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Geology Course Checklist

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top ⇑Lecture-Laboratory Courses Fulfilling the Newcomb-Tulane Core Requirement of Scientific Inquiry Physical and Life Sciences

EENS 1110/1115 – Physical Geology

Lab Website: Physical Geology Laboratory

EENS 1120/1125 – Earth History

Lab Website: Earth History Laboratory

EENS 1300/1305 – Earth as a Living Planet

 

top ⇑Course Information for Non-Majors

Courses Suitable for Non-Majors including Non Scientists

EENS 2020 – Environmental Geology

EENS 2030 – History of Life

EENS 2060 – Intro to Geography

EENS 2070 – Weather and Climate

EENS 2230 – Oceanography

EENS 3050 – Natural Disasters

Website: Natural Disasters

EENS 3060 – Dinosaurs

COLQ 4120 – Grand Canyon Colloquium

Website: Grand Canyon Colloquium


top ⇑Undergraduate Courses

EENS 1050 Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs Evolution of the dinosaurs and their ancestors. An examination of dinosaurs' classification, morphology, and modes of life. Emphasis on their fossil record and man's concept about dinosaurs. Credit hours: 3

EENS 1110 – Physical Geology

The origin nature and evolution of the Earth-Moon system and their constituent materials; development of Earth's surface features through interaction of physical, chemical, and biological processes over geologic time: considerations of interactions between Earth processes and present day human activity. Co-requisites: EENS 1115. Credit hours: 3

EENS 1115 – Physical Geology Laboratory

A hands-on study of rocks, minerals, landforms and geologic structures using topographic maps, aerial photographs, physical models, field examination and independent research projects. One laboratory per week; field trips. Co-requisites: EENS 1110. Credit hours: 1 

EENS 1125 – Earth History Laboratory

The physical evolution of the Earth over the past 4.6 billion years.  Particular attention is paid to North America's geological history.  The course also covers the evolution of life through geological time. Co-requisites: EENS 1125. Credit hours: 3

EENS 1200 Earth Systems

An introduction to the variety of processes that shape the Earth's surface. This includes an outline of the evolution of the surface of our planet, focusing primarily on the past few million years. This time interval is particularly relevant to understanding the Earth system in which we live and that is undergoing rapid transformation due to human activities. Credit hours: 3

EENS 1300 – Earth as a Living Planet

An introduction to the interaction of earth systems and man; anthropogenic impacts of population growth and economic development; renewable and non-renewable resources, air, water and soil pollution and mitigation; ecosystems and biological diversity; and environmental problem solving using the scientific method. Students develop a holistic understanding of environmental science using class discussions and laboratories to reinforce basic scientific principles. Co-requisites: EENS 1305.  Credit hours: 3

EENS 1305 – Earth as a Living Planet Laboratory

Laboratory to accompany EENS 1300. Co-requisites: EENS 1300. Credit hours: 1

EENS 1890 – Service Learning

Service learning component to Earth and Environmental Sciences courses. See Schedule of Classes each semester for offerings. 20 or 40 hours of public service with a CPS approved community partner. Credit hours: 0

EENS 2020 – Environmental Geology

The interaction of humans and their geologic environment. A study of Earth processes and their action on rocks, soil, fluids, and life in ways that either affect or control the human environment. The effect of humans on their environment with consideration of the feedback between Earth processes and human activities. Lectures and field trips. Credit hours: 3

EENS 2030 – History of Life

Multi-disciplinary introduction to the evolution of life on Earth, from its origin through the Pleistocene. Evolution and ecology of organisms in primitive environments, with special attention given to key taxa and events, such as the transition to land, the origin of angiosperms, the rise and fall of dinosaurs, and the origin and early evolution of reptiles, birds, and mammals. Emphasis placed on the reconstruction of ancient environments, using modern ecological and evolutionary principles as a guideline to the nature of early biological communities and ecosystems. Credit hours: 3

EENS 2060 – Introductory Geography

An introduction to the basic facts concerning the physical environment: landforms, climates, vegetation and soils, followed by a comprehensive survey of the relationship between the physical environment and human activity in the major geographic regions of the world. The geography of Louisiana is considered in relation to the region. Recommended to students working toward Louisiana certification in elementary education. Credit hours: 3

