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ESCI 100 Search in Earth Science 3
Examination of various topics, contemporary issues and problems in earth sciences. Three hours of lecture per week. Cannot be used to meet requirements for majors or minors in earth science. No credit given to students having take ESCI 100 or ESCI 101 with the same topic. Course may be repeated one time with a different topic. Irregular. Study Area IV

ESCI 101 Search in Earth Science with Laboratory 3
Examination of various topics, contemporary issues and problems in earth sciences. Two lectures and one, two-hour lab per week. Cannot be used to meet requirements for majors or minors in earth science. No credit given to students having taken ESCI 100 or ESCI 101 with the same topic. Course may be repeated one time with a different topic. Irregular. Study Area IV

ESCI 110 Introduction to the Earth 3
Prereq.: No more than 5 credits in Earth Science. Descriptive introduction to the astronomical, geological, and meteorological studies of the earth that allow an understanding of the earth as a physical environment. No credit given students with credit in ESCI 111. May not be applied to a major or minor in Earth Sciences. Study Area IV

ESCI 117 Introduction to the Solar System 3
Prereq.: MATH 099 or equivalent. An introductory course in descriptive astronomy focusing on the solar system, including coordinate systems, the Earth-Moon system, light and telescopes, and the structure of the solar system. No credit will be given to Physics or Earth Sciences majors or to students with credit for ESCI 178. Study Area IV

ESCI 118 Introduction to Stars and Galaxies 3
Prereq.: MATH 099 or equivalent. An introductory course in descriptive astronomy focusing on stars and galaxies, including stellar evolution, galaxies, and the origin and fate of the universe. No credit given to Physics or Earth Sciences majors or to students with credit for ESCI 179. Study Area IV

ESCI 121 Physical Geology 4
Investigation of the major features of the earth and its materials, and the interaction of the geologic processes active on the surface and in the interior of the earath. topics include volcanoes, rivers, glaciers, earthquakes, desert and coastal processes. Three lectures and one, three-hour lab per week. One or more field trips. CSUS Common Course. Study Area IV

ESCI 122 Historical Geology 4
Prereq.: ESCI 121. Earth history, emphasizing earth's changing geographic pattern through time, history and development of life, climates of past as revealed by study of stratified rocks of earth's crust. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Spring. Study Area IV

ESCI 129 Introduction to Meteorology 4
Prereq.: MATH 099 or placement exam. Introductory course dealing with atmospheric composition, structure, and basic motions. The nature of high and low pressure systems, severe weather, how the National Weather Service works. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Study Area IV

ESCI 178 Planetary Astronomy 4
Prereq.: MATH 101 or placement exam. Study of the members of the solar system, their motions, and compositions. Topics will include physical laws of motion and radiation, comparative planetology, the origin and structure of the solar system. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. No credit given to students with credit for ESCI 117. Fall. Study Area IV

ESCI 179 Stellar Astronomy 4
Prereq.: MATH 101 or placement exam. Study of stars as separate bodies and members of clusters and galaxies. Topics will include properties of stars, stellar evolution, galaxies, and cosmology. Emphasis will be placed on methods astronomers use to study stars. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. No credit given to students with credit for ESCI 118. Spring. Study Area IV

200s

ESCI 221 Mineralogy 4
Prereq.: ESCI 121 and CHEM 161 and CHEM 162 Study of minerals, their formation, occurrence, properties, composition, and classification. Topics include crystal chemistry, internal crystal structures. optical and other physical properties, identification of crystal forms and mineral specimens, and an introduction to petrology. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. One or more one-day field trips. Fall. (O)

ESCI 223 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology 4
Prereq.: ESCI 122. Study of the processes and patterns of sedimentation as well as the spatial and temporal distribution of strata. Both ancient and modern depositional environments will be investigated. Three, one-hour lectures; one, three-hour lab; and one or more one-day field trips. Spring. (E)

