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EES 104 - Dynamic Earth With Laboratory
Dynamic Earth With Laboratory
Prerequisite: None

Note: Not open to students who have completed EES 110.
Note: This course includes a mandatory laboratory that is equivalent to the stand alone laboratory EES 112.

NOTE: There is a $50 lab fee for this course.

Introduction to geology including common minerals and rocks forming Earth and serving as resources; Earth's interior; and processes affecting outer Earth and human beings, like volcanic and seismic activity, glaciation, and rivers. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 2.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
CSUS Common Course, GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, Lab, LAC - Natural Science With Lab, LAC T1NS-Natural Science

EES 106 - Geology of National Parks
Geology of National Parks
Prerequisite: None

Students will learn about earth processes and materials while exploring national parks and monuments. In this course you will gain an understanding of how plate tectonics and earth surface processes acted to make our national parks unique, beautiful, and/or important places. This course fulfills the Tier I LAC natural science requirement, and if taken in conjunction with EES 112 fulfills the LAC laboratory science requirement.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, LAC T1NS-Natural Science

EES 110 - Introduction To Geology
Introduction To Geology
Prerequisite: None

Note: Not open to students who have completed EES 104; EES majors should take EES 104.

Common minerals and rocks forming Earth and serving as resources; Earth's interior; and processes affecting outer Earth and human beings, like volcanic and seismic activity, glaciation, and rivers. Three hours lecture. Students may take EES 112 Earth Science Laboratory with this class.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
CSUS Common Course, GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, LAC T1NS-Natural Science

EES 112 - Earth Science Laboratory
Earth Science Laboratory
Co- or pre-requisite: EES 106, EES 110, EES 125, or EES 202
NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

This course will explore earth-forming minerals and rocks and earth-surface processes with hands-on laboratory exercises. This course must be taken in conjunction with one of the following: EES 106, EES 125, EES 202 or EES 220. Taking this course with one of the previously listed courses satisfies the LAC laboratory science requirement.

1.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
LAC - Natural Science With Lab, LAC T1NS-Natural Science

EES 125 - Geology Of Natural Resources
Geology of Natural Resources
Prerequisite: None

Geology is the science that pursues an understanding of the Earth, including the materials that make it up and the processes by which they form. This course uses basic physical geological principles to understand the origin, distribution, and use of the Earth's natural resources both now and into the future. These resources include metal and mineral deposits, energy, soil, rocks, and water.


3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences

EES 130 - Ancient Environments w/Lab
Ancient Environments With Laboratory
Prerequisite: EES 104, EES 106/112, EES 110/112, EES 125/112 EES 202/112, EES 220/221 or EES 220/112

The changing geological conditions and environments of earth over time. Aspects and techniques used to interpret earth history. Three hour lecture, three hour laboratory.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
Middle Level Writing Enhanced

EES 1XX - Env. Earth Science Elective
Env. Earth Science Elective
Prerequisite: Transfer Credit Evaluation Only



0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

EES 200 - Oceanography
Oceanography
Prerequisite: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student

Note: Credit not applicable to Biology major requirements.

Oceanography is the study of the world's oceans. The oceans provide humans with abundant food, jobs, and natural resources. They hold vast amounts of untapped energy that may someday be harnessed for human consumption. In addition, they control the major global climate belts and play a major role in buffering climate change. Governmental policies regarding oceans, from local to international, depend on a scientific understanding of how they work in order to insure that proper decisions are being made. This course examines the basic geological, chemical, biological, physical, and meteorological principles that govern the oceans, and emphasizes the importance of understanding these principles to societal needs. Topics focus on origin of ocean basins, ocean sediments, basic chemistry of seawater, physics of waves and currents, coastal processes, interactions between the atmosphere and oceans, ocean pollution, nutrient distribution, and basic ocean ecology.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

EES 202 - Geological Setting-Connecticut
Geological Setting Of Connecticut
Prerequisite: None

