100 Level

GE 100 Introduction to Environmental Science

Introduction to basic physical, ecological, and environmental concepts underlying the relationship between human society and the natural environment. Evaluation of problems and options available in dealing with the areas of natural resources, pollution, environmental degradation, and population growth. (SS)

GE 101 Natural Environments: The Atmosphere

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. (NS)(Lab)

ES 105 Environmental Earth Sciences (4 credits, Spring, 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.
Instructor: Fagherazzi or Kurtz

ES 142 Introduction to Beach and Shoreline Processes (4 credits, Spring, 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.
Instructor: FitzGerald

ES 144 Oceanography (4 credits, Fall, 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.
Instructor: Fulweiler or Murray

GE 150: Sustainable Energy: Technology, Resources, Society, and Environment (4 credits, Fall, SS) [read more]

Examines the social, environmental, and technological aspects of renewable and nonrenewable energy systems. Discusses energy issues Instructor: Cleveland or Baldwin