700+ Level

Current offerings of Earth & Environment courses can be found on the course listing of the BU Bulletin.

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

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.

ES 702 Quantitative Methods for the Earth Sciences II: Analysis and Modeling of Geologic Processes

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.

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 719 Colloquium in Terrestrial Biogeosciences

Prereq: consent of instructor.

The objective of this course is to introduce graduate students to the diversity of research being done in the field of biogeosciences. By participating in this seminar course, students will gain depth and breadth in their graduate education. The inclusion of distinguished-speaker seminars will not only expose students to some of the brightest minds in the field, but also help the students develop a professional network beyond that which they will gain at Boston University.

ES 771 Isotope Earth Science

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.

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 836 Advanced Topics in Igneous and Metamorphic Geology

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.