EENS 2070 – Weather and Climate

An introduction to the Earth's atmosphere with particular emphasis on weather and climate. Topics covered include: heating and cooling of the atmosphere; atmospheric circulation and wind; air masses and cyclonic storms; tropical weather and hurricanes; and global climates and climatic change. Credit hours: 3

EENS 2080 Extreme Weather

This course is designed to give students a fundamental understanding of severe weather and its impact on man and the environment. Students focus on life cycles of thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and ice storms, as well as the impacts of temperature and precipitation extremes. Credit hours: 3

EENS 2090 - Surface Water Hydrology

This course focuses on the movement of water in and among surface water systems and exchanges between the surface, atmospheric and ground water components of the hydrologic cycle. A grade of C- or better is required for the Environmental Earth Science Major. Prerequisites: Math 1210. Credit hours: 3

EENS 2110 – Mineralogy

Crystallography, mineralogy, and the identification of minerals in hand specimen and using the petrographic microscope. Notes: A grade of C- or better is required in this course before subsequent enrollment in EENS 2120 is permitted. In addition to lectures, there are two laboratories per week. Prerequisites: EENS 1110. Co-requisites: CHEM 1070/1075 (concurrent enrollment). Credit hours: 4. Website: Mineralogy Laboratory

EENS 2120 – Petrology

The study of igneous and metamorphic rocks including their nature and origin, and identification in both hand specimen and using the petrographic microscope. Notes: In addition to lectures there are two laboratories per week. Prerequisites: EENS 2110. Credit hours: 4
Website: Petrology 

EENS 2230 – Oceanography

A broad survey of chemical, physical, and geological oceanography with a brief historical overview and a consideration of current concepts. Credit hours: 3

EENS 3050 – Natural Disasters

An examination of the causes and effects of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, subsidence, coastal erosion, flooding, severe weather (including hurricanes), and meteorite impacts. Also includes a discussion of options available to mitigate disasters. Credit hours: 3
Website: Natural Disasters

EENS 3090 – Invertebrate Paleontology

Principles of invertebrate paleontology; a systematic treatment of the fossil invertebrates and their living relatives. Emphasis on functional morphology, ontogeny, and paleoecology. Lectures, laboratory, field trips. Prerequisites: EENS 1120 or approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 3150 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

This course is designed to give students a general understanding of geographic information systems (GIS) and the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) ArcGIS software. The approach taken is detailed instruction in utilizing ArcGIS to solve problems in the earth and environmental sciences.  Co-requisites: EENS 3151. Credit hours: 3

EENS 3151 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory

Co-requisites: EENS 3150. Credit hours: 0

EENS 3170 – Geomorphology

The study of processes leading to landform creation and development in response to climate and tectonics. Overview of fundamental and applied activities undertaken by geomorphologists. Corequisites: Math 1210. Prerequisites: EENS 1110/1115. Credit hours: 3

EENS 3171 – Geomorphology Discussion

A discussion section to accompany EENS 3170/6170 Geomorphology.  Credit hours: 0

EENS 3270 – Sedimentation and Stratigraphy

Composition, primary textures, and structures of sediments in major sedimentary environments. Environmental interpretation of ancient sedimentary sequences. The basic principles utilized in interpretation of the stratigraphic column. The associated laboratory focuses primarily on methods of sedimentary analysis.  Mandatory field trip to Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas. Prerequisites: EENS 2110. Credit hours: 3

EENS 3410 – Structural Geology

Principles and mechanics of rock deformation, the evolution of geological structures, and the relations between structures and plate tectonics. Laboratory section focuses on geological problem solving. Field trip to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Prerequisites: EENS 1110/1115, 2110. Credit hours: 3. Website: Structural Geology

EENS 3550 – Shark Paleobiology

This course examines the processes and patterns of shark speciation, diversification, macroevolution, and extinction within the framework of developing a problem-based learning activity using shark teeth for a K-12 classroom. Particular emphasis is placed on the systematics and functional morphology of shark teeth. Prerequisites: EBIO 1010, EENS 1120/1125, EBIO 3500, EENS 4090, or approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 3600 – The Science of Climate Change

