A list of all Undergraduate courses in Environmental & Earth Science.
040 Geology and the Earth
Nature and dustribution of earth materials, the processes by which the materials are formed and altered, and the nature and development of the earth. The introductory course in the earth science sequence offered every fall term. Satisfies Area B requirement in pre-2012 general education requirements. This course satisfies the the Scientific Understanding requirement of the Core Curriculum.
041 Geology and the Earth Laboratory
Laboratory to accompany Natural Sciences 40. One lab per week for three hours. Local field trips are part of the course. Laboratory fee.
050 Historical Geology
Principiles of interpretation of earth history. Study of plate tectonics and sea-floor spreading as related to the development of continents, ocean basins, and mountain belts. Origin, evolution, and diversification of life through time. The second introductory course in the earth science sequence offered in the spring term. Satisfies Area B requirment in the pre-2012 general education requirements. Satisfies Scientific Understanding of the Core Curriculum.
051 Historical Geology Lab
Laboratory to accompany Natural Sciences 50. One lab per week for three hours. Local field trips are part of the course. Laboratory fee.
060/061 Urban Environmental Issues and Lab
A general education science course that serves the EES program as a lower division chemistry course. This course focuses on the environmental issues of redevelopment of Superfund sites. The course has been taught as a learning community linking it with another sociology course. This Learning Community has had a significant community outreach component studying the redevelopment of Alameda Point, formerly NAS Alameda. The chemistry curriculum is presented in context evaluating the environmental risks and the technologies applied to clean up the site. Satisfies Area B requirement in the pre-2012 general education requirements. Lab fee $125. This course satisfies the Community Engagement requirement of the Core Curriculum.
Wetlands was designed to enable non-science major students to experience science as a way of knowing. Students study the environment and organismal characteristics ov various ecosystems which have soil covered with water at least part of the year. They study the biotic and abiotic factoris that make wetlands unique. By examinging the hydrology and biogeochemistry of fresh and salt water marshes, swamps, mangroves, bogs, vernal pools and peatlands, students come to understand about the threat to their continued existance. Students needing this course as an upper division requirement may could it as EES 175. The upper division course will require significant additional coursework and assignments. Satisfies Area B requirement in pre-2012 general education requirements. This course satisfies the Scientific Understanding requirement and the Community Engagement requirement in the Core Curriculum.
092 Environmental Science*
The entry level course reviewing the field. Physical, chemical, biological geological and cultural dimensions of environmental problems are examined in this course. It surveys the historical roots of these problems, then considers components such as population pressure, air, and water pollution, global change, desertification, deforestation et al. An introduction to ecological principles is provided. Satisfies Area B requirement in pre-2012 general education requirements. This course satisfies the Scientific Understanding requirement and the Community Engagement requirement in the Core Curriculum.
093 Environmental Science Lab
Laboratory to accompany Natural Sciences 50. One lab per week for three hours. Local field trips are part of the course. Laboratory fee Satisfies the Area B requirements.
The hydrologic cycle, from precipitation, evapotranspiration, infiltration and runoff, to surface and groundwater. Hydrograph analysis, stream gaging and discharge determination. Groundwater occurrence, movement and evaluation. Hydrologic regions of U.S., emphasizing the western states. No lab but field trip(s). Prerequisite: Area B math in the pre-2102 general education requirements or permission of instructor.
110 Geographic Information Systems*
Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for interpretation of spatial data and preparation of maps. Display and manipulation of vector and raster data, including point locations, street maps, boundaries and satellite images. Map scale, projections, and coordinate transformations. Basic database queries. Principles of Global Positioning System (GPS). THe course will include examples form several disciplines. Lab and field trips. Prerequisite: Area B math in the pre-2012 general education requirements or permission of instructor.
140 Environmental Geology – Natural Disasters*
The interaction between geologic processes and human society. Topics include rock, mineral water, and energy resources, volcanic hazards, earthquakes, landslides, floods, erosion, coastal processes, plate tectonics, geologic time, pollution problems and environmental management. Lab and field trips. Prerequisite: Area B math in the pre-2012 general education requirements or permission of instructor.
160 Minerology and Petralogy
Principles of mineralogy, crystal symmetry, structure and chemistry. Laboratory emphasizes physical properties and identification of minerals in hand sample and thin section. Charateristics, phase relations, and origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Plate-tectonic setting of magmatism and metamorphism. Laboratory emphasizes physical properties and identification of minerals and rocks in hand sample and thin section. The key course requirement for a major. Prerequesities: Introductory chemistry (Chem 8/9) and EES 40 or permission of the instructor. Lab.
180* Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Depositional systems and sedimentary processes. Facies models, succession, age relationships and correlation of strata. Petrology and provenance of sedimentary rocks. Lab and field trips. Prerequisites: EES 40 or EES 160 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
190* Structural and Regional Geology
Geometric, kinematic and dynamic analysis of structures of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory emphasis on descriptive geometry and stereographic solutions to structural problems; geologic map and structure sections. Lab and field trips. Prerequisite: EES 40 or permission of instructor.
195* Geologic Field Methods
Introduction to geological field methods and instruments, use of aerial photographs and topographic maps in geologic mapping, preparation of geologic maps of local areas. One hour lecture, 6 hours field. Summer session offering. Prerequisites: EES 40 and two upper division courses or permission of the instructor.
* Offered in alternate years.
** Offered at least once in a three-year period.
# Does not fulfill an Area requirement.