Earth and Environmental Sciences

EES (ES) 002: Introduction to Environmental Science
3 credits - CRN 44096
Focuses on natural and human-induced drivers and consequences of environmental change. Exploring options for mitigating and adapting to environmental change in ecosystems, physical and social systems, the course examines such topics as biogeochemical cycles, population pressure, ecosystem diversity, productivity and food security, energy, water resources, climate change, pollution, ozone, urban issues and sustainability. Stresses interactions using case studies. Intended for any student with an interest in the environment. May be combined with EES 022 or EES 004 for 4 credits.
Attribute/Distribution: NS
EES (ES) 004: Science of Environmental Issues
1 credit – Two Sections Offered – CRN’s 40805, 40806
Analysis of current environmental issues from a scientific perspective. The focus on the course will be weekly discussions based on assigned readings. May be combined with other EES 3 credit courses for 4 credits.
Attribute/Distribution: NS, STS
EES 011: Environmental Geology
3 credits – CRN 41918
Analysis of the dynamic interaction of geologic processes and human activities. Catastrophic geologic processes (earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides), pollution of geologic systems, and engineering case studies. May be combined with EES 022 or EES 004 for 4 credits.
Attribute/Distribution: NS
EES 021: Introduction to Planet Earth
3 credits - CRN 42224
Processes within the Earth and dynamic interactions between the solid earth, the atmosphere, and the oceans. Lectures. May be combined with EES 022 or EES 004.
Attribute/Distribution: NS
EES 022: Exploring Earth
1 credit– Four sections available 
Laboratory course in methods, data acquisition, data analyses and scientific communication relevant to Earth and Environmental Sciences. Building on the framework of the “Earth Science Literacy Initiative” the course introduces students to the foundations of the scientific method, the basic concepts of the Earth systems, and the influence and interaction of the natural world in everyday life. Topics include Hazards, resources, anthropogenic forcing and impacts, biogeochemical cycles and sustainability. May be combined with other EES Courses for 4 credits.
Attribute/Distribution: LS, NS 
EES 026: Energy, Origins, Impacts, & Options
3 credits – CRN 43765
Critical assessment of current and predicted energy resources used by humans, including their origins, distribution, environmental impacts, and feasibility. Lectures, discussion, field trips. May be combined with EES 022 or EES 004 for 4 credits.
Attribute/Distribution: NS
EES 080: Intro to the Earth System
4 credits – CRN 42171
Study of the integrated earth system, including the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere and interactions between these components (e.g., plate tectonics, biogeochemical cycling, climate, anthropogenic impacts). The course is designed to prepare students for a major in earth and environmental sciences and includes a lab that develops skills relevant to this broad field including data analysis, modeling, use of maps and geospatial data, and field work. Lectures and lab.
Attribute/Distribution: NS
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EES 095: Geology of National Parks
3 credits - CRN 44840
Using features of famous United States National Parks, this course will tour and explore the geological processes that has shaped our world.
Attribute/Distribution: NS
EES 097: Fire in the Earth System
3 credits - CRN 44956
Fire is a fundamental process and disturbance in ecosystems. This course examines the first evidence of fire in the geologic record, its evolution and how it has shaped today’s biomes, ecosystems, and plant communities. The course is also structured around the fire regime concept, which captures the variation in wildfire behavior, spatial extent, and timing. Today, fire poses several scientific and social issues for its presence at the wildlife urban interface, and fire management strategies are complex and evolving. Wildfire’s expansion into longer seasons and new regions is also a critical issue for a warming planet.
Attribute/Distribution: NS