This course emphasizes the scientific basis for anthropogenic climate change. Students will learn the physics behind the climate system, how climate has changed in the past and reasons why contemporary climate change is different, the scientific basis for anthropogenic climate change theory and how scientists use models to predict future climate. The course will also provide an overview of the physical, ecological, biological, social and economic impacts of climate change. Finally, students will examine various mitigation and adaptation strategies which society can employ in a warmer world. Credit hours: 3

EENS 3650 – Marine Environmental Geology

This course is an introduction to the aspects of coastal and marine geology and oceanography that are societally linked through environmental issues and marine resource availability. This will provide a basic science introduction to topics that include estuarine oceanography and sedimentation, eutrophication of coastal waters, primary productivity and deep sea sedimentation, waves and tides, sea level history and the evolution of coastlines, and the geology of the Gulf coastal region. However, the larger goal of the course will be to focus on a series of societally relevant environmental issues with a marine geological connection either in causation or in mitigation/adaptation/solution strategies. These issues are divided broadly into topics relevant to land-ocean connectivity, natural hazards, global climate change, and local/regional anthropogenic effects. In addition to a critical analysis of global (marine) environmental issues, another goal will be to improve presentation skills, both oral and written. Credit hours: 3

EENS 3720 – Infrastructure of Sustainable Urban Environments

Selected elements of the urban physical infrastructure serve as starting points to illustrate concepts from underlying science fields. The central question is "What makes a sustainable city work?" Specifically, the course introduces and reinforces key concepts from physics, chemistry, microbiology and environmental science. The course is divided into four segments, each including a field trip to a site in the New Orleans area that will provide opportunities for experimental learning and first-hand observation of relevant physical phenomena. Credit hours: 3

EENS 3800 – Environmental Analysis Laboratory

Introduction to basic analytical techniques commonly used in environmental science, with a focus on aqueous and soil/sediment matrices. Includes determination of solids, alkalinity and hardness, adsorption isotherms, oxygen content, conductivity, as well as spectrometric and chromatographic techniques and soil metals analysis. Credit hours: 3

EENS 3890 – Service Learning

Service learning component to Earth and Environmental Sciences' courses. See Schedule of Classes each semester for offerings. 20 or 40 hours of public service with a CPS approved community partner. Credit hours: 1

EENS 3970 – Special Topics in Environmental Sciences

A special course taught by Tulane faculty or visiting faculty. The topic will be listed in the Schedule of Classes. Credit hours: 3

EENS 3980 – Environmental Field Study

The application of basic field methods to practical problems in environmental science. Students typically complete this course at an approved summer field camp offered by another college or university. Students may pursue opportunities in groundwater hydrology, oceanography, remote sensing, environmental field methods, or environmental internships. Prerequisites: EENS 3270, approval of undergraduate advisor before enrollment. Credit hours: 4-6

EENS 3990 – Field Geology

The application of basic field methods to practical problems in field geology, including the construction of geological maps. Students typically complete this course at an approved summer field camp offered by another college or university. Prerequisites: EENS 2120, 3270, 3410 and approval of undergraduate advisor before enrollment. Credit hours: 3- 6. Website: Field Geology

EENS 4010 - Surface Processes and Landscape Evolution

This course explores the processes that shape landscapes. The course is focused around a mandatory week-long field trip during spring break in which data are collected to quantify and understand the evolution of the field site. Lectures review the required theory and methods necessary for the field trip and data analysis post-trip. Grades are based on projects, presentations, written papers, and discussions. Knowledge of GIS is required.

EENS 4020 – Geostatistics

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of basic statistical techniques, including univariate, multivariate and non-parametric statistics, as applied in the earth and environmental sciences. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4030 – Advanced GIS

This course is designed to advance student's knowledge in the rapidly developing field of Geographic Information Science and Systems (GIS).  This course is built on the techniques learned in the Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course (EENS 3150/6150) by exposing the student to more advanced methods in developing and utilizing GIS data.  Students will gain skills and knowledge of design, planning, and error within GIS data management, analytical decision making techniques, and advanced spatial analysis.  Students will gain deep understanding of the potential value of GIS through lectures, exercises of the latest versions of ArcGIS software, and research projects in a broad range of application. Prerequisites: EENS 3150/6150 and/or instructor's approval. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4040 – Coastal Marine Geology

