New Course Names and Catalog Descriptions for Introductory GSCI Courses

NEW COURSE NAMES AND CATALOG DESCRIPTIONS FOR INTRODUCTORY GSCI COURSES

Approved by University Senate on April 13, 2015

Note:  These changes were not approved in time for registration for Fall 2015, but will almost certainly be approved by the time of enrollment for Fall 2015.  They will be taught using the new titles below, though your transcript will reflect the old titles.

  1. Dinosaurs, Extinctions, and Environmental Catastrophes

Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1050, 1051, 1055, or 1070. Students who complete both GSCI 1010 and GSCI 1052 may request that GSCI 1010 be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course.

A reconstruction of the Mesozoic world of the dinosaurs based on paleontological and geological evidence. Past and present environmental catastrophes leading to mass extinctions and changes in biodiversity. Fundamental concepts of geology, stratigraphy, historical geology, and paleoclimatology. CA 3.

  1. Earth’s Dynamic Environment

Four credits. Three class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055, or 1070.

Origin and history of planet Earth, emphasizing how rock, air, water, and life interact at different scales to produce the earth’s crust, landforms, life systems, natural resources, catastrophes, and climatic regimes. Provides a scientific context for human-induced global change. A fee of $10 is charged for this course. CA 3-LAB.

 

  1. Earth’s Dynamic Environment (Lecture)

Three credits. Three class periods. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1050, 1055, or 1070. Students who complete both GSCI 1051 and 1052 may request that GSCI 1051 be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course.

Origin and history of planet Earth, emphasizing how rock, air, water, and life interact at different scales to produce the earth’s crust, landforms, life systems, natural resources, catastrophes, and climatic regimes. Provides a scientific context for human-induced global change. CA 3.

 

  1. Earth’s Dynamic Environment (Laboratory)

One credit. Prerequisite or corequisite: GSCI 1010 or GSCI 1051 or GSCI 1055 or GSCI 1070. Not open to students who have passed GSCI 1050. Students who complete both GSCI 1052 and one of GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055 or 1070 may request that the prerequisite be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course.

Laboratory complement to GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055, and 1070, . Provides an opportunity to work with specimens (minerals, fossils, rocks), terrain images, maps, physical models, and simulation experiments. Includes local field trips. A fee of $10 is charged for this course.

 

1055 Geoscience and the American Landscape

(Previously offered as SCI 1051).  Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Honors students. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1050, 1051, 1070. Students who complete both GSCI 1055 and GSCI 1052 may request that GSCI 1055 be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course.

An Honors Core course. Foundation course in geology linked to the American Landscape through readings from American history and literature. CA 3.

 

  1. Natural Disasters and Environmental Change

(Also offered as GEOG 1070.) Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1050, 1051, 1055. Students who complete both GSCI 1070 and GSCI 1052 may request that GSCI 1070 be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course.

Climate change, global warming, natural hazards, earth surface processes, and the impact these have on populations now and in the past. CA 3.