Introduction to Earth Science: Atmosphere, Ocean and Environment with Laboratory
This course examines processes and features that
characterize the Earth's surface. The course
focuses on the major Earth systems of land
(lithosphere), air (atmosphere), and water
(hydrosphere) and explores how these systems
evolve and interact through geologic time.
Examples include studying global air circulation
and its effect on weather, examining links between
ocean currents and global climate, and exploring
how stream processes help to shape landscape. The
role of plate tectonics in driving the exchange of
matter and energy between Earth's systems is also
a central theme. The course is designed to provide
the necessary scientific and intellectual
background for understanding a wide range of Earth
phenomena, and to give students a greater
appreciation for the natural environment. Includes
three lecutre hours per week plus lab.
Prerequisite: Physics 140.
Student must have taken PHY 140 or ENV 140 or be an ENV major