2012-14 Academic Catalog

Department of Earth Science

(College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences)

www.earth.uni.edu

The Department of Earth Science offers the following undergraduate programs. Specific requirements for these programs are listed within this Department of Earth Science section in the following order:

  • Undergraduate Majors (B.A.)
    • Earth Science
    • Earth Science-Teaching
  • Minors
    • Earth Science
    • Earth Science-Teaching

The Department of Earth Science encompasses five curricular disciplines: astronomy, meteorology, geology, earth science education and environmental science.

Major programs are offered in one baccalaureate area:

  • the Bachelor of Arts.

The B.A. degree in Earth Science is designed as a broad liberal arts major that can build a strong foundation for a variety of career plans. It also provides supportive background and additional career options as a second major for students majoring in other disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, technology, anthropology, geography, biology, chemistry or related areas. The B.A. degree in Earth Science-Teaching is designed to prepare secondary Earth Science teachers.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Programs

Earth Science Major

The Earth Science major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours.

Required
Mathematics:
MATH 1140 (800:046)Precalculus4
or MATH 1420 (800:060) Calculus I
Chemistry and Biochemistry:
CHEM 1110 (860:044)General Chemistry I4
Earth Science:
EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010)Astronomy *4
EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021)Elements of Weather3
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031)Introduction to Geology4
EARTHSCI 1320 (870:035)Earth History4
Physics:
PHYSICS 1511 (880:054)General Physics I4
or PHYSICS 1701 (880:130) Physics I for Science and Engineering
Electives in earth science: 100-level^ courses **18
Total Hours45

*

EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010) must be taken for four semester hours of credit.

**

100-level credits in earth science must include at least one course from each of astronomy, geology, and meteorology. In addition, at least 2 hours must be from either EARTHSCI 3410/5410 (870:137g), EARTHSCI 3179 (870:179) "Cooperative Education", EARTHSCI 4400 (870:180), EARTHSCI 3430 (870:195), or another appropriate experiential learning course approved by the student’s advisor and the department head.

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See course section for 4-digit numbers associated with these 100-level courses.


Earth Science Major-Teaching

The Earth Science-Teaching major requires a minimum of 120-121 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements, the Professional Education Requirements and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120-121 hours.

Required
Science and Science Education:
SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g)Orientation to Science Teaching3
SCI ED 4700/5700 (820:193g)Methods for Teaching Physical Science3
SCI ED 3200 (820:196)Current Technologies in Science Teaching2
Chemistry and Biochemistry:5-8
General Chemistry I
   and General Chemistry II
General Chemistry I-II
Earth Science:
EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010)Astronomy *4
EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021)Elements of Weather3
EARTHSCI 1210 (870:022)Elements of Weather Laboratory1
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031)Introduction to Geology4
EARTHSCI 1320 (870:035)Earth History4
EARTHSCI 3210/5210 (870:121g)Meteorology4
Physics:
PHYSICS 1511 (880:054)General Physics I4
PHYSICS 1512 (880:056)General Physics II4
Electives in earth science: 100-level courses ^,**6
Total Hours47-50

*

EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010) must be taken for four semester hours of credit.

**

Excluding the following Courses: EARTHSCI 3186/4186/5186 (870:186/870:186g) "Studies in", EARTHSCI 3420/5420 (870:189g), EARTHSCI 3430 (870:195), EARTHSCI 4198 (870:198) "Independent Study".

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See course descriptions for 4-digit numbers associated with these 100-level courses.


Minors

Earth Science Minor

Required
Courses in Earth Science20
Total Hours20

 

Earth Science Minor-Teaching

Required
Chemistry and Biochemistry:
CHEM 1110 (860:044)General Chemistry I4
Earth Science:
EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010)Astronomy *4
EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021)Elements of Weather3
EARTHSCI 1210 (870:022)Elements of Weather Laboratory1
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031)Introduction to Geology4
EARTHSCI 1320 (870:035)Earth History4
Physics:
PHYSICS 1511 (880:054)General Physics I4
Total Hours24

*

EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010) must be taken for four semester hours of credit.

Also required: a teaching major or minor in biology, chemistry, physics, or science.

