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Department of the Earth Sciences

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Chairperson and Associate Professor: Jose A. Maliekal, PhD, University of Hawaii; Associate Professors: Whitney J. Autin, PhD, Louisiana State University; Judy A. Massare, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University; Robert Weinbeck, PhD, Iowa State University. Assistant Professors: Mark R. Noll, PhD, University of Delaware; Scott M. Rochette, PhD, St. Louis University; James A. Zollweg, PhD, Cornell University.

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While the Department of the Earth Sciences does not have a graduate degree program, its graduate course offerings may be applied as requirements and/or electives in degree programs as determined through advisement.

 

Earth Science Courses

ESC 512 Hydrology. Prerequisite: ESC 350, MTH 201 or instructor's permission. Explores the water cycle, including precipitation, runoff, streams and lakes, groundwater, snow and other hydrologic topics. Covers water storage and processes, analytical skills dealing with hydrologic events, and the utilization and conservation of water resources in terms of its distribution, quality and flow. 4 Cr. Odd Falls

ESC 515 Physical Meteorology. Prerequisites: ESC 311 and 350, MTH 201 and PHS 201. Covers atmospheric thermodynamics; physical processes of condensation and radiation; electrical, optical, and acoustical phenomena in the atmosphere; uses of weather radar and meteorological satellites; and methods of probing the atmosphere. 3 Cr. Odd Falls

ESC 516 Thermodynamics and the Boundary Layer. Prerequisites: ESC 311 and 350, MTH 201 and PHS 201. Investigates thermodynamic processes and stability in the lower atmospheric layers; transfers of mass, energy and momentum in the boundary layer; and atmospheric dispersion and modeling. 3 Cr. Even Falls

ESC 517 Dynamic Meteorology. Prerequisites: ESC 312 and 350, PHS 201, and MTH 203 or 455 or PHS 301. Covers development of the governing equations of motion, and simplifications, introduction of concepts of divergence, circulation, vorticity; mid-latitude synoptic scale motions; and numerical methods and linear perturbation theory. 3 Cr. Odd Springs

ESC 518 Watershed Sciences. Prerequisites: ESC 350 and 412 or GEL 462 or instructor's permission. Explores the art and science of evaluating water, air and land resources in a watershed to provide scientific information for management policy decisions. Covers utilization of maps and other physical resources information, sampling, data processing, and analysis. 3 Cr. Odd Springs

ESC 520 Atmospheric Sensing Methods. Prerequisites: ESC 211 and 350. Examines theory of atmospheric sensing equipment: conventional environmental instrumentation, traditional radar propagation and interpretation, Doppler and profiler implementations, and satellite imagery interpretation. Emphasizes applications to National Weather Service networks and weather forecasting. 3 Cr. Even Springs

ESC 521 Air Pollution Meteorology. Prerequisites: ESC 211 and 350. Studies the way the atmosphere transports and diffuses pollutants. Lays a groundwork through a study of fundamental meteorology, including stability, turbulence, wind and local circulations. Also studies diffusion through mathematical models of both point sources and area sources. 3 Cr. Odd Springs

ESC 532 Tropical Meteorology. Prerequisites: ESC 311 and 350, MTH 201 and PHS 201. Provides a comprehensive understanding of weather systems and climatic fluctuations of the tropics. Also covers the atmosphere-ocean interaction at various time scales and discusses the possible influence of the tropical tropospheric events on the weather and climate of the middle latitudes. 3 Cr. Odd Falls

ESC 552 Mesoscale Meteorology. Prerequisites: ESC 312 and 350, MTH 201 and PHS 201. Examines atmospheric circulations on the mesoscale as defined by observations of meteorological phenomena, the spatial resolution of observational net works, and theory. Studies atmospheric motion classified in this way within the spectrum of the broader atmospheric variability. Defines perturbations on the mesoscale on the basis of physical characteristics and temporal evolution. Gives particular attention to the development and forecasting of severe storms. 3 Cr. Even Springs

