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Department of the Earth Sciences
Chairperson and Associate Professor: Mark R. Noll, PhD, University of Delaware; Associate Dean of Letters and Sciences and Associate Professor: Jose A. Maliekal, PhD, University of Hawaii; Professor: Judy A. Massare, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University; Associate Professors: Whitney J. Autin, PhD, Louisiana State University; Scott M. Rochette, PhD, St. Louis University; Robert Weinbeck, PhD, Iowa State University; James A. Zollweg, PhD, Cornell University; Assistant Professors: L. Gustavo Pereira, PhD, Colorado State University; Paul L. Richards, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 562 Hydro Meteorology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350, ESC 211 and MTH 201. Explores the interface between meteorologic and hydrologic processes that governs the impact that weather has on the human and natural environment. Examines underlying processes behind extreme events such as flooding, storm surge, and decertification. Explores the processes that govern them as well as the extent of their effects, their causes and the models used to predict them. 4 Cr. Even Fall
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.
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.
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.
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.
ESC 676 Realtime Ocean Studies (A). Develops principles of oceanography 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 administered by the American Meteorological Society (www.ametsoc.org/dstreme). 3 Cr. Every Semester
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 techniques of analyzing and solving three-dimensional problems gathering structural data in the field. Requires a weekend field trip and report. 4 Cr.
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. 4 Cr.
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.
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.
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.
GEL 599 Independent Study in Geology (A). Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. By Arrangement