Course Descriptions

A list of all Undergraduate courses in Environmental & Earth Science.

Lower Division

040 Physical Geology
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. This course satisfies the the Scientific Understanding requirement of the Core Curriculum. 

041 Physical Geology Laboratory
Laboratory to accompany EES 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 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.

060/060L 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. This course satisfies the Community Engagement requirement of the Core Curriculum.  Laboratory fee.

092/092L Environmental Science and Lab
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. One lab per week for three hours. Local field trips are part of the course. This course satisfies the Scientific Understanding requirement and the Common Good requirement in the Core Curriculum.  Laboratory fee.

Upper Division

100 Hydrology
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: Mathematical Understanding Core complete. Laboratory fee.

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: Mathematical Understanding Core complete. Laboratory fee.

120 Sustainability

125 Environmental Science Methods*
Introduction to environmental science field methods and instruments. Laboratory fee.

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: EES 40 and Mathematical Understanding Core complete. Laboratory fee.

160 Earth Materials*
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.  Laboratory fee.

175 Wetlands
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. Laboratory fee. Prerequesities: BIO 50 or BIO 1 & 2

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.  Laboratory fee.



* Offered in alternate years.
** Offered at least once in a three-year period.
# Does not fulfill an Area requirement.