Completion of this minor will satisfy the requirements of the Iowa Department of Education for Earth Science approval (effective October 1, 1988) only if the student has completed 30 semester hours in the broad area of science.


                                                

B.A. Degree - Earth Science Major (Major Code 870)

 

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts3EARTHSCI 1320 (870:035)4
CHEM 1110 (860:044)4COMM 1000 (48C:001)3
ENGLISH 1005 (620:005)3EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021)3
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031)4MATH 1140 (800:046)4
 14 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts3Astronomy Electives1-3
EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010)4Geology Electives1-4
PHYSICS 1511 (880:054) (or PHYSICS 1701)4Liberal Arts10-14
HPELS 1010 (440:010)3 
 14 12-21
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Geology Electives1-4Geology, Astronomy, and/or Meteorology Electives1-4
Astronomy Electives1-3University Electives10-12
Liberal Arts3Liberal Arts3
University Electives4-10 
EARTHSCI 3210/5210 (870:121g)4 
 13-24 14-19
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Geology, Astronomy, and/or Meteorology Electives1-4University Electives9-11
University Electives3-10Liberal Arts3
Liberal Arts3Geology, Astronomy, and/or Meteorology Electives1-4
Field Studies, Internship, or Research in Earth Science2 
 9-19 13-18
Total credit hours: 103-143

 

B.A. Degree - Earth Science-Teaching Major (Major Code 870)

 

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 1110 (860:044)4Liberal Arts9
ENGLISH 1005 (620:005)3CHEM 1120 (860:048)4
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031)4EARTHSCI 1320 (870:035)4
EDPSYCH 2017 (200:017)1COMM 1000 (48C:001)3
EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030)3 
 15 20
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts Core6Liberal Arts9
EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021)3EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010)3-4
EARTHSCI 1210 (870:022)1PHYSICS 1512 (880:056)4
PHYSICS 1511 (880:054)4 
SPED 3150 (220:150)2 
 16 16-17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts6100-Level Earth Science Electives3
EARTHSCI 3210/5210 (870:121g)4Liberal Arts3
EDPSYCH 3128 (200:128)1SCI ED 3200 (820:196)2
EDPSYCH 3148 (200:148)3SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g)3
MEASRES 3150 (250:150)2SOCFOUND 3119 (260:119)3
 16 14
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts6Student Teaching12
100-Level Earth Science Electives3 
SCI ED 4700/5700 (820:193g)3 
TEACHING 4170/5170 (280:170g)3 
 15 12
Total credit hours: 124-125

 

 

 

Courses

EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010). Astronomy — 3-4 hrs.

Introduction to the Universe, solar system, stars, and galaxies, including apparent motions of bodies in the sky; development of astronomy and its impact on humankind. Discussion, 3 periods; lab, 2 periods. Also offered as a 3-hour course without lab. Prerequisite(s): student must have satisfied university entrance requirements in English and Mathematics. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EARTHSCI 1110 (870:011). Astronomy Laboratory — 1 hr.

Exploration of astronomical phenomena through the use of telescopes, charts, almanacs, computer simulations, and other laboratory equipment. Students will gain experience in methods of observing the night sky and become familiar with celestial objects. Lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. Corequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010). (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021). Elements of Weather — 3 hrs.

Meteorological elements and their applications to environment; interpretation of weather maps and weather data; forecasting and briefing on daily weather. Discussion, 3 periods. No credit for those who have completed EARTHSCI 3210/5210 (870:121g). Prerequisite(s): student must have satisfied university entrance requirements in English and Mathematics. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EARTHSCI 1210 (870:022). Elements of Weather Laboratory — 1 hr.

Fundamentals of meteorological observation, use of basic meteorological instruments, and applications of maps and charts to understanding forecasts. Intended for science teaching majors and minors. Lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021). (Fall, Spring)

EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031). Introduction to Geology — 4 hrs.

Introduction to the physical environment, emphasizing materials of the Earth and processes that lead to changes within and on the Earth. Lab emphasis includes rocks and minerals, geologic processes, and landscape development. Discussion, 3 periods; lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): student must have satisfied university entrance requirements in English and Mathematics. (Fall, Spring)

EARTHSCI 1320 (870:035). Earth History — 4 hrs.