An exploration of the landscape and geologic features of Connecticut and environs. The development of the underlying rock, the influence of glaciation, and related resource aspects will be covered. Optional Laboratory EES 112

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences

EES 204 - Global Climate Change
Global Climate Change
Prerequisite: None

A study of the scientific data, physical theory, and computer models that scientists are using to predict rapid global warming during the current century. These predictions will be compared to previous climate history of the Earth. We will examine evidence that human activities, especially the emission of carbon dioxide through the burning of fossil fuels, is the dominant cause of current global climate change and that global warming will cause irreversible damage to natural ecosystems and will cause substantial economic and health damage to human populations. We will also evaluate proposals for decreasing the amount of global climate change and adapting to climate change.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, LAC T1NS-Natural Science

EES 205 - Sustainable Energy
Sustainable Energy and the Environment
Prerequisite: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student

An Introductory course that evaluates the environmental impacts of power generation based on fossil fuels and nuclear fission and describes alternatives to these technologies, including conservation, mass transit, electric and hybrid electric vehicles, passive solar energy, solar thermal systems, photovoltaic power systems, hydroelectric power, wind energy, tidal power, ocean thermal energy, biomass, fuel cells, hydrogen fuel systems, and nuclear fusion. The course evaluates the environmental, economic, and social issues related to the transition to sustainable energy systems.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IA-Inquiry and Analysis, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

EES 207 - Sustainable Energy Laboratory
Sustainable Energy Laboratory
Pre or Co-Requisite: EES 205 OR EES 305 Pre-req: LAC student with T1NS or GER student
NOTE: There is a $50.00 lab fee for this course.

An experiential introduction to energy and society issues through laboratory study of climate change, energy efficiency, and renewable energy systems. This one-credit laboratory must be taken in conjunction with EES 205/305 Sustainable Energy and the Environment. Lab activities will connect closely with the topics discussed in EES 205/305.

1.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
LAC - Natural Science With Lab, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

EES 208 - Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD)
Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting
Prerequisites: T1A or T1LT course

Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) introduces students to the industry-stardard AutoCAD. Students attain operational knowledge of the software while learning the methods and purposes of computer-aided drafting for communicating through graphic design. This introduction to design and visualization has a large emphasiis on computer hardware utilization and techniques necessary for generating graphics to represent information for completing anayses in areas of mapping, architecture, interior design, historical recreations, sustainable energy, engineering, land use and surveying, and the geosciences. Topics covered include the purpose of CAD as it relates to a broad range of applications and disciplines, terminology appropriate to designing graphics, importance of file management, 2D and 3D geometric, construction, creation of object and line weight libraries, scaling and tracing, sectioning, plotting to print, and assembly drawings that may be used as portfolio items.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T2CE-Creative Expression

EES 220 - Environmental Geology
Environmental Geology
Prerequisite: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student

Environmental geology is the application of geologic information to the entire spectrum of interactions between people and the physical environment. In this course we will develop an understanding of geology's role in major environmental problems facing people and society.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

EES 221 - Environmental Geology Lab
Environmental Geology Lab
Pre or Co-Requisites: EES 220 Pre-req: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student

Environmental geology is the application of geologic information to the entire spectrum of interactions between people and the physical environment. In this laboratory course we will explore geology's role in solving major environmental problems facing people and society while covering the basic principles of earth science.

