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  • CAS EE 395: Sustainability Science: Earth House Practicum 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: sophomore standing and residency in Earth House.
    Learn and live sustainability through theory and practice in BU's Earth House. Explore and enact options to enhance sustainability through technology, policy and behavioral change. Propose specific actions toward achieving the longer-term goal of a carbon-neutral Earth House.
  • CAS EE 396: Sustainability Science: Earth House Practicum 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: sophomore standing, residency in Earth House, and CAS EE 395; or consent of instructor.
    Learn and live sustainability through theory and practice in BU's Earth House. Explore and enact options to enhance sustainability through technology, policy and behavioral change. Propose specific actions toward achieving the longer-term goal of a carbon-neutral Earth House.
  • CAS ES 105: Crises of Planet Earth
    After covering the origin of the universe, earth and life, the course examines two topics: natural hazards, including earthquakes and volcanoes; and human impacts on Earth, including climate change, ozone depletion, pollution, and increasing demands on mineral and energy resources. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS ES 107: Introduction to Climate and Earth System Science
    Introduction to the Earth as an integrated system composed of interacting biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere subsystems. Major themes include earth system stability, instability and capacity for change on all time scales, including human-induced climate change. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS ES 142: Introduction to Beach and Shoreline Processes
    Coastal processes including tidal currents, wave action, longshore transport, and estuarine circulation; barrier island and spit formation; study of beaches, dunes, and marshes; effects of tectonics, glaciers, and rivers on beaches and coastal morphology. Cape Cod field trip. Carries natural science divisional credit (without lab) in CAS.
  • CAS ES 144: Oceanography
    Examines the physical, chemical, and biological processes by which the oceans serve as an agent to accelerate or moderate the pace of global change. Dynamic nature of the oceans on both a short- and a long-term scale is emphasized. Carries natural science divisional credit (without lab) in CAS.
  • CAS ES 191: Freshman Climate Science Seminar 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to HHMI Climate Change Program.
    Climate change seminar for students at the freshman level.
  • CAS ES 192: Freshman Climate Change Seminar 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS ES 191; and admission to HHMI Climate Change Program.
    Climate change seminar for students at the freshman level.
  • CAS ES 300: Earth?s Rocky Materials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS ES 107; or consent of instructor.
    Utilizing an Earth Systems approach, this course begins with the mineral phases of the core and mantle. Crustal mineralogy and petrology follow, examining how minerals and the rocks that contain them are produced by magmatic, metamorphic, hypothermal, and surface processes. Weekly two-hour labs and a required field trip.
  • CAS ES 302: History of Earth
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS ES 101 or CAS ES 105 or CAS ES 140 or CAS ES 142 or CAS ES 144 or CAS GE 104; or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to earth history; origin of the earth and solar system; origin and evolution of life; mass extinctions; interpretation of the geological record of earth history; measurement of geological time; plate tectonics and the formation of mountains; continents and ocean basins. Three hours lecture, two hours lab, with occasional field trips.
  • CAS ES 305: Rock Deformation and Structure
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS ES 107, or consent of instructor.
    Foundations of rock deformation and structural geology in a plate tectonics context. Emphasizes identification and analysis of rock structures in hand sample and in the field, collection and interpretation of 2D and 3D structural data, and synthesis of geologic histories.
  • CAS ES 317: Introduction to Hydrology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS ES 105 or CAS ES 107 or CAS ES 142 or CAS ES 144; or consent of instructor.
    An introductory course to the science of hydrology and its relation to issues concerning water as a resource, a hazard, and an integral component of the Earth's climatic, biological, and geological systems.
  • CAS ES 331: Sedimentology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS ES 101 or CAS ES 105 or CAS ES 140 or CAS ES 142 or CAS ES 144 or CAS GE 104; or consent of instructor.
    Properties and classification of clastic and carbonate sediments and sedimentary rock; processes that form, transport, and deposit sediments; environments of deposition; diagenesis; methods of analysis. Three hours lecture, three hours lab, and occasional field trips.
  • CAS ES 351: Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS ES 101 or CAS ES 105 or CAS ES 140 or CAS ES 142 or CAS ES 144 or CAS GE 104; CAS GE 101 recommended.
    Examines causes and effects of climate change throughout Earth's history. Topics include ice age climates and glaciations; oceanic history; linkages between Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets; tectonic effects; ice-core, coral, and marine sediment records; El Ni?o, terrestrial extinctions.
  • CAS ES 371: Introduction to Geochemistry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS ES 101 or CAS ES 105 or CAS ES 140 or CAS ES 142 or CAS ES 144 or CAS GE 104.
    (Meets with GRS ES 671.) Chemical features of Earth and the solar system; geochemical cycles, reactions among solids, liquids, and gases; radioactivity and isotope fractionation; water chemistry; origins of ore deposits; applications of geochemistry to regional and global problems.
  • CAS ES 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS ES 420: Aquatic Optics and Remote Sensing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS ES 107 and CAS GE 270 (or CAS MA 213); or consent of instructor. CAS GE 302 is recommended.
    An introduction to the use of optical measurements and remote sensing to study the biogeochemistry and water quality of aquatic environments. Covers fundamental concepts and measurements in optics/remote sensing and provides hands-on experience with real data.
  • CAS ES 423: Marine Biogeochemistry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 101 and CAS CH 102; BUMP semester or CAS ES 144, or consent of instructor.
    Oceanic nutrient and biogeochemical cycling in the context of the marine response to global change. Links between local and global scales are emphasized. Topics include oceanic productivity, iron limitation, and oceanic glacial-interglacial biogeochemistry. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. (Offered alternate years.)
  • CAS ES 440: Marine Geology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: any 100-level ES course or consent of instructor.
    Examines the evolution of ocean basins and marginal seas, changes in structure and composition of ocean basin throughout the last billion years, and the contribution of oceanic geological processes to the chemistry and biochemistry of earth.
  • CAS ES 483: Geodynamics II: Fluids and Fluid Transport
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 211 ; CAS ES 360 ; CAS MA 124 or CAS MA 127 or CAS MA 129; or consent of instructor.
    Large- and small-scale phenomena in oceanic, atmospheric, and landsurface fluids. Properties of gases and liquids; surface body forces; statics; flow analysis; continuity and momentum conservation. Darcy's Law; potential, open channel, and geostrophic flow; dimensional analysis; diffusion, turbulence.