ACADEMICS

  • Earth Science Courses

    GS 101 Physical Geography
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes
    Introduction to earth systems and processes. Characteristics and distribution of landforms, climates, water, soils,
    plants and animals.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GS 110 Meteorology
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes; Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum
    Weather elements, frontal storms, air mass characteristics, winds, temperature, precipitation, and pressure patterns
    throughout the world; weather instruments, forecasting.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GS 140 Physical Geology
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes (Laboratory Course)
    Introduction to geological science: rocks and minerals, internal and external geologic processes, topographic map
    and air photo analysis, local field study. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours per week.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    GS 150 Humans and the Cold Environment

    Winter intersession. Examines earth's cold regions, including physical geography, cryosphere's role in earth systems,
    human adaptations. Includes outdoor activity.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GS 160 Maps and Map Interpretation
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes; Quantitative Reasoning across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: Accuplacer code 3 or above

    Introduction to map reading and interpretation and the history and basic principles of cartography.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.

    GS 193 Special Topics in Earth Science for First-Year Students
    All "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.
    Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GS 195 Special Topics
    Introductory course to be offered on a trial basis. Topic to be announced in advance
    1-6 credits.

    GS 210 Geomorphology
    Prerequisite: GS 101 or GS 140
    The study of landforms and the processes that form them. Labs focus on interpretation of maps and aerial photographs.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    GS 216 Geographic Information Systems I
    Introduction to the digital production of maps using ArcGIS software.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    GS 218 Introduction to Remote Sensing
    Prerequisite: ONE of the following: GS 101 or GS 140, NS 150, BI 101, BI 140 or permission of the instructor
    Introduction to the use and analysis of remotely sensed images such as aerial photographs and satellite imagery.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GS 220 Earth History
    Prerequisite: GS 140
    Historical evolution of the earth, its surface features, and life forms through geologic time.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    GS 225 Oceanography
    Prerequisite: ONE of the following: GS 101 or GS 140, GS 110, NS 150 or permission of the instructor
    The principles of physical, chemical, biological, and geological oceanography.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GS 230 Biogeography
    Prerequisite: ONE of the following: GS 101, BI 101 or BI 140 or permission of the instructor
    The distribution patterns of plants and animals, processes affecting this distribution, and how these patterns change
    in space and time.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GS 235 Contemporary Climate Change
    Prerequisite: ONE of the following: GS 101, GS 110, NS 150, CH 106 or permission of the instructor
    The global climate system, factors influencing climate, recent climate change and the role of human activity.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GS 240 Coastal Environments
    Prerequisite: GS 101 or GS 140 or permission of the instructor
    Summer session course examining the physical geography of coastal environments including human impacts.
    Includes field trips.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GS 245 Planetary Geology
    Prerequisites: GS 140 or PY 101 (formerly NS 105) or permission of instructor
    Solar system formation and evolution with emphasis on planetary interiors and surface features.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    GS 250 Hydrology
    Prerequisite: ONE of the following: GS 101, GS 140, GS 110, NS 150 or permission of the instructor
    Hydrologic processes, their estimation and measurement. Includes precipitation, evaporation, runoff, groundwater
    and water resources management.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.

    GS 260 Introduction to Soil Science
    Prerequisite: GS 101 or GS 140 or permission of instructor
    The study of the formation, processes, classification and composition of soils with emphasis on environmental
    applications, including wetland delineation.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.

    GS 299 Special Topics
    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
    Intermediate level course to be offered on a trial basis. Topic to be announced in advance.
    1-6 credits.

    GS 318 Geographic Information Systems II
    Prerequisite: GS 216
    Advanced production of digital maps using a GIS vector oriented software.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits

    GS 335 Hydrogeology
    Prerequisites: GS 140 or GS 250
    Underground water and its movement. Aquifer identification and test; wells, contamination and remediation, ground
    water as a geologic agent.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.

    GS 365 Climate Change over Earth History
    Prerequisite: GS 140 or GS 235 or permission of instructor
    A record of change climate on Earth; methods used to reconstruct past climates; relevance of past changes to the
    current climate.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits.


    GS 370 Lakes and Environmental Change
    Prerequisites: GS 140 and at least one earth science course 200 level or above, or permission of instructor
    Modern physical, biogeochemical, and sedimentary processes in lakes. Lake sediment as archives of past climate and
    environmental change. Includes fieldwork. Two hour lecture and one two-hour lab.
    Offered every other year. 4 credits.

    GS 400 Geography Seminar
    Prerequisites: GE 102, GS 101, GS 216, GS 140, GE 315 and senior standing (or permission of department chair)
    Capstone course for geography majors. Students conduct independent research projects and present their findings.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    GS 410 Independent Study in Geography
    Opportunity for advanced students to pursue a topic of special interest involving extensive reading, experimentation,
    and research.
    1-6 credits.

    GS 450 Readings and Directed Research
    Prerequisites: All department requirements for major fulfilled.
    Directed study on selected topics; open to senior majors.
    3 credits.

    GS 460 Geography Internship
    Prerequisites: All department requirements for major fulfilled.
    Students assigned to various government and private agencies under joint supervision of agency and faculty.
    1-6 credits.

    GS 470 Selected Topics in Geography
    Topic or subject to be announced in advance; topic to be relevant to student needs and interests and subject to
    availability of professor.
    1-6 credits