1.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
LAC - Natural Science With Lab, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

EES 222 - Water And Society
Water and Society (PBH 222, PHR 222)
Prerequisite:LAC student with T1SS course or GER student

An introduction to water resources from a multidisciplinary perspective--historical, scientific, economic, social, political, and environmental. Foundational concepts and principles of water science, water management, and water policy will be covered. Inquiry and analysis skills will be used to investigate water resource issues of the 21st century.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IA-Inquiry and Analysis, LAC T2IS-Individual&Societies

EES 224 - Landform Analysis w/Laboratory
Landform Analysis With Laboratory
Prerequisite: EES 104, EES 106/112, EES 110/112, EES 125/112, EES 202/112, or EES 220/221

An examination of the origins and characteristics of continental landforms and associated geologic processes. Lectures examine approaches to geomorphology and the origin of selected landscapes associated with weathering, soils, slope processes, bedrockdissolution, and the action of rivers, glaciers and coastal processes. Laboratory emphasizes recognition, interpretation, and both qualitative and quantitative analysis of landforms on maps, in aerial photographs, utilizing computer programs, and through field trips. Three hors lecture, three hours laboratory.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
Middle Level Writing Enhanced

EES 230 - Natural Disasters
Scientific Dimensions Of Natural Disasters
Prerequisite: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student

Natural disasters occur where and when destructive atmospheric, hydrologic, geologic and/or human-induced processes negatively impact people. Most such disasters are associated with large infrequent events such as hurricanes, ice storms, earthquakes, floods (etc.). The risk of damage caused by these phenomena varies greatly depending upon the specific destructive process and the infrastructure and populations impacted. As such, natural disasters are complex interactions between natural processes and human response systems. This course focuses on analyzing risk associated with hazards and exploring the scientific basis for several types of natural disasters. Topics examined focus on specific hazardous conditions and disasters associated with violent weather, internal and external geologic processes, hydrologic phenomena, and selected human activities.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

EES 251 - Intro to EES in the Field
Introduction to Environmental Earth Science in the Field
Prerequisite or corequisite: EES 104, 106, 110, or 125. Open to students with a major or minor in EES, minor in Geomorphology, or Permission of Instructor. May be repeated up to 3 times for a maximun of 12 credits.

This course provides students with introductory field experiences in Environmental Earth Science. Students will make Earth Science observations in the field, learn how to collect, analyze and interpret field data, and visualize Earth Science concepts previously introduced in other courses. Field locations may be national or international. Depending on the location of the trip, students may also gain new historical and cultural perspectives related to the field area. The length of the trip is typically 1-2 weeks.

1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Field Instruction

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 270 - Earth & Envir Field Excursion
Earth and Environmental Excursion
Pre-Reqs: EES 104 or EES 110 and EES 130 and Permission of Instructor



3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar and Field Instruction

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 271 - EES Field Course
Environmental Earth Science Field Course
Prerequisite: EES 104, 106, 110 or 125 AND Prerequisite/Corequisite: EES 130 or EES 224

This course provides students with field experiences in Environmental Earth Science. Students will investigate field examples or concepts presented in introductory Earth Science classes, learn how field data are collected, and interpret field observations. Field locations may be national or international. Depending on the location of the trip, students may experience new historical and cultural perspectives related to the field area. The course will include a lecture portion prior to embarking on the field excursion. The length of the trip is typically 1-2 weeks. Open only to EES majors/minors. May be repeated for up to 12 credits.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar and Field Instruction

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 2XX - Env. Earth Science Elective
Env. Earth Science Elective
Prerequisite: Transfer Credit Evaluation Only



0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

EES 300 - Intro to Geographic Info Syst.
Basics of Geographic Informatino Systems
Prerequisite: LAC student with T1M or GER student

This course takes a multidisciplinary approach to the concepts, techniques, and current applications of geographic information systems. Students will be exposed to the historical and cultural use of maps and cartography to convey or communicate a message related to geographic information. Students will apply spatial analysis skills to address issues related to environmental management, public policy, health science (public health), and business using state-of-the-art mapping software and visually convey their findings using appropriate cartographic and graphic design techniques. Throughout the semester students will work towards the completion of a project proposal that utilizes geographic information systems to address an issue within each individual's major are of study.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Mass Media Instruction, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
New Media Digital Applications, LAC T2IT-Applied Info Tech

EES 301 - Intro to GIS Laboratory
Introduction to Geographic Informatino Systems Laboratory
Pre or Co-requisite: EES 300

This course provides further hands-on experience to students interested in the multidisciplinary applications of geographic information systems. Students will learn how to apply the concepts and theories demonstrated in EES 300 to address issues related to environmental management, public policy, health science (public health), and business using state-of-the-art mapping software. Students are required to convey their findings visually using appropriate cartographic and graphic design techniques. A semester project demonstrates the learning objectives of the course by applying the students' knowledge to fulfill the project proposal completed in introduction to Geographic Information Systems (EES 300).

