Geology Courses

Earth Science Courses

The number of credit hours for each course is given in brackets after its ID.

ES 131. (4) Earth Science/Physical Geology. Basic principles governing the dynamic Earth including plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, geologic time, rocks, minerals, weathering, and erosion. Three class periods; one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Field trips and/or term projects may be required. Course fee: $30.00. (Fall, Spring)

ES 132. (4) Historical Geology. The development of the earth as deduced from the examination and interpretation of rocks. Special attention given to the identification and significance of fossils. Three class periods; one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Field trips and/or term projects may be required. Prerequisites: ES 131, or departmental approval. Course fee: $30.00. (Spring) *

ES 133. (4) Earth Science. Major concepts of meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy with selected examples of interrelationships. Three class periods; one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Field trips and/or term projects may be required. (Fall, Spring)

ES 245. (4) Mineralogy. Crystal chemistry, crystallography; physical properties of minerals; mineral stability, identification, and occurrence. Three class periods; one 2-hour laboratory per week. Field trips and/or term projects may be required. Prerequisite: ES 131. Course fee: $30.00. (Spring, odd numbered years)

ES 308. (3) Science for the Elementary School Teacher. Selected topics from elementary school science teaching units, including biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, and meteorology; practical techniques in the development and use of teaching materials and science equipment, the collection and preservation of specimens, and demonstration; consideration of the role of science in the elementary school; study of new curricula. This course cannot be used as a 300-level elective in any major or minor other than Elementary Education. Prerequisites: BI 101, 102; ES 131, PH 101 and ABI/FBI background clearance. Course fee: $30.00. (Fall, Spring)

ES 330. (3) Meteorology. Components of weather systems; atmospheric temperature, pressure, and humidity; interpretation of weather maps and elements of forecasting. Also listed as GE 330 but creditable only in field for which registered. Field trips and/or term projects may be required. Prerequisite: ES 131 or GE 111 or GE 112 or departmental approval. (Fall)

ES 375. (3) Technology and the Environment. A course designed to acquaint the student with the dynamic state of our technological world; interrelationships of pollution, energy, natural resources, food, and populations, with emphasis on human health issues. Field trips and/or term projects may be required. Prerequisite: advanced standing or departmental approval. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

ES 431. (3) Structural Geology. The nature, classification, origin, and quantification of geologic structures, with emphasis on sedimentary rocks. Field trips and/or term projects may be required. Prerequisite: ES 131. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

ES 431L. (1) Structural Geology Laboratory. Laboratory analysis, including computer mapping of folds, faults, and other structural features. Laboratory exercises are designed to develop computer skills. Required for geology major. One 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in ES 431. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

ES 455W. (4) Paleobiology. Fundamental biological problems, including speciation, systematics, evolution, extinction, functional morphology, paleoecology, and biogeography will be addressed from the perspective of the fossil record. Three class periods; one 2-hour laboratory per week. Field trips and/or term projects may be required. Also listed as BI 455W but creditable only in the field for which registered. Prerequisite: ES 132 or departmental approval. Course fee: $30.00. (Fall, even-numbered years)

ES 480-481. (1-4) Topics in Earth Science. Topics will be selected from astronomy, environmental science, geology, marine geology, meteorology, and oceanography. Departmental approval required. Special fee: $30.00 (may be required depending on the topic). (Offered on sufficient demand)

ES 488. (3) Hydrogeology. The interrelationships between water and geologic materials and processes, primarily subsurface water. Prerequisite: ES 131. (Spring, even-numbered years