Geomorphic features of estuarine, coastal, and continental shelf environments: erosional, depositional, and geochemical processes; field and laboratory methods; emphasis on dynamic coastal environments of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Prerequisites: EENS 1110/1115, 1120/1125, and CHEM 1070, 1080. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4060 – Tectonic Geomorphology

The interplay between tectonic processes and the development and modification of landforms, from the scale of earthquake ruptures to mountain building. The course will also include an overview of techniques for analyzing tectonic and geomorphic data, and an introduction to geochronology and thermochronology. Lecture and seminar format; field trip; optional service learning component.  Prerequisites: Recommended prior knowledge of structural geology and geomorphology.  Credit hours: 3

EENS 4160 – Construction and Interpretation of 3D Stratigraphy

Construction and Interpretation of 3D Stratigraphy From Earth surface to subsurface, this course uses three-dimensional volumes of basin-filling stratigraphy to explore how depositional landscapes are preserved in the sedimentary record and how sedimentary deposits can be analyzed to produce quantitative reconstructions of past environmental states. Prerequisites: EENS 3270. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4180 - Introduction to Remote Sensing

Remote sensing is a rapidly evolving science and technology with numerous contributions to the Earth, environmental, and ocean sciences, such as monitoring of natural hazards including droughts, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and forest fires. This course introduces the students to the principles of remote sensing with its wide applications in the Earth and environmental sciences. Fundamental knowledge is offered on the physics of remote sensing, photogrammetry, remote sensing data acquisition, remote sensing data types (multispectral, hyperspectral, RADAR, and LiDAR), and numerous applications. The course consists of two components: lectures and labs. In the lectures, the above topics will be reviewed and explained. The laboratory part of this course will cover digital image processing and analysis techniques using ENVI software. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4230 – Tectonics

Tectonics encompasses the processes of large-scale deformation and the formation of structures that define, or are association with, Earth's tectonic plate boundaries. The course will include the historical development and testing of plate tectonic hypotheses, as well as a detailed overview of plate tectonics as a current unifying theory. Lecture format, but will include a limited number of discussions of published papers; field trip component is not graded, but participation is expected. Prerequisites: EENS 3410. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4240 - Advanced Oceanography

A broad survey of biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanography with a brief historical overview and consideration of current concepts. There will also be an examination of biogeochemical relationships at macroscales, mesoscales, and microscales in the ocean. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4250 – Isotopes in the Environment

The use of stable and radioactive isotopes as tools to trace the movement of air, water, and sediments through the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4060 - Paleoclimatology

Understanding past climate change is necessary to effectively predict the future of our planet, which is currently in a state of rapid transition. The main focus of the course is on the reconstruction and modeling of climates of the Quaternary, the past two million years of Earth's history.  Prerequisites: Approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4270 – Major World River Systems

Major rivers are important environmental features on Earth's surface in terms of their impact on humans and their vulnerability to negative impact by human activities. This course will explore natural river and watershed processes and how humans affect and are affected by these processes. Case studies from across the world will be explored.  Prerequisites: EENS 3170 or approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4280 - Stable Isotope Geochemistry

Students will learn about the distributions, exchange mechanisms, and fractionation factors of light isotopes (H, C, N, O, S) in the environment.  Students will learn about measurement techniques and experimental design employing the powerful tool of stable isotope geochemistry and they will participate in an investigatory research project involving measuring isotope ratios.  Credit hours: 3

EENS 4320 – Subsurface Geology

Principles of subsurface mapping with emphasis on 3-dimensional seismic reflection data. Utilization of geophysical data to construct subsurface maps. Students gain hands on experience with Seismic Micro-Technology's state-of-the-art software, The Kingdom Suite, in work-station based laboratory sessions. Lectures and laboratory.  Prerequisites: EENS 3270, 3410, and approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4340 – The Earth

Earth as seen in the light of solid-earth geophysics: age and origin; seismology and structure of the interior; gravity, geodesy, and the geoid; heat budget; generation of the magnetic field and paleomagnetism; and geophysical constraints on plate tectonics. Lectures.  Prerequisites: MATH 1210 and 1220, or equivalent, PHYS 1210 and 1220 or 1310 and 1320, and approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4350 – Geologic Dating Methods