1.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 304 - Environmental Issues
Environmental Issues
Prerequisite: None

An interdisciplinary course for nonscience majors exploring the relationships between natural, social, and political systems and environmental problems. Issues such as air and water pollution, energy resources, and hazardous waste are covered.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Mass Media Instruction

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IA-Inquiry and Analysis, Public Policy Skill Courses

EES 305 - Energy Resources
Energy Resources And Conservation
Prerequisite: EES 205

This course examines the current mix of energy resources and their environmental impacts. It examines the rapid changes occuring in the energy industry as fossil fuels are shifting and renewable energy is growing. Topics include:electricity generation, clean coal, peak oil, shale gas, tar sands, nuclear power, concentrating solar power, solar electric power, hydroelectricity, wind energy, ocean energy, geothermal energy, electric vehicles, fuel cells, biomass and biofuels. Includes numerical analysis with technologies.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 306 - Sustainable Buildings
Sustainable Buildings
Prerequisites: EES 205 and EES 207

Energy consumption for heating, cooling, lighting, and appliances in conventional buildings and strategies for reducing energy consumption and carbon emission will be discussed and analyzed. Included topics are: building and community rating systems; green building concepts, energy efficiency, renewable energy systems, including the analysis and design of solar thermal, passive solar, solar electric, wind and hydroelectric power systems for buildings.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 307 - Energy and Development
Sustainable Energy and Sustainable Development
Prerequisites: EES 205 and Consent of Instructor

An eight to twelve day field experience in a developing country. An intensive study, including interviews and site visits, of the role that sustainable energy systems play in sustainable development in a developing country.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture and Field Instruction

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 310 - Physical Geography
Physical Geography
Prerequisite: None

Note: Not suggested for EES majors; EES majors should take EES 104.

Study of physical characteristics of the Earth affecting people and their environment, such as development of surface features, soils, climate, and weather.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences

EES 312 - Physical Geography With Lab
Physical Geography With Laboratory
Prerequisite: None

Note: Not suggested for EES majors; EES majors should take EES 104.

Study of physical characteristics of the Earth affecting people and their environment, such as development of surface features, soils, climate, and weather. Laboratory includes applied exercises on these topics.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 2.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences, Lab

EES 315 - Environmental Sci And Society
Environmental Science And Society
Prerequisite: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student

Note : Not open to students who have completed EES 304.
This course is an introduction to how scientists approach some of the serious environmental problems facing our society. We will seek to understand how scientists acquire environmental data and how this data is used to mitigate environmental problems such as water pollution, climate change, acid rain, and food resources. We will also discuss the limits of science in trying to solve these problems.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IA-Inquiry and Analysis, LAC T2NS-Natural Science

EES 320 - Environmental Management
Environmental Management
Prerequisite: EES 220 or EES Major with Jr/Sr Standing and LAC student with at least two Tier II courses or GER student

As population continues to grow, humans are consuming more natural resources (e.g., land, water, air, energy) and producing more waste than ever before. Environmental approaches will be covered that address management of natural resources, natural hazards, and natural ecosystems, with special attention given to land-use planning and management.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T3-LiberalArts Experience, Writing Intensive

EES 321 - Watershed Management
Introduction To Watershed Management
Prerequisite: None