ESCI 278 Observational Astronomy 4
Theory and practice of observational astronomy. Topics include solar and lunar observation, naked eye observation, and coordinate systems, telescope usage and design. Two lectures and two two-hour labs per week. Fall. Study Area IV

ESCI 290 Field Methods in Geology 2
Prereq.: ESCI 122. Methods and equipment used in field geology, including use of a Brunton compass, outcrop description and sketching, basic mapping techniques, sampling methods, notebook maintenance, use of global positioning system (GPS) technology, geologic maps and cross sections, field safety, and report writing. One, tree-hour lab per week. Lab sessions will typically involve outdoor activities. Two or more half-day field trips required. NOTE: Required of all sophomore majors in Earth Science Geology specialization. Fall.

300s

ESCI 321 Structural Geology 4
Prereq: ESCI 122 and ESCI 221. Study of the geometry and origin or rock structures that are products of earth deformation. These include folds and faults, as well as microstructures. Emphasis will be placed on recognition and interpretation of structures through field and laboratory studies. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. One or more one-day field trips are required. Fall. (O)

ESCI 322 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4
Prereq: ESCI 122 and ESCI 221. Study of igneous and metamorphic processes and environmentals of formation. Application of chemical principles to the origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Identification and petrographic analysis of rocks will be emphasized in the laboratory. One or more one-day field trips. Spring. (O)

ESCI 330 Astrophysics 3
Prereq.: MATH 221, and PHYS 122 or PHYS 126; or permission of instructor. Overview of astrophysical concepts, including electromagnetic radiation, stellar structure and evolution, binary systems, galactic rotation and evolution and cosmology. Spring. (E)

ESCI 335 Physical Oceanography 3
Prereq.: CHEM 161 and 162, and PHYS 121. Introduction to physical properties and chemical composition of seawater, ocean currents and ocean circulation, and the physical characteristics of the seafloor. Also covered is the interrelationship of the ocean with atmospheric circulation and world climate. Three lectures per week. Spring. (O) [GR]

ESCI 360 Research Methods in the Earth Sciences 1
Prereq.: Junior standing and Earth Science major. Investigation of the process of research, from the scientific method through writing a scientific proposal. Research results presented by written report, oral or poster presentation. Spring.

ESCI 378 Comparative Planetology 3
Prereq.: ESCI 121 or ESCI 178. Study of the different natures of planets and large satellites of the solar system with the goal of better understanding the origin and history of the earth. Spring. (E)

400s

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ESCI 424 Geomorphology 4
Prereq.: ESCI 121; for graduate students permission of department chair. Scientific study of landforms on the earth's surface. A systematic analysis of a wide variety of landforms, with an emphasis on the processes that form them. Tectonic and climate controls of geomorphic systems are considered as are the impacts of human activities. Three, one-hour lectures, and one three-hour laboratory per week. One or more one-day field trips. Fall. (O) [GR]

ESCI 425 Glacial and Quaternary Geology 3
Prereq.: ESCI 121. Examination of the role of glaciers in Earth's climate system with a focus on the Quaternary period; the mechanics of glaciers and their role in large-scale geomorphic change; and the characteristics of the Pleistocene glacial deposits of southern New England. One or more one-day field trips. Spring. (O)

ESCI 431 Introduction to Hydrogeology 4
Prereq.: ESCI 121, MATH 152 and CHEM 161 and 162; or permission of department chair. Overview of hydrologic and hydrological factors controlling the occurrences and dynamics of groundwater. Groundwater chemistry, quality, and contamination will also be covered. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. One or one-day field trips. Spring. (O) [GR]

ESCI 442 Weather Analysis and Forecasting 4
Prereq.: ESCI 462 and MATH 152 or permission of instructor. Basics of analysis and forecasting. National Weather Service (NWS) codes and interpretation, graphical analysis techniques, NWS facsimile products, applications of thickness and thermal wind equations, thermodynamic diagrams and their usefulness, cross-sectional analysis, tilt of pressure systems, quasi-geostrophic theory, performance characteristics of NWS prediction models. Three lecture hours and a three-hour laboratory per week. Fall. (O) [GR]

