100 Level

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).

All courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted.

GE 100 Environmental Change & Sustainability (SS)

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. Required for all majors in Earth & Environment.

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 Crises of Planet Earth (NS, lab)

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. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Research and Information Literacy. Per consultation with advisors, this course may substitute for ES 107 for majors.

ES 107 Introduction to Climate and Earth System Science (NS, lab)

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. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Research and Information Literacy. Required for all majors in Earth & Environment.

ES 108 The Science, Philosophy, and Art of Water

Water is a constant source of inspiration for scientists, philosophers, and artists. Through the lens of water, this course helps students understand and appreciate the connection between science, philosophy, and art.

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, geological, chemical, and biological processes that govern the oceans with a focus on how the ocean is impacted by and also moderates 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. Discusses energy issues in context of globalization, climate change, and sustainable development. Explores lifestyle and policy decisions related to energy issues. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Historical Consciousness, Scientific Inquiry I, Research and Information Literacy.