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)

ES 101 The Dynamic Earth (4 credits, Fall, NS, lab)

Introduction to the dynamic Earth, including plate tectonics, earthquake hazards and volcanic hazards, mountain-building processes; igneous and metamorphic processes; surface processes, erosion, soil, and sediment formation; and hydrogeology. Interactions among the lithospheric, hydrospheric, atmospheric, and biospheric systems are emphasized. Three hours lecture, two hours lab, including field trips.
Instructor: Dalton or Marchant

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)

GE 103 Economic Geography

Factors influencing the spatial organization of economic activity including the spatial structure of urban regions, principles of regional trade and interaction, transportation networks, and spatial diffusion systems. Emphasis on the location of economic activity and spatial aspects of area development. (SS)

GE 104 Natural Environments: The Physical Landscape

Introduction to controls that shape the ecosystems and landscape of the earth. Vegetation and soils of the forests, deserts, grasslands, and tropics. The work of rivers, glaciers, oceans, and volcanoes in sculpturing the earth’s surface. History of the natural landscape. (NS)

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

GE 110 Our Changing Planet: The Perspective from Space

An integrated treatment of the various components of the earth system: the atmosphere, lithosphere, ecosphere, and hydrosphere, as well as how they are changing. Extensive use of observations and measurements from space. Emphasis on global environmental change and human impact on earth. (NS) (lab)

ES 140 Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and other Natural Disasters (4 credits, Fall, NS)

Explores the large natural events that affect us; examines their geologic causes, as well as their natural and human consequences. Topics include earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, impacts of extraterrestrial objects, and other near-surface disasters, with an emphasis on destructive solid-earth phenomena.
Instructor: Hall

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