2003 - 2004 Earth Systems Science Courses



Introduction to Geography


Focuses on special relationships and how human culture adapts to varied environments. Class includes how natural resources are utilized as a source of economic and political power. Students also learn how our natural resources are limited on a global scale.



Introduction to Geology, LE


This course uses a combination of lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises to explore three big questions of geology: How old is the earth? How have the earth's continents and ocean basis changed through time? What forces are currently acting to alter the surface of the earth? In addressing these questions the course will also discuss issues of geologic methodology, particularly the difficulties of reconstructing past and unrepeatable events. One half-day field trip is required.



Earth Systems and Global Environmental Change


A study of the earth as a dynamic system focusing on the human dimensions of global change. Changes to the earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere through time will be explored, as will geologic risks and human impact on the globe.



Special Topics in Earth Systems Science


Meets the special needs of students interested in pursuing more advanced studies in geology, geography, physical and earth systems science. Topics may include specialized studies within geology such as mineralogy, field geology of Utah, paleontology, etc. Topics for study may also focus on specific global environmental issues such as climate change or bio-diversity loss. Advanced study of methods for studying earth systems such as GIS or remote sensing may also be done. Field-oriented courses, which focus on a specific geographic region, e.g., Africa, Latin America, Asia, may also be offered. Prerequisite for 300-level credit: ESS 110 or ESS 205.