In this course the student will explore the development of methods used to date and establish rates of Earth and planetary processes via radiogenic isotopic methods. Students will come away with deeper understanding of age of the Universe, Solar system, and Earth and understand how radiogenic isotopic techniques can be used to study, for example, differentiation of the earth into its major components (crust, mantle, core). Credit hours: 3

EENS 4360 - Environmental Geochemistry

Quantitative examination of the fundamental processes that control the chemistry of natural waters. Topics will include equilibrium thermodynamics, kinetics, oxidation-reduction reactions , solution and surface complexation (adsorption), chemical weathering and biogeochemical cycling of chemical elements in the environment.  Prerequisites: CHEM 1070, 1080; MATH 1210, 1220; EENS 2110 or equivalent. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4440 – Introduction to Geophysics

This course provides an introduction to applied geophysical methods, with a focus on the application of these techniques in environmental and engineering studies.   The material will provide the technical foundation needed to understand the commonly used geophysical methods: gravity, magnetics, electrical resistivity, seismic, electromagnetics, and ground penetrating radar. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4560 - Internship Studies

Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing. An experimental learning process coupled with pertinent academic coursework and supervision. Registration is completed in the department office. Notes: Only one internship may be completed per semester. A maximum of six credits may be earned in one or two courses. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor and department. Credit hours: 0-4

EENS 4570 – Internship Studies

Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing. An experimental learning process coupled with pertinent academic coursework and supervision. Registration is completed in the department office. Notes: Only one internship may be completed per semester. A maximum of six credits may be earned in one or two courses. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor and department. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4680 – Volcanology

The study of volcanoes including volcanic landforms, eruptive mechanisms, and tectonic environments.  Prerequisites: Approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4800 – Air Pollution Fundamentals and Modeling

Provides both a conceptual and qualitative understanding of meteorology with major emphasis on air pollution.  Overview of major air pollutants, including their sources, sinks, transformation, effects and related control technologies.  Exploration of the meteorological basis for pollutant dispersion/transport. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4820 – Soil and Water Pollution

An introduction to soil and water pollution, as well as environmental modeling, contaminant fate and transport, and physiocochemical processes that affect contaminant bioavailability. Students should have completed a minimum of one year of introductory chemistry prior to enrolling in this course. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4840 - Solid Earth and Planetary Geophysics

The interior structure, composition, and dynamics of Earth and the terrestrial planets can be deduced from a number of different physical, chemical, and thermodynamic observations and models. Topics include: Early bombardment and formation of proto-planetary discs, core formation, Earth's composition and age from radioactivity and thermal considerations, thermal and density structure, geomagnetic dynamo, mantle convection, and plate tectonics, and their absence on other terrestrial planets. Special topics for in-class seminars will explore the methodologies used to determine the internal structure (e.g., seismology, gravity), and the dynamics of systems (e.g., geomagnetism, plate tectonics, the water and carbon cycle). Assessment: 2 in-class quizzes, 5 problem sets, 2 class presentations, and a final critical review of 2 linked research papers on a special topic to be assigned in class. Pre-requisites: Calculus and Physical Geology, or equivalent. Credit hours: 3

EENS 4910 – Independent Studies

Credit hours: 1-3

EENS 4920 – Independent Studies

Credit hours: 3



top ⇑Honors Courses

EENS H4910 - Independent Studies

Individual studies in a selected discipline. Open to juniors and seniors in Tulane's Honors Program with approval of the instructor. Notes: This course can be used to fulfill the capstone requirement of the Geology or Environmental Science Major. In this case students must co-register for EENS 511 (0 credit). Credit hours: 3

EENS H4920 – Independent Studies

Individual studies in a selected discipline. Open to juniors and seniors in Tulane's Honors Program with approval of the instructor. Notes: This course can be used to fulfill the capstone requirement of the Geology or Environmental Science Major. In this case students must co-register for EENS 511 (0 credit). Credit hours: 3

EENS H4990 - Honors Thesis

Open to seniors in the Tulane Honors Program. Culminating in a defended thesis based on substantial independent research overseen by a faculty advisor. Credit hours: 3

EENS H5000 – Honors Thesis

Open to seniors in the Tulane Honors Program. Culminating in a defended thesis based on substantial independent research overseen by a faculty advisor. Credit hours: 3

