Current offerings of Earth & Environment courses can be found on the course listing of the BU Bulletin.
100-level courses in Earth & Environment can be taken for divisional studies credit (NS = natural science divisional studies credit, SS = social science division studies credit).
GE 100 Environmental Change & Sustainability (SS) [required for all majors in Earth & Environment]
Introduces natural and social science concepts that underlie global environmental change and sustainability. Topics include climate change, biodiversity, energy, water, pollution, deforestation, agriculture, population growth. Sustainable development illustrated with ecological footprint based on student’s lifestyle. CAS social science divisional credit.
GE 101 Natural Environments: The Atmosphere (NS, lab)
An introduction to weather and climate. Topics include the controls of weather and climate, day-to-day variations in weather, severe storms, climates of the world, urban climate and air pollution, past climates and climatic change, and the impact of climatic variations on society.
ES 105 Environmental Earth Sciences (NS, lab)
Geological processes in environmental science; groundwater quantity and quality; geological resource supply and recovery; earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other natural hazards; landforms, climate, desertification, glaciation, and ocean circulation patterns. Three hours lecture, two hours lab, including field trips.
ES 107 Introduction to Climate and Earth System Science (NS, lab) [required for all majors in Earth & Environment]
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.
ES 142 Introduction to Beach and Shoreline Processes (NS)
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.
ES 144 Oceanography (NS)
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.
GE 150: Sustainable Energy: Technology, Resources, Society, and Environment (SS)
Examines the social, environmental, and technological aspects of renewable and nonrenewable energy systems. Click here for a PDF copy of the syllabus for the Fall 2015 offering of GE 150.