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Environmental Analysis part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
Humans have had a dramatic impact on the chemistry of the earth's environment. In this course, we study the chemistry of molecules in the air, water, and soil. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the ...

GEOL 1001 Physical Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Physical Geology examines the physical and chemical processes that operate within Earth's dynamic systems, including the tectonic system responsible for earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain-building, as well ...

Physical Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
A non-majors service course, ESC 111 is a survey of earth science topics from mineralogy to hydrology to climatology. The linked lab allows the students to actively explore topics in lecture in a hands-on way.

Principles of Environmental Geology part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
This course explores the nature, dynamics and human interactions with near-surface geologic environments including aquifers, watersheds, coastlines and wetlands. We will also explore how specific techniques, ...

Climatology part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
This course is designed to help students gain a scientific understanding of the physical aspects of Earth's climate system and the factors that influence climate change. We explore the global balance of energy ...

IB/AP Geography part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
IB/AP Geography is a survey course which integrates human and physical systems in a spatial perspective. The course addresses the physical world and the anthropogenic relationship through a complex systems approach ...

Modeling Earth and Environmental Systems part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
In this course, students will build and use models of climatic, hydrologic, geochemical, and human systems, explore the basic concepts of systems modeling, use models to test hypotheses, and find out about the ...

The Earth's Climate System part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
This course will be taught once per year. It provides an introduction to the climate system through lectures, labs, discussions and activities. It uses lecture and inquiry based activities to help students gain ...

Environmental Systems Theory part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
Course begins with an exploration of chaos and complex systems theory as an antidote to the equilibrium thinking most students have been taught. This includes the logistic model as a basic definition of chaos ...

Systems Modeling and Assessment for Policy part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
This course explores how scientific information can be used to inform policy decision‐making processes through the use of quantitative modeling techniques. Incorporates both hands‐on analysis and practice using ...

Biological Sciences 110: Organisms and Populations part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
Biological Sciences 110: Organisms and Populations is a foundational biology course that focuses on principles of genetics, evolution, and ecology, as well as the critical connections among them. Students actively ...

Oil, Water and Climate part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
Oil and water are two key strategic resources dominating the international scene. This class provides an overview of global distributions of oil and water resources and analyzes some of the social, economic, and ...

Conservation of Natural Resources part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
This course utilizes current literature seminar-style discussions and integrates the virtual world software SECOND LIFE into some of the content/presentations.

Biogeochemical Processes and Cycles part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
An investigation into the various biogeochemical cycles (C,N,P,S, and metals), the microorganisms and the chemical reactions that take place during theses cycles, the environments in which theses processes occur ...

Historical Geology part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database

Biological Discovery: Observation and Experimentation part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
This is a course for biology or general science majors that focuses on the primary and secondary scientific literature as a means to gain a deep understanding of the process of science and how we know what we know ...

Invertebrate Paleontology part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database

Soil Resources 153 part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
Introductory soil science course. Covers soil development and properties, land use, and management.

Natural Hazards and Disasters part of Cutting Edge:Online Teaching:Online Courses
This course provides a survey of earth sciences through an examination of natural hazards. Consumers, voters, and decision-makers need to understand the impact of these hazards, how the hazards are changing due to ...

Introduction to Environmental Science part of Cutting Edge:Online Teaching:Online Courses
This is our departmental service/intro general education course. The course introduces students to concepts and ideas related to environmental science, focusing on concepts such as biodiversity, carrying capacity, ...

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