Methods and principles used in deciphering the 4.6 billion-year history of our planet; discussion of history and evolution of life on Earth and examination of major physical and plate-tectonic events through geologic time. Discussion, 3 periods; lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031) or equivalent. (Fall, Spring)

EARTHSCI 1410 (870:037). Field Studies in ____________ — 1-4 hrs.

Field studies in various areas of Earth Science: geology, oceanography, paleontology, meteorology, and astronomy. To be preceded by seminars on proposed study area. Student collection of data in the field and reports on their findings. May be repeated in different study area. Only 4 hours may be applied to the Earth Science minor. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. (Variable)

EARTHSCI 3100/5100 (870:109g). Fundamentals of Astronomy — 4 hrs.

Basic principles of astronomy intended primarily for inservice teachers. No credit for students with credit in EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010) or its equivalent. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; consent of department head. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EARTHSCI 3110/5110 (870:154g). Observational Astronomy — 2 hrs.

Use of astronomical instruments (telescopes, cameras, and digital cameras), along with observing aids (charts, catalogs, and ephemerides), for collection, analysis, and interpretation of astronomical data. Discussion, 1 period; lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010) (4 semester hours) or equivalent; junior standing. (Fall)

EARTHSCI 3120 (870:151). Planets — 2 hrs.

Examination of the Sun's family of planets, satellites, asteroids, and comets, including formation and evolution; processes currently at work in the Solar System; search for exoplanets. Discussion, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010) or equivalent. (Variable)

EARTHSCI 3130 (870:152). Stars — 2 hrs.

Study of structure and the evolution of stars; the Sun, protostars, red giants, white dwarfs, variable stars, supernovae, pulsars, and black holes. Discussion, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010) or equivalent. (Odd Springs)

EARTHSCI 3140 (870:153). Galaxies and Cosmology — 2 hrs.

Study of the Milky Way Galaxy and other galaxies. Examination of active galaxies and radio galaxies, galaxy clusters, quasars, and galactic black holes. Discussion of the structure, origin, evolution, and fate of the Universe. Discussion, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010) or equivalent. (Even Springs)

EARTHSCI 3196. Natural History Interpretation Colloquium — 1 hr.

Upon completion of the rest of the requirements of the Natural History Interpretation minor, enrollees refine and present an exemplary component of the portfolio - an interpretive display or program. Completed portfolio also submitted for evaluation. Prerequisite(s): LYHS 2551 (430:050) or LYHS 4554/5554 (430:146g) or LYHS 4776/5776 (430:170g); BIOL 4180/5180 (840:180g) or ANTH 3440/5440 (990:125g); BIOL 4184/5184 (840:184g). Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): BIOL 3179 (840:179) or EARTHSCI 3430 (870:195). (Same as BIOL 3196 (840:196))(Variable)

EARTHSCI 3200/5200 (870:111g). Fundamentals of Weather — 3 hrs.

Basic principles of meteorology intended primarily for inservice teachers. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; consent of department head. (Fall, Spring)

EARTHSCI 3210/5210 (870:121g). Meteorology — 4 hrs.

Topics of weather observation and prediction; physical basis of cloud formation; radiational heating and cooling; the Earth's energy budget; wind circulation; precipitation processes; storm systems; and maps and charts. Discussion, 3 periods; lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021); junior standing. (Fall)

EARTHSCI 3220/5220 (870:122g). Weather Analysis and Forecasting — 3 hrs.

Focus on middle latitude weather systems, principally those of the cold season. Topics include discussion of historical conceptions and models of extratropical cyclones, present understanding of these weather systems, and techniques of analysis and prediction. Important component is hands-on forecasting. Discussion/lab, 4 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 3210/5210 (870:121g); junior standing. (Odd Springs)

EARTHSCI 3230/5230 (870:123g). Air Quality — 4 hrs.

Topics from atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric chemistry, physical meteorology, and micrometeorology; atmospheric transport processes in time and space; local and regional concentrations of pollutants; implications of air pollution control strategies; numerical modeling techniques with application to air quality issues; field studies and remote sensing of atmospheric transport. Discussion, 4 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021); EARTHSCI 3210/5210 (870:121g); junior standing. (Even Springs)

EARTHSCI 3240/5240 (870:124g). Air Dispersion Modeling — 2 hrs.