 

top ⇑Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

EENS 6030 – Advanced GIS

Open to seniors in the Tulane Honors Program. Culminating in a defended thesis based on substantial independent research overseen by a faculty advisor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6040 – Coastal Marine Geology

Geomorphic features of estuarine, coastal, and continental shelf environments: erosional, depositional, and geochemical processes; field and laboratory methods; emphasis on dynamic coastal environments of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Prerequisites: EENS 1110/1115, 1120/1125, and CHEM 1070, 1080. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6050 – Natural Disasters

An examination of the causes and effects of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, subsidence, coastal erosion, flooding, severe weather (including hurricanes), and meteorite impacts. Also includes a discussion of options available to mitigate disasters. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6060 – Tectonic Geomorphology

The interplay between tectonic processes and the development and modification of landforms, from scale of earthquake ruptures to mountain building. The course will also include an overview of techniques for analyzing tectonic and geomorphic data, and an introduction to geochronology and thermochronology. Lecture and seminar format; mandatory field trip; optional service learning component.  Prerequisites: Recommended prior knowledge of structural geology and geomorphology. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6070 – Independent Research

Topical and timely course, typically in a seminar format in which students lead discussions based on current scientific literature. The topics will be listed on a semester-by-semester basis in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor. Credit hours: 1-3

EENS 6080 - Special Topics

Special course taught by Tulane faculty or visiting faculty. The topics will be listed in the Schedule of Classes. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6090 – Invertebrate Paleontology

Principles of invertebrate paleontology; a systematic treatment of the fossil invertebrates and their living relatives. Emphasis on functional morphology, ontogeny, and paleoecology. Lectures, laboratory, field trip.  Prerequisites: EENS 1120 or approval of instructor.  Credit hours: 3

EENS 6130 - Principles of Paleobiology

Selected topics on macroevolutionary theories; phylogeny and the fossil records of metazoans; Major events in the history of life; Patterns of biodiversity through geological time; Taphonomy; Paleoecology. Prerequisites: EBIO 1010, EENS 1120/1140, EENS 6090, or approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6140 –Igneous Petrology

An in-depth study of the origins of igneous rocks from the standpoint of experimental investigations, thermodynamics, trace elements, radiogenic isotopes, and field investigations. Includes a laboratory. Prerequisites: EENS 2120 and approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6160 – Construction and Interpretation of 3D Stratigraphy

Study of the geomorphological, sedimentological, and stratigraphic responses of rivers to tectonics, climate, and sea-level changes. Discussion of recent scientific literature on river changes and associated stratigraphic records over time scales of 1 to millions of years. Formerly Fluvial Responses to Allogenic Controls. Prerequisites: EENS 3170 or EENS 3270 and approval of instructor.  Credit hours: 3

EENS 6170 – Geomorphology

The study of processes leading to landform creation and development in response to climate and tectonics. Overview of fundamental and applied activities undertaken by geomorphologists. Co-requisites: Math 1210 Prerequisites: EENS 1110/1115. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6171 - Geomorphology Discussion

A discussion section to accompany EENS 3170/6170, Geomorphology. Credit hours: 0

EENS 6190 - Marine Geology

Survey of marine plate boundaries, ocean floor morphology, and paleooceanology and sedimentary history of the ocean basins and their margins. Prerequisites: EENS 1110/1130 or 1210. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6210 – Global Biogeochemical Cycles (3)

An introduction to the global biogeochemical cycles in fresh water, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems. Emphasis will be placed on key environmental issues as they relate to perturbations of these global cycles. Prerequisites: CHEM 2410, 2430. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6230 - Tectonics

Tectonics encompasses the processes of large-scale deformation and the formation of structures that define, or are association with, Earth's tectonic plate boundaries. The course will include the historical development and testing of plate tectonic hypotheses, as well as a detailed overview of plate tectonics as a current unifying theory. Lecture format, but will include a limited number of discussions of published papers; field trip component is not graded, but participation is expected. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6240 – Advanced Oceanography

A broad survey of biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanography with a brief historical overview and consideration of current concepts. There will also be an examination of biogeochemical relationships at macroscales, mesoscales, and microscales in the ocean. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6250 – Isotopes in the Environment

