700+ Level

GE 700 Research Methods in Human-Environment Interactions

Introduces qualitative methods used to study human-environment interactions. Stimulates critical thinking about the research process and the particular issues of human-environment relations: how we “know,” matching methods and questions, ethical issues, and dissemination of results.

ES 701 Quantitative Methods for the Earth Sciences I: Mechanics of Earth Materials (4 credits, Fall, offered alternate years)

Prereq: graduate standing and completion of MA 123, MA 124, PY 211, PY 212 (or equivalents), or consent of instructor. Characterization of the response of complex natural systems to forcing using the methods of continuum mechanics. Applications include magma migration, the propagation of seismic waves, glacial flow, oceanic thermohaline circulation and thermochemical convection in the Earth’s mantle.
Instructor: Hall

ES 702 Quantitative Methods for the Earth Sciences II: Analysis and Modeling of Geologic Processes (4 credits, Fall, offered alternate years)

Prereq: graduate standing and completion of MA 123, MA 124, PY 211, PY 212 (or equivalents), or consent of instructor. Quantitative techniques for deriving models of geologic processes from physical measurements. Applications include marine sediment composition, soil response to solar heating, seismic-wave propagation in the mantle, estuarine water quality, glacial and interglacial cycles, and olivine deformation.
Instructor: Dalton

GE 712 Regional Energy Modeling

Prereq: consent of instructor. Regional energy modeling techniques and existing regional energy models. Current energy issues are discussed. Modeling procedures are introduced. Current regional and energy models are explored.

GE 714 Seminar: Energy and Environmental Issues

Prereq: consent of instructor. The interrelationships among the economy, energy, and environment at the regional level. Topics include regional location and energy determinants, conflicts between energy extraction, use, and environmental quality; and regional effects of national energy and environmental policies.

GE 723 Advanced Economic Geography

Prereq: CAS GE 103 or consent of instructor. Geography of retailing, wholesaling and manufacturing; emphasis on location analysis, trading area patterns, and raw material bases. Field and library work.

GE 741 Geographic Information Systems

This course explores the use of geographic information systems for a variety of uses ranging from land management and planning to scientific studies. Issues of geographic data capture, representation, and analysis are covered. The effects of uncertainty and errors are discussed.

ES 742 Coastal Dynamics (4 credits, Fall or Spring, offered alternate years)

Prereq: ES 541 or ES 640. Barrier formation, environments, and stratigraphy; dynamics of shoreface retreat and Holocene transgression; tidal inlet morphology; mechanics of inlet migration and spit breaching; inlet hydraulics, tidal component analysis, backbarrier hypsometry, and filling characteristics; tidal bedforms, inlet fill, and tidal delta stratigraphy.
Instructor: FitzGerald

ES 762 Nonmarine Terrigenous Clastic Deposits and Processes (4 credits, Fall or Spring, offered alternate years)

Prereq: ES 331 or ES 500. Discussion of deposits in non-marine environments. Eolian deposits and sand dune dynamics, braided and meandering fluvial systems, humid alluvial fans, lacustrine sedimentation, deserts and sabkhas, glacial depositional systems, permafrost, volcaniclastics, and catastrophic processes and deposits.
Instructor: FitzGerald

ES 771 Isotope Earth Science (4 credits, Fall, offered alternate years)

Prereq: graduate standing, CH 111/112 or equivalent, and ES 571 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry; isotope geology of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, chlorine, and sulfur; applications of isotope systematics to geochemical problems in hydrology, ocean biogeochemistry, and crustal genesis.
Instructor: Baxter

ES 781 Methods of Seismology (4 credits, Fall or Spring, offered alternate years)

Prereq: ES 360 or ES 660, and MA 225 and PY 408 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Methods and theoretical underpinnings of seismology, including elastic wave propagation, ray theory, reflection refraction and transmission, surface waves, earth structure, seismic sources, and review of modern analysis techniques.
Instructor: Dalton

GE 805 Spatial Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Prereq: CAS GE 505 or GE 565 and CAS MA 613 or MA 614. Covers advanced research topics in GIS dealing with the measurement, storage, retrieval and analysis of spatial information. Topics include fuzzy sets, fractals, and spatial statistics. Completion of a project is required.

ES 830 Advanced Topics in Surface Processes (4 credits, on demand)

Prereq: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Develops skills in critical scientific thinking through readings and discussions of classic and current literature in surface processes.
Instructor: Staff

ES 831 Advanced Topics in Tectonics (4 credits, on demand)

Prereq: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Develops skills in critical scientific thinking through readings and discussions of classic and current literature in tectonics.
Instructor: Staff

ES 833 Advanced Topics in Seismology and Geophysics (4 credits, on demand)

Prereq: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Develops skills in critical scientific thinking through readings and discussions of classic and current literature in seismology and geophysics.
Instructor: Staff

ES 834 Advanced Topics in Geochemical Cycles (4 credits, on demand)

Prereq: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Develops skills in critical scientific thinking through readings and discussions of classic and current literature in geochemical cycles.
Instructor: Staff

ES 835 Advanced Topics in Marine Geosciences (4 credits, on demand)

Prereq: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Develops skills in critical scientific thinking through readings and discussions of classic and current literature in marine geosciences.
Instructor: Staff

ES 836 Advanced Topics in Igneous and Metamorphic Geology (4 credits, on demand)

Prereq: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Develops skills in critical scientific thinking through readings and discussions of classic and current literature in igneous and metamorphic geology.
Instructor: Staff