2004-2005 Earth Systems Science Course Descriptions

2004 - 2005 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


What are the processes and events that have made the earth look the way it does today? How long have these processes been going on? How different will the earth look in the future? In answering these questions, this course will not only introduce students to the basic principles of geology, but will also explore the problems inherent in the scientific study of the deep past. Students should take note: this class will make you see the world around you differently.



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.