Gaussian plume models; modeling point, area, volume and line sources of air pollution; dispersion models for air pollution regulation in the U. S. Discussion, 1 period; lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021); EARTHSCI 3210/5210 (870:121g); junior standing. (Odd Springs)

EARTHSCI 3250/5250 (870:177g). Measurement and Analysis of Air Quality — 2 hrs.

Collection and analysis of gases and particulates; olfactometry; remote sensing with lidar and sodar; determining compliance with air quality regulations; indoor air quality. Discussion, 1 period; lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021); junior standing. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): EARTHSCI 3210/5210 (870:121g). (Even Falls)

EARTHSCI 3300/5300 (870:128g). Fundamentals of Geology — 4 hrs.

Basic principles of physical geology intended primarily for inservice teachers. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; consent of department head. (Fall, Spring)

EARTHSCI 3305/5305 (870:115g). Volcanology — 3 hrs.

Origin, classification, eruptive mechanisms, and hazards of volcanoes, and related phenomena. Discussion, 2 periods; lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031) or equivalent; junior standing. (Odd Springs)

EARTHSCI 3310/5310 (870:129g). Structural Geology — 4 hrs.

Origins and mechanics of rock deformation. Plate tectonics and the deformation of Earth's crust. Field trip. Discussion, 2 periods; lab, 4 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031); EARTHSCI 1320 (870:035); junior standing. (Even Springs)

EARTHSCI 3315 (870:117). Earthquakes and Tsunamis — 2 hrs.

Study of the causes, measurements, prediction, and preparation for earthquakes and tsunamis and the effects of earthquakes and tsunamis on civilization. Discussion, 1 period; lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): Student must have satisfied university entrance requirements in English and Mathematics. (Variable)

EARTHSCI 3318 (870:130). Crystallography — 2 hrs.

Morphologic, structural, and x-ray crystallography. Laboratory exercises emphasize identification of unknown compounds, determination of space lattices, space groups, and cell parameters by x-ray diffraction. Discussion, 2 periods; lab, 6 periods (half-semester course). (Fall)

EARTHSCI 3319 (870:131). Systematic Mineralogy — 2 hrs.

Crystal chemistry, determinative methods, and systematic description of naturally-occurring compounds with emphasis on rock-forming minerals. Laboratory exercises emphasize determinative techniques. Discussion, 2 periods; lab, 6 periods (half-semester course). Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031). Corequisite(s): EARTHSCI 3318 (870:130) or consent of instructor. (Fall)

EARTHSCI 3320 (870:135). Optical Mineralogy-Petrography — 4 hrs.

Optical properties of minerals and use of the petrographic microscope with emphasis on identification of minerals in thin section. Introduction to the description and classification of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Discussion, 2 periods; lab, 6 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 3319 (870:131). (Spring)

EARTHSCI 3325/5325 (870:136g). Sedimentary Geology — 4 hrs.

Investigation of layered rocks, sedimentary processes, sedimentation, environments of deposition, correlation procedures, and classification and description of common sedimentary rocks. Field trips. Discussion, 2 periods; lab, 4 periods. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1320 (870:035). (Fall)

EARTHSCI 3328 (870:125). Fossils and Evolution — 4 hrs.

Topics in paleontology, including fossil preservation, systematics, functional morphology, paleoecology, paleobiogeography, and biostratigraphy, with special emphasis on mass extinctions and the role of paleontology in reconstructing evolutionary history. Laboratory studies of major groups of fossil invertebrates. Discussion, 3 periods; lab, 3 periods. (Spring)

EARTHSCI 3330/5330 (870:141g). Geomorphology — 3 hrs.

Classification, description, origin, and development of landforms and their relationship to underlying structure and lithology; emphasis on geomorphic processes. Includes fluvial, glacial, periglacial, eolian, karstic, weathering, and mass-movement processes and features. Discussion, 2 periods; labs and field trips, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031) or GEOG 1210 (970:026); junior standing. (Fall)

EARTHSCI 3335/5335 (870:142g). Igneous Petrology — 4 hrs.

