Ruhl) either ESS 312, ESS 424, ESS 457, ESS 459
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) Ruth Martin
ESS 490 Special Topics (1-10, max. 20) TBA
ESS 491 US Geology Seminar and Field Trip (1) TBA
ESS 492 Undergraduate Teaching Experience and Outreach (1-2, max. 2) Terry Swanson
ESS 498 Independent Study (1-5) TBA Faculty code required.
ESS 499 Undergraduate Research (* max. 15) TBA
ESS 501 Geochemical Systems (3) Terry Swanson Graduate student standing or permission of instructor
ESS 502 The Solid Earth (3) TBA
ESS 512 Seismology (3) TBA either ESS 511 or PHYS 123 and one of MATH 307 or MATH 308
ESS 515 Geophysics: Space (3) Robert Holzworth PHYS 321 or equivalent; recommended: PHYS 322
ESS 517 Early Earth Evolution (3) Roger Buick
ESS 518 Technical Communication in Applied Geosciences (1, max 3) Brian Collins
ESS 519 Scientific Writing and Graphics (2) Gerard Roe
ESS 519 Scientific Writing and Graphics (2) Steve Warren
ESS 520 Applications in Geographic Information Systems for the Earth Sciences (4) Steven Walters ESS 420 or permission of instructor
ESS 547 Engineering Geology: Methods and Application (4) Kathy Goetz Troost, L.G.
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 580 Advanced Methods in Isotope Geochemistry (3, max 18) Katharine Huntington (née Ruhl)
ESS 586 Current Research in Climate Change (2, max. 20) TBA
ESS 588 The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate (3) TBA Offered: jointly with ATM S 588/OCEAN 588
ESS 589 Paleoclimatology: Data, Modeling and Theory (3) Eric Steig
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) Katharine Huntington (née Ruhl)
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) TBA
ESS 590 Special Topics (2-10, max. 20) John Stone
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) Harold Tobin
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