Earth & Environment
Course details for Summer 2017 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2016 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.
Environmental Earth Sciences
CAS ES 105
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. Lab meets with lecture. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. 4 cr.
Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Other Natural Disasters
CAS ES 140
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. Carries natural science divisional credit (without lab) in CAS. 4 cr.
Environmental Change and Sustainability
CAS GE 100
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. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
Natural Environments: The Atmosphere
CAS GE 101
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. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. 4 cr.
Sustainable Energy: Technology, Resources, Society, and Environment
CAS GE 150
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. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
CAS GE 365
Prereq: (CAS MA 113 or CAS MA 115). Practical hands-on computing experience using GIS for analyzing data from maps and other sources. Analytical functions unique to GIS are emphasized, as are applications in archaeology, land use planning, environmental monitoring, and other fields. 4 cr.