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DEPARTMENT OF THE EARTH SCIENCES

(585) 395-2636, (585) 395-2416 fax
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: www.esc.brockport.edu
E-mail: lmulley@brockport.edu
Chairperson and Associate Professor: James A. Zollweg, PhD, Cornell University; Associate Dean of Letters and Sciences 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; Mark R. Noll, PhD, University of Delaware; Robert Weinbeck, PhD, Iowa State University; Assistant Professors: Paul L. Richards, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University; Scott M. Rochette, PhD, St. Louis University; Instructor: Steve Weinbeck, MS, Texas Tech 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 SCIENCES COURSES

ESC 512 Hydrology with Lab (A). Prerequisite: MTH 201. 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 Fall

ESC 515 Physical Meteorology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 311, ESC 350, ESC 391 and PHS 201 or instructor's permission. Covers atmospheric thermodynamics; physical processes of condensation; electrical phenomena in the atmosphere; radiative transfer. 3 Cr. Odd Fall

ESC 516 Thermodynamics and the Boundary Layer (A). Prerequisites: ESC 311, ESC 350, ESC 391, MTH 201 and PHS 201 or instructor's permission. Covers thermodynamic processes and stability in the lower atmospheric layers; transfer of mass, energy and momentum in the boundary layer. 3 Cr. Even Fall

ESC 517 Dynamic Meteorology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 312; ESC 350; ESC 391; PHS 201; MTH 203 and either MTH 255 or PHS 301 or instructor's permission. Covers the development of the governing equations of motion and simplifications, introduction to concepts of divergence, circulation, vorticity; mid-latitude synoptic scale motions; numerical methods and linear perturbation theory. 3 Cr. Odd Spring

ESC 518 Watershed Sciences (A). Prerequisite: ESC 412 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 Spring

ESC 520 Atmospheric Sensing Methods (A). Prerequisites: ESC 211, ESC 350 and ESC 391 or instructor's permission. Theory and applications of conventional and remote sensing instruments: in situ instruments, radars, Doppler radars and satellites. Emphasizes applications to National Weather Service networks and weather forecasting. Laboratory exercises include basic electrical circuits, instrument calibration, launching and analyzing soundings, and interpreting radar and satellite imageries. 4 Cr. Even Spring

ESC 521 Air Pollution Meteorology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and ESC 391 or instructor's permission. For students, engineers and professional people training to measure air pollution levels or measure and evaluate meteorological parameters which affect the diffusion and concentration of pollutants in the atmosphere. Provides knowledge of the effects of meteorology in air pollution. Covers factors related to site selection, control programs and interpretation of surveys. Also studies diffusion using mathematical models. 3 Cr. Odd Spring

ESC 531 GIS Applications in Earth and Environmental Science (A). Prerequisite: ESC 230. Introduces students to spatial analysis theories, techniques, and issues associated with ecological and environmental applications. Provides hands-on training in the use of spatial tools while addressing a real problem. Allows students to experience linking GIS analyses to field assessments and monitoring activities. 3 Cr. Spring

ESC 532 Tropical Meteorology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 311, ESC 350, ESC 391, MTH 201 and PHS 201 or instructor's permission. Provides a comprehensive understanding of climatology and weather systems of the tropics. Also covers the atmosphere- ocean interaction at various time scales and discusses the possible influence of the tropical tropospheric processes on the weather and climate of the middle latitudes. 3 Cr. Odd Fall

ESC 552 Mesoscale Meteorology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 312, ESC 350, ESC 391, MTH 201 and PHS 201. An introduction to mesoscale processes and precipitation systems, with an emphasis on deep convection and severe weather. Covers severe storm type, structure, and organization; radar and satellite signatures of mesoscale and convective features; and the roles of atmospheric instabilities in the growth of mesoscale phenomena. Includes diagnosis and short-term prediction of severe storms via lecture and exercises. 3 Cr. Even Spring

ESC 555 Soils Science (A). Prerequisites: GEL 201, CHM 205, ESC 350 and ESC 391 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 Fall

ESC 557 Marine Geology-Bahamas (A). Involves preparation in the fall semester for a 2-week January intersession field experience in coral reef biology and geology on San Salvador island in the Bahamas. Covers identification, behavior and ecology of marine organisms in five habitats associated with coral reefs. Teaches students to prepare a scientific field notebook and to design, conduct and write a paper on a personal research project. 3 Cr.

ESC 599 Independent Study in Earth Science (A). Defined in consultation with the instructor sponsor prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. By Arrangement

ESC 636 Water Resources Topics (A). A distance-learning course covering the study of selected topics in water dealing with its sensing, analysis, causes, impacts and prediction. Administered by American Meteorological Society (www.ametsoc.org/dstreme). 3 Cr. Every Semester

ESC 671 Selected Weather Topics (A). A distance-learning course covering the study of selected topics in weather, dealing with its sensing, analysis, causes, impacts and prediction. Administered by American Meteorological Society (www.ametsoc. org/dstreme). 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. A distance-learning course administered by the American Meteorological Society (www.ametsoc.org/dstreme). 3 Cr. Fall

ESC 675 Real-Time Weather Studies (A). A distance-learning course developing 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. Administered by the American Meteorological Society (www.ametsoc.org/dstreme). 3 Cr. Every Semester

 

GEOLOGY COURSES

GEL 508 Structural Geology (A). Prerequisites: GEL 302, ESC 350 and ESC 391 or instructor's permission. 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 Spring

GEL 511 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (A). Prerequisites: GEL 302, ESC 350 and ESC 391 or instructor's permission. Covers the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of sedimentary materials; sedimentary environments and geologic time; and the application of stratigraphic principles to a variety of problems involving sedimentary rocks in the geologic record. Employs techniques and instruments used in stratigraphy and sedimentology. Requires a weekend field trip and report. 4 Cr. Odd Fall

GEL 515 Geomorphology (A). Prerequisites: GEL 201, ESC 350 and ESC 391 or instructor's permission. 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. 4 Cr. Odd Spring

GEL 556 Field Geology of the Adirondacks (A). 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). Course fee. Prerequisites: CHM 205, CHM 206 and GEL 201. 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 Spring

GEL 562 Groundwater (A). Prerequisite: GEL 201. Studies groundwater, its occurrence, movement and use, and its place in the hydrologic cycle. Examines the origin of aquifers, use and effects of wells, and water quality and groundwater problems. Laboratory focuses on practical application of principles to solving hydrogeologic problems. 4 Cr. Odd Spring

GEL 599 Independent Study in Geology (A). Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. By Arrangement

The information in this publication was current as of June 2005 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.

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