Earth and Environmental Science - Courses

See the current class schedule for current classes and course descriptions

Environmental Science

ENVS 181 - Terrestrial Environment
(Formerly GS 171 - Environmental Science) Study how life interacts with geological and chemical systems on land and how humans influence these natural systems.

ENVS 182 - Atmospheric Environment and Population
(Formerly GS 172 - Environmental Science) Study of weather, climate, and the distribution of plants and animals into distinct biomes.

ENVS 183 - Aquatic Environment
(Formerly GS 173 - Environmental Science) Study the biological, geological and chemical interactions in freshwater and marine environments.

ENVS 184 - Global Climate Change
ENVS 184 Global Climate Change surveys the science of climate change, including geologic, isotopic, ice-core, and modern climate records, climate modeling, future climate predictions, and human contribution to climate change. Students explore Earth's climate system, greenhouse effect, Earth-sun relationship, energy budget, oceanic and atmospheric circulation, supervolcanoes, glaciers and ice, carbon cycle and sequestration, the influence of life on climate, and climate feedbacks and tipping points. A persistent theme in the course is how old and new energy technologies relate to Earth's energy and climate systems. The course analyzes the predicted impact of global climate change on weather, water resources, ecological, and human systems. Students investigate the potential for easing collective and personal human effects on the climate and examine actions that could help sustain stable climate and living systems

Geology for Non-majors : Geology 101, 102 and 103 Sequence
The geology sequence for non-majors may be taken in sequence or as individual courses taken in any order:

Geology 101: G 101 - Earth's Dynamic Interior
Explore Earth's internal structure, learn how rocks and minerals form, and how plate interactions cause earthquakes, create volcanoes and build mountains.

Geology 102: G 102 - Earth's Dynamic Surface
Examines the dynamic processes that shape the Earth's surface, including the work of weathering, mass wasting, streams, groundwater, wind, waves, glaciers and the long-term effects of climate changes.

Geology 103: G 103 - Evolving Earth
Survey the history of the Earth and life through time, and includes the topics of sedimentary environments, fossilization, plant and animal evolution, and the tectonic and continent building processes that affected North America.

Additional Geology Courses

Geology 146: G 146 - Rocks and Minerals
G 146 is a NEW non-majors' geology course that examines the relationships among rocks, minerals, gems and society.

Geology 147: G 147 - National Parks Geology
National Parks Geology is a NEW non-majors' geology course that emphasizes the geologic setting, history, and landform development in selected National Parks and Monuments.

Geology for Geology Majors and Other Interested Students

Geology 201: G 201 - Earth Materials & Plate Tectonics

Geology 202: G 202 - Earth's Surface Systems

Geology 203: G 203 - Evolution of the Earth

Geology 280: G 280 - Cooperative Education: Geology

Geology 280ES: G 280ES - Cooperative Education: Environmental Studies

Geology 298: G 298 - Independent Study
See department for topics.

Geology 299: G 299 - Trends

Physical Science Sequence

General Science 104: GS 104 - Physical Science
(Listed at Physics)

General Science 105: GS 105 - Physical Science
(Listed at Chemistry)

General Science 106: GS 106 - Physical Science
(Listed at Earth and Environmental Science)


General Science 142: GS 142 - Earth Science: Earth Revealed
An introductory geology course that integrates topics of Earth's history, plate tectonics, rock types, minerals, volcanism, earthquake activity, weathering, rivers, groundwater, glaciers, and coastal landforms.

General Science 147: GS 147 - Oceanography
GS 147 provides an overview of the basic physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur in the world ocean.