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Geosciences Course Offerings

Fall 2016

GE 101 Earth Systems Science   Prof. Cholnoky
GE 112 Oceanography: Introduction to the Marine Environment   Prof. Estapa
GE 207 Environmental Geology   Prof. Frappier
GE 251D Data Analysis and Modeling   Prof. Gerbi (counts for one semester of the math requirement for the major!)
GE 304 Geomorphology   Prof. Nichols
GE 351D The Ocean and Global Change   Prof. Estapa
GE 371 Independent Study Department contact faculty to discuss possibilities and interests
GE 399 Professional Internship In Geology

GE Special Topics Course Descriptions

GE-251D 001 Data Analysis and Modeling in Geosciences - Prof. Gerbi

Quantitative analysis of earth processes is fundamental to understanding the past and predicting the future of all earth systems including tectonics, climate, weather, oceanography, geochemistry, and hydrology.  Students will develop skills in quantifying past trends and events, and in making predictions about future earth system behavior.  These skills will include using publicly available data and techniques for estimating parameters, analyzing uncertainty, and developing predictive models using programs such as Excel and MATLAB.  Topics may include, but are not limited to, sea level rise, ocean currents, plate motions, global temperatures, atmospheric chemistry, and rainfall patterns. Four hours of combined lecture and lab per week.  Prerequisite:  MA-111.

GE-351D 001 The Ocean and Global Change – Prof. Estapa

We are entering an era of accelerated change in Earth's systems, and many profound effects are occurring or are predicted to occur in the oceans.  In this course students will explore topics such as the impacts of ice melt and increasing temperatures on ocean circulation; the spread of low-oxygen conditions and ocean acidification; shifts in marine species distributions and the loss of biodiversity; the implications of ocean-related geoengineering; and the effects of human resource extraction from the sea.  Discussion will center around readings taken from the primary oceanographic literature, and will emphasize the role of Earth system models in predictions of future change.  Prerequisite:  GE-101 or GE-112 or permission of the instructor.  May not be repeated for credit by students who completed GE-351-001 in Spring 2015.

Natural Sciences degree requirement

GE 101 Earth Systems Science   Prof. Cholnoky
GE 112 Oceanography: Introduction to the Marine Environment   Prof. Estapa

QR2 degree requirement

GE 101 Earth Systems Science   Prof. Cholnoky
GE 112 Oceanography: Introduction to the Marine Environment   Prof. Estapa

Environmental Studies course requirements

Cluster B1 courses

GE 101 Earth Systems Science   Prof. Cholnoky
GE 112 Oceanography: Introduction to the Marine Environment   Prof. Estapa
GE 207 Environmental Geology   Prof. Frappier
GE 351D The Ocean and Global Change   Prof. Estapa

Cluster B2 courses

GE 251D Data Analysis and Modeling   Prof. Gerbi
GE 304 Geomorphology   Prof. Nichols
GE 351D The Ocean and Global Change   Prof. Estapa

International Affairs Program's requirements

GE 101 Earth Systems Science   Prof. Cholnoky
GE 112 Oceanography: Introduction to the Marine Environment   Prof. Estapa
GE 207 Environmental Geology   Prof. Frappier

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