Description, classification, and genesis of igneous rocks. Discussion, 2 periods; lab, 6 periods. Field trip. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 3320 (870:135); junior standing. (Even Falls)

EARTHSCI 3340/5340 (870:165g). Oceanography — 3 hrs.

Basic principles of geological, biological, chemical, and physical oceanography; emphasis on marine geology. Physiographic features of ocean basins, coastal features and processes, oceanic sediments, biological and geological resources, and ocean management. Discussion, 3 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031) or equivalent; junior standing. (Even Springs)

EARTHSCI 3345/5345 (870:171g). Environmental Geology — 3 hrs.

Recognition and remediation of natural and human induced geologic hazards. Analysis of issues or problems of local concern where possible. Discussion, 2 periods; lab and field trips, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031) or equivalent; junior standing. (Odd Falls)

EARTHSCI 3350/5350 (870:173g). Environmental Hydrology — 3 hrs.

Introduction to environmental aspects of watershed hydrology. Surface water hydrologic processes, pollution of surface water resources, surface water - ground water interactions, unsaturated zone hydrologic processes, movement of chemicals in soils, site characterization, and soil remediation techniques. Discussion, 3 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031); junior standing. (Even Springs)

EARTHSCI 3355/5355 (870:175g). Hydrogeology — 3 hrs.

Principles and applications of hydrogeology including study of runoff, stream flow, soil moisture, and ground water flow. Examination and analysis of ground water flow to wells, regional ground water flow, geology of ground water occurrence, water chemistry of ground water, water quality and ground water contamination, ground water development and management, field methods, and ground water models. Discussion, 3 periods. Prerequisite(s): EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031); junior standing. (Odd Springs)

EARTHSCI 3360/5360. Field and Laboratory Methods in Hydrology — 2 hrs.

Methods of data collection and error analysis associated with water in the geo-hydrologic systems. Develop skills in using hydrologic equipment, including ion chromatograph, water monitoring sondes, and well purging systems. Field trips; Discussion, 1 period; Lab, 2 periods. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; consent of instructor and department head. (Odd Falls)

EARTHSCI 3400/5400 (870:113g). Topics in Earth Science — 1-3 hrs.

Offered both on- and off-campus in flexible format. May include plate tectonics, geomagnetism, naked-eye astronomy, telescope usage, weather forecasting, or other topics of current interest. Topics listed in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated on different topic. Application to major requires consent of department head. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EARTHSCI 3410/5410 (870:137g). Field Studies in ____________ — 1-4 hrs.

Field studies in various areas of Earth Science including geology, oceanography, paleontology, meteorology, and astronomy. To be preceded by seminars on the proposed study area. Student collection of data in the field and reports on their findings. May be repeated in different study area. Only 4 hours may be applied to the Earth Science minor. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): an 870:1xx course appropriate to the specific field studies and approved by department head; junior standing; consent of instructor. (Variable)

EARTHSCI 3420/5420 (870:189g). Readings in Earth Science — 1-3 hrs.

Maximum of 3 hours may be applied to earth science or geology majors or minors. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; consent of instructor and department head. (Variable)

EARTHSCI 3430 (870:195). Internship — 1-6 hrs.

Supervised work experience in approved work situation. Offered on credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite(s): consent of department head. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EARTHSCI 3500 (870:181). Investigations in Earth and Space Sciences — 4 hrs.

Introduction to significant concepts and theories of earth science and a model of effective teaching strategies related to elementary school level. Topics include geologic materials and processes acting on them and fundamentals of earth history, weather, and astronomy. Discussion and/or lab, 5 periods plus arranged. Prerequisite(s): SCI ED 1100 (820:033). (Odd Springs)

EARTHSCI 4400 (870:180). Undergraduate Research in Earth Science — 1-3 hrs.

Research activities under direct supervision of Earth Science faculty member. Credit to be determined at registration. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor and department head. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

EARTHSCI 6297 (870:297). Practicum.

(Variable)

EARTHSCI 6299 (870:299). Research.

(Variable)

EARTHSCI 6400 (870:292). Research Methods in Earth Science — 3 hrs.

Methods and evaluation of research in the earth sciences. Individual exploration of possible research or thesis project. Discussion, 3 periods. (Variable)