Earth and Environmental Science - Courses
ENSC 181 - Terrestrial Environment
Interactions among humans and natural land-based systems and their environmental consequences. Topics and labs include terrestrial ecology, biodiversity, biomes, forests, agriculture, rangelands, soils, groundwater, geologic mineral and energy resources, mining, waste management, recycling, environmental justice, ecological economics, conservation, and sustainable production.
ENSC 182 - Atmospheric Environment and Climate Change
Causes, consequences, geologic history and science of climate change and atmosphere. Topics and labs include weather, sun-Earth cycles, air pollution, ozone layer, greenhouse effect, ocean/atmosphere/ice systems, climate models and data, predictions, feedbacks, tipping points, carbon sequestration, energy options.
ENSC 183 - Aquatic Environment
Students learn about freshwater and marine systems including their biology, geology, chemistry, circulation, climate and interactions with humans. Topics and labs include aquatic biodiversity, streams, water pollution, ocean currents, fisheries, sustaining aquatic systems and water resources.
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 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 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.
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.