ESCI 450 Environmental Geology 3
Prereq.: ESCI 121 or permission of instructor. Geological factors that control or affect human habitat avoiding, or compensating for geological hazards. Applied geology from an environmental perspective that focuses on interactions between humans and Earth surface precesses. Study of natural hazards such as river flooding, landslides and debris flows, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, coastal hazards. Surface and ground water use and pollution are also covered. Fall. (E) [GR]

ESCI 452 Independent Study in Earth Science 1 TO 4
Prereq.: Approved plan of study on arrangement with supervising instructor and approval of department chair. Special work in laboratory, theory, or research to meet individual requirements in areas not covered by regular curriculum. May be taken more than one semester up to 6 credits. [GR]

ESCI 460 Senior Project 1 TO 3
Prereq.: ESCI 360, senior standing as an earth science major, and written permission of both project advisor and department chair. Investigation of a topic of current research interest as determined by the student in consultation with the faculty. Research technique, critical data evaluation, specialized knowledge, independence and originality are cultivated as the project develops. Written report and presentation are required. The Senior Project may span only one semester earning one to three credits, or two separate semesters for a maximum of six credits. Fall, Spring.

ESCI 461 Physical Meteorology 3
Prereq.: ESCI 129, PHYS 121 or 125 (may be taken concurrently), or permission of instructor. Examination of the physical basis of the earth's atmosphere. Structure, composition, gas laws, atmospheric thermodynamics and hydrostatics, atmospheric stability, solar radiation, and the energy budget of the earth. Three lecture hours per week. Fall. (E) [GR]

ESCI 462 Dynamic Meteorology 3
Prereq.: ESCI 461, MATH 126 or 221 (may be taken concurrently). Continuation of ESCI 461, with emphasis on dynamic processes of the earth's atmosphere. Equations of motion, geostrophic and gradient winds, thickness and thermal wind, circulation and vorticity, mechanism and influences of pressure changes. Three lecture hours per week. Spring. (O) [GR]

ESCI 478 Planetary Image Analysis 3
Prereq.: PHYS 126. Theory and application of image analysis to determine the geologic history of solar system objects from spacecraft datasets. Spring. (O)

ESCI 480 Internship in Earth Sciences 1 TO 3
Prereq.: Senior standing and permission of the student's advisor. Students serving in the program will serve as interns, obtaining outside industrial and/or research experiences in an environment directly related to their specialization. Internship[s may be in any area of astronomy, earth science, geology, meteorology, or planetary science. Projects will be supervised by one or more department members. Written report or poster presentation required. On demand.

ESCI 490 Topics in Earth Science 3-4
Selected studies in earth science which are not offered presently in the curriculum of the department. Course may be repeated with different topics. [GR]

500s

ESCI 518 Topics in Astronomy 3
Prereq.: Prior permission of instructor. Topics will vary each time course is offered. Combination of lecture, discussion, and student seminar presentations. May be taken more than once for credit under different topics.

ESCI 519 Topics in Geology 3
Prereq.: Prior permission of instructor. Topics will vary each time course is offered. Combination of lecture, discussion, and student seminar presentations. May be taken more than once for credit under different topics.

ESCI 598 Research in Earth Science 3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.S. program in Natural Sciences, and 15 credits in planned program of Earth Science, and permission of instructor. Course on theory and practice of conducting research in astronomy, geology, meteorology. Includes study of professional literature, evaluation of data-gathering techniques. Application of statistical methods to data; formation of multiple working hypotheses and verification of hypotheses. Classic problems in earth sciences are studied. On demand.

ESCI 599 Thesis 3
Prereq.: ESCI 598, permission of the thesis advisor and a 3.00 overall GPA. Preparation of the thesis under the supervision of the thesis advisor.

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