The use of stable and radioactive isotopes as tools to trace the movement of air, water, and sediments through the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6260 – Paleoclimatology

Understanding past climate change is necessary to effectively predict the future of our planet, which is currently in a state of rapid transition. The main focus of the course is on the reconstruction and modeling of climates of the Quaternary, the past two million years of Earth's history. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6270 – Major World River Systems

Major rivers are important environmental features on Earth's surface in terms of their impact on humans and their vulnerability to negative impact by human activities. This course will explore natural river and watershed processes and how humans affect and are affected by these processes. Case studies from across the world will be explored.  Prerequisites: EENS 3170 or approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6280 – Stable Isotope Geochemistry

Students will learn about the distributions, exchange mechanisms, and fractionation factors of light isotopes (H, C, N, O, S) in the environment. Students will learn about measurement techniques and experimental design employing the powerful tool of stable isotope geochemistry and they will participate in an investigatory research project involving measuring isotope ratios. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6290 – Sedimentary Geochemistry

Quantitative aspects of early sediment diagenesis. The topics examined include: sediment deposition, resuspension, bioturbation and accumulation; redox reactions; diffusion and desorption of dissolved species; and organic matter decomposition and storage. These basic concepts will be used to examine early diagenesis in a range of sedimentary environments. Prerequisites: EENS 3270 or approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6300 - Groundwater Hydrology

Occurrence of water in the near-surface environment. Topics include saturated and unsaturated flow in aquifers, aquifer characterization, well hydraulics, and groundwater chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 1070, 1080, MATH 1210, 1220, or equivalent. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6310 – Depositional Mechanics

This course emphasizes a quantitative description of the mechanics of sediment transport in steady and unsteady flows based on hydrodynamic principles. Aspects of flow and sediment-transport mechanics that are relevant to understanding the construction of landscapes and depositional systems including modes of particle entrainment and motion in turbulent shear flows will be considered. The course includes consideration of the equations of motion for particles in a turbulent flow, entrainment, bedload, and suspended load in addition to the mechanics of bedforms, ripples, and dunes, parameters responsible for channelization, erosion, and deposition of cohesive and non-cohesive sediments, and the mechanics of sediment gravity flows. Finally, quantitative methods relating properties of stratigraphy to paleo-environmental conditions are considered. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6320 – Subsurface Geology

Principles of subsurface mapping with emphasis on 3-dimensional seismic reflection data. Utilization of geophysical data to construct subsurface maps. Students gain hands on experience with Seismic Micro-Technology's state-of-the-art software, The Kingdom Suite, in work-station based laboratory sessions. Lectures and laboratory. Prerequisites: EENS 3270, 3410, and approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6340 – The Earth

Earth as seen in the light of solid-earth geophysics: age and origin; seismology and structure of the interior; gravity, geodesy, and the geoid; heat budget; generation of the magnetic field and paleomagnetism; and geophysical constraints on plate tectonics. Lectures. Prerequisites: MATH 1210 and 1220, or equivalent, PHYS 1210 and 1220 or 1310 and 1320, and approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6350 – Geologic Dating Methods

In this course the student will explore the development of methods used to date and establish rates of Earth and planetary processes via radiogenic isotopic methods. Students will come away with deeper understanding of age of the Universe, Solar system, and Earth and understand how radiogenic isotopic techniques can be used to study, for example, differentiation of the earth into its major components (crust, mantle, core). Credit hours: 3

EENS 6360 - Environmental Geochemistry

Quantitative examination of the fundamental processes that control the chemistry of natural waters. Topics will include equilibrium thermodynamics, kinetics, oxidation-reduction reactions, solution and surface complexation (adsorption), chemical weathering and biogeochemical cycling of chemical elements in the environment. Prerequisites: CHEM 1070, 1080; MATH 1210, 1220; EENS 2110 or equivalent. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6400 – The Scientific Enterprise

Scientific research has evolved into a complex activity that requires numerous skills which are typically not captured by traditional curricula. This course covers such topics as science funding, publishing, misconduct, media, and politics, and is specifically intended for (aspiring) graduate students. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6410 – Structural Geology

Principles and mechanics of rock deformation, the evolution of geological structures, and the relations between structures and plate tectonics. Laboratory section focuses on geological problem solving. Field trip to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Prerequisites: EENS 1110/1115, 2110 and approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6440 – Introduction to Geophysics

This course provides an introduction to applied geophysical methods, with a focus on the application of these techniques in environmental and engineering studies.   The material will provide the technical foundation needed to understand the commonly used geophysical methods: gravity, magnetics, electrical resistivity, seismic, electromagnetics, and ground penetrating radar.

