New Courses

Geomicrobiology (MARN 4895 GSCI 4130) Fall 2016 – first time offered since 2012

MARN 4895 GSCI 4130 Geomicrobiology

Microbes have dominated life for most of Earth’s history, shaping our planet and
playing a key role in many of Earth’s processes. Microbial metabolism is at the
basis for the search for life beyond our planet…..

Lectures – Short Labs – Fieldtrip
Offered in Storrs and Avery Point

 

Course content: The Origin of Life, Microbial diversity and biogeochemistry,
Microbe-mineral interacVons, Element cycling, Banded iron formaVons,
Carbonate build-ups, Microbialites, Atmospheric record, Hydrothermal vents,
Astrobiology, Extreme environments, Thermodynamics, Fossil record, and
Methods in Geomicrobiology

Three credits; Lectures Tues/Thurs 12:15-1:45pm. Weekend Field trip in
October to Green Lake, NY, and Devonian Stromatolites, Lester Park, NY
For more information contact: Pieter Visscher (pieter.visscher@uconn.edu)

Geoscience Field Course Investigates the Sustainability of the Bahamas by Bri Diaz of CLAS

Geoscience Field Course Investigates the Sustainability of the Bahamas

By: Bri Diaz, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

February 22, 2016   Center For Integrative Geosciences, Physical Sciences

Thirteen undergraduate students and two graduate students in UConn’s geoscience program found themselves on the sunny Bahamian island of San Salvador this January. The trip was not part of a tropical vacation, but rather a new winter intersession course that investigated the impact of Hurricane Joaquin, a powerful Category 4 storm that ripped through the Bahamas in late September of 2015.

Offered through the Center for Integrative Geosciences, the two-week intensive field course used the hurricane and its aftermath to study geological and climate-related issues facing small island nations today. Students not only examined the island’s geology, culture, and ecosystem, but also the future environmental sustainability of the archipelago.

“When you hear about going to the Bahamas in January, you think, ‘Oh, this will be nice.’ But it was challenging,” says Sam Loeb ’16 (CLAS), a geosciences major and geographic information science minor who participated in the course. “We got to see completely different geological formations than what we normally see in Connecticut.”

“My honors research focuses on another Bahamian island, so it was really interesting for me to actually be there and experience the culture and geology,” says classmate Dana Yakabowskas ’16 (CLAS), an anthropology, geoscience, and geography triple major.

Student travel for this course was supported by gifts to the Nugget Fund in the Center for Integrative Geosciences.

(Link to full story in CLAS News here)

Professor and Head of the Center for Integrative Geosciences Lisa Park Boush (left), Dana Yakabowskas ’16 (CLAS) (top row, fourth from right) and Sam Loeb ’16 (CLAS) (top row, third from right) pose with classmates at North Point Beach in San Salvador, Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Park Boush)

Bahamas Education Abroad – Student Blog

Bahamas Education Abroad – Program News

13 undergraduate students, 2 graduate students participated in an Education Abroad trip to the Bahamas during Winter Intersession. The trip was led by Director Lisa Park Boush. The students’ blog is available here: www.uconngeoscience.blogspot.com

The trip was subsequently covered by CLAS in a story (link below).  Check out the slideshow of images and wonderful article about this important field study course.

“Geoscience Field Course Investigates the Sustainability of the Bahamas”
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Wintersession 2015-16

Winter Intersession 2015-16

wintersessionBahamas Field Course
GSCI 4999 (3 credits)

Learn about geology, geography, biology and sustainability in a natural laboratory!

This course will examine all aspects of this carbonate island systems, including its bedrock geology, hydrology, karst and cave systems, coral reefs, inland lakes, beach and coastal geomorphology, biology, archaeology, climate history and its future environmental sustainability. Students will learn about the impacts of sea level and climate change as well as human settlement on this small island.

  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.  M-F 9:00 – 12:15

  1. EARTH’S DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT (LABORATORY)

One credit. Prerequisite or co-requisite: 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.  M-F 1:00 – 4:15pm

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.