ESC 555 Introduction to Soils Science (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350, GEL 201 and CHM 205, or instructor's permission. Explores the formation, properties and characterization of soils, especially those of New York state; measurement of physical and chemical properties in field and classroom; and management, conservation, and applications of soil survey. 3 Cr. Even Falls

ESC 557 Marine GeologyBahamas. Prerequisite: ESC 200 or instructor's permission. Entails studies of the geology and ecology of San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Topics to be investigated by advisement. Requires a written report. A two-week course off campus during winter intersession. 3 Cr. Winters

ESC 599 /699 Independent Study in Earth Science. Prerequisite: ESC 350. Defined in consultation with the instructor sponsor prior to registration. 1-3 Cr.

ESC 636 Water Resources Topics. A distance- learning course covers the study of selected topics in water dealing with its sensing, analysis, causes, impacts, and prediction. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ESC 671 Selected Weather Topics. A distance- learning course covers the study of selected topics in weather, dealing with its sensing, analysis, causes, impacts, and prediction. 3 Cr. Fall

ESC 672 Selected Oceanography Topics (A). Allows for study of selected topics in physical oceanography, dealing with its sensing, analysis, causes, impacts, and prediction. 3 Cr. Fall

ESC 675 Real-time Weather Studies (A). A distance-learning course develops principles of meteorology from analysis of electronically delivered current environmental data and learning activities. Relies on computer receipt, analysis, and display of geoscience data with classroom applications. A distance-learning course. 3 Cr. Every Semester

Geology Courses

GEL 508 Structural Geology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and GEL 302. Covers the principles of mechanical behavior of rocks during deformation, theories of origin of major and minor rock structures (folds, faults, rock cleavage, etc.) and their relationships to each other. Also covers plate tectonics models for some major crustal structures. Emphasizes laboratory techniques of analyzing and solving three-dimensional problems gathering structural data in the field. Requires a weekend field trip and report. 4 Cr. Even Springs

GEL 511 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and GEL 302. Investigates physical, chemical and biological characteristics of sedimentary materials, sedimentary environments and geologic time. Allows for the application of stratigraphic principles to a variety of problems involving sedimentary rocks in the geologic record. Covers techniques and instruments used in stratigraphy and sedimentology. Requires advanced field or laboratory investigation. 4 Cr. Odd Falls

GEL 515 Geomorphology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and GEL 201 or equivalent. Explores surface features of Earth and their origin. Emphasizes processes, both internal and external, which interact to produce land forms. Stresses analytical approach formulations of valid inferences based on accurate observations. Requires weekend field trip, and term paper using library research of approved topic. 4 Cr. Odd Springs

GEL 556 Topics in Field Geology of the Northeast (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Presents aspects of geology of selected regions of the northeastern US from field observations. Covers techniques of gathering and recording geologic data in the field, interpretation of topographic and geologic maps, and identification/examination of rocks and structures in the field. Requires a two-week field trip with short field projects. Can be repeated for credit with instructor's permission. 3 Cr. Summer, Irregularly

GEL 557 Geochemistry (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350, GEL 201, and CHM 205 and 206. Applies basic chemical principles of thermodynamics, kinetics, and equilibrium to the investigation of common geologic problems ranging from the crystallization of silicate melts to surface reactions on soil minerals. Focuses on application of good laboratory practices to wet chemical and instrumental techniques involving geologic materials. 4 Cr. Even Springs

GEL 562 Groundwater (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and GEL 201 or equivalent. Studies groundwater, its occurrence, movement and use, and its place in the hydrologic cycle. Examines the origin and analysis of aquifers, use and effects of wells, and water quality and groundwater problems. 4 Cr. Odd Springs

GEL 599 /699 Independent Study in Geology. Prerequisite: GEL 302. Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor prior to registration. 1-3 Cr.

  The information in this publication was current as of December 2002 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.