Earth Science

EAR 105 - Earth Science/Honors

MySlice Info:

Term: Fall 2019
Class #: 21492
Section: M028
Credits: 3 (4 with required lab EAR 104)

Curewitz, Dan

Counts toward:
Dept Nat Sci

Course Time(s):
MWF 10:35 - 11:30 am


Course Description:

Honors Earth Science (EAR 105) is a lecture, laboratory, and field-based introduction to physical geology, earth processes, and the science of the earth system. The course begins with a discussion of how geologists study the earth with attention to the scientific method and the tools and techniques we use to conduct our work. A broad overview of plate tectonics (the “grand unified theory of the earth”) leads into detailed investigation of minerals and rocks, how they form, and how they relate to the history and composition of our solar system. We will explore earth’s internal compositional and mechanical layering, earthquakes, melting and volcanism, metamorphism, and deformation. Surface processes (weather and climate, oceans and atmosphere, deserts and glaciers, rivers and coasts) are discussed in terms of earth’s structure, history, and plate tectonic processes. All aspects of the earth system that we investigate inform urgent and immediate political and social debate, including global warming, energy and industry, food and water supply, and pollution. Throughout the course, and in particular as the course concludes, the intersection between earth sciences and geopolitics will be addressed from a scientific, data and measurement-oriented perspective, using both in-class and hands-on exercises.


Must also register for Honors lab EAR 104 M016.