EENS 6510 - Micropaleontology

The foraminifera, ostracoda, nannofossils, conodonts and other groups of microfossils. Lectures and laboratory.  Prerequisites: EENS 6090, EENS 4090 or elementary biology.  Credit hours: 3

EENS 6550 - Shark Paleobiology

This course examines the processes and patterns of shark speciation, diversification, macroevolution, and extinction within the framework of developing a problem-based learning activity using shark teeth for a K-12 classroom. Particular emphasis is placed on the systematics and functional morphology of shark teeth.  Prerequisites: EBIO 1010, EENS 1120/1125, EBIO 3500, EENS 4090, or approval of instructor. Credit hours: 4

EENS 6680 – Volcanology

The study of volcanoes including volcanic landforms, eruptive mechanisms, and tectonic environments. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6690 - Biochemistry of Estuaries

Physico-chemical and biological aspects of the zone interfacing fresh water and marine environments. Emphasis will be place on the biogeochemical cycles of this highly dynamic ecosystem. Field trips to estuarine regions along the Gulf Coast. Prerequisites: CHEM 2420 and MATH 1220 or 1310. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6800 – Air Pollution Fundamentals and Modeling

This course presents fundamental concepts associated with air pollution, its modeling and its control. The course discusses major air pollutants and their effects and provides insight into the meteorological basis for pollutant dispersion. IN a core portion, pollutant transport and dispersion modeling are introduced and students gain hands-on experience conducting their own air dispersion modeling with state-of-the-art software. Finally major types if control devices are discussed with regard to their scientific basis and operating principles. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6820 – Soil and Water Pollution

An introduction to soil and water pollution, as well as environmental modeling, contaminant fate and transport, and physicochemical processes that affect contaminant bioavailability. Students should have completed a minimum of one year of introductory chemistry prior to enrolling in this course. Credit hours: 3

EENS 6840 - Solid Earth and Planetary Geophysics

The interior structure, composition, and dynamics of Earth and the terrestrial planets can be deduced from a number of different physical, chemical, and thermodynamic observations and models. Topics include: Early bombardment and formation of proto-planetary discs, core formation, Earth's composition and age from radioactivity and thermal considerations, thermal and density structure, geomagnetic dynamo, mantle convection, and plate tectonics, and their absence on other terrestrial planets. Special topics for in-class seminars will explore the methodologies used to determine the internal structure (e.g., seismology, gravity), and the dynamics of systems (e.g., geomagnetism, plate tectonics, the water and carbon cycle). Assessment: 2 in-class quizzes, 5 problem sets, 2 class presentations, and a final critical review of 2 linked research papers on a special topic to be assigned in class. Pre-requisites: Calculus and Physical Geology, or equivalent. Credit hours: 3

Graduate Courses

EENS 7030 Seminar in Paleontology and/or Stratigraphy

Credit hours: 3

EENS 7040 – Seminar in Paleotology and/or Stratigraphy

Credit hours: 3

EENS 7100 – Seminar in Geology

Credit hours: 3

EENS 7150 – Advanced Topics in Sedimentary Geology

Credit hours: 3

EENS 7160 – Carbonate Petrology

Prerequisites: EENS 6180, 6200. Credit hours: 3

EENS 7200 – Introduction to Theoretical Geochemistry

Credit hours: 3

EENS 7230 – Paleoecology of Marine Invertebrates

Credit hours: 3

EENS 7240 – Studies in Stratigraphic Micropaleontology

Credit hours: 3

EENS 7500 – Advanced Field Geology

Credit hours: 3

EENS 7970 – Research in Paleontology

Credit hours: 1-9

EENS 7990 – Research in Geosciences

Credit hours: 1-9

EENS 9980 – Master's Research

Credit hours: 3

EENS 9990 – Dissertation Research


Credit hours: 3

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