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EASC 111: SURVEY OF EARTH SCIENCE

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course surveys the four main areas of earth science (geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy). Topics include Earth materials (rocks and minerals), the formation and history of the earth, surface processes, plate tectonics, weather and climate, and Earth's place in the solar system. This course is particularly suited for students not majoring in the sciences. [IAI: P1 905L]

EASC 116: INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGY

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course is a survey of geology designed as an introduction for beginning students. It includes the study of earth materials, natural resources, geologic time, and the processes that shape our planet such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, weathering, rivers, glaciers, and more. Local and regional field trips are required. [IAI: P1 907L]

EASC 118: INTRODUCTION TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval, and MAT 094 with a "C" or better or equivalent.

This course explores the basic understanding of the processes that produce our weather and climate. In addition to studying the elements of weather and climate -- temperature, moisture, pressure, and wind -- the course examines the causes for day-to-day weather changes, the nature of violent storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes, and surveys world climatic patterns. A study of air pollution and human impact on urban and global climates, as well as natural and unnatural causes of climate change are also included. [IAI: P1 905L]

EASC 250: FIELD GEOLOGY

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course includes field studies of the geology of various regions of North America. Stress is placed on the geologic history of the regions under investigation, and on the geologic and climatic processes which have shaped the physical landscape. Students are required to take exams, complete field exercises, record data in a field notebook, and submit a project that reviews the geology of the region. Students must be physically fit for camping and hiking. This course is often taught concurrently with BIOL 250. Ten hours of class presentation followed by three weeks of field study. [IAI: P1 907]