This course explores the principles and practices of watershed management in the United States. Self-paced modules cover topics, such as, watershed ecology, natural and human-induced changes in watersheds, watershed planning and monitoring, management practices to reduce environmental impacts, and social issues and relevant laws/regulations. Students who successfully complete the course are eligible for U.S. EPA Watershed Academy's Watershed Management Training Certificate.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Mass Media Instruction, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 322 - Hydrology With Laboratory
Elementary Hydrology With Laboratory
Prerequisites: EES 130;EES 224; MAT 130;

An introduction to the field of hydrology. Topics covered include the hydrolic cycle, the hydrolic budget, precipitation, streamflow, infiltration, soil moisture, and groundwater. Field and laboratory techniques in hydrology will be covered. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 323 - Drinking Water Management
Drinking Water Management
Prerequisite: None

An introduction to drinking water regulations and practices in the United States. Topics explored include the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, public health issues, water and wastewater treatment plants, water supply systems, water sampling methods and water standards, source water protection, sanitary surveys, and case studies.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 326 - Geologic Hazards
Geologic Hazards
Prerequisite: EES 224,330

Theory and case studies of natural hazards including volcanism, earthquake, tsunami, and landslides and related mass movements. Geological and geophysical techniques used for classification, prediction, and decision-making.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 330 - Mineralogy/Rock Analysis w/Lab
Mineralogy And Rock Analysis With Laboratory
Prerequisites: EES 104 or EES 106/112 or EES 110/112 or EES 125/112 or EES 202/112 or EES 220/221 and CHE 210/212; CHE 211/213 Recommended

An introduction to major rock-forming and ore minerals. The genesis and characteristics of rocks, especially the igneous and metamorphic families. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 336 - Applied Hydrogeochemisty w/Lab
Applied Hydrogeochemistry With Laboratory
Prerequisites: EES 130, 224, 322; CHE 211; EES 330 recommended; or Consent of Instructor

An introduction to aqueous geochemistry and isotope hydrology. Emphasis is placed on using the chemical and isotopic properties of water, and their spatial distribution, as a means of investigating water transport on and below the earth's surface. Two hours lecture, three hours lab.

0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 2.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
Writing Intensive

EES 340 - Geographic Info Sys w/Lab
Geographic Information Systems With Laboratory
Prerequisite: EES 224

This course uses hands-on experience to provide students with state-of-the-art mapping and spatial analysis skills. The core principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are discussed in lecture and the principles are demonstrated as the student applies them in an instructional laboratory section using ArcGIS®. Students will understand the core functionality of ArcGIS, which is a computer software package that is capable of delineating information about the features or phenomena on the Earth's surface. The students become comfortable with reading, interpreting, and analyzing maps and the associated data. Students will also understand how the resource data are collected, created , stored, analyzed, and displayed. This course has much to offer in our understanding of many topics within all disciplines when used critically and innovatively and students interested in conducting environmental, geological, demographic, suitability, and transportation- related research will benefit from this course. Students' mastery of the software are the courses learning objectives are demonstrated through a course capstone project.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 342 - Adv Geographic Info Sys w/Lab
Advanced Geographic Information Systems With Laboratory
Prerequisite: EES 130; 224; 340; or EES 300 and EES 301

This course expands upon students' knowledge and capabilities in the rapidly developing field of Geograhic Information Systems (GIS). GIS allows integration of information in ways that promote understanding and asists in addressing evolving global and environmental strains, such as deforestation, urbanization sprawl, disease outbreak, and the effects of climate change. Essential principles and concepts of GIS are expanded beyond those introduced in EES 340 or EES 300/301 with hands-on experience in the industry-standard software, ArcGIS®. The skills training previously attained in the use of ArcGIS software is further developed as emphasis is placed upon concepts and spatial reasoning of the analysis techniques and methods. Completion of this course and mastery of its content will provide students with a thorough understanding of GIS functionality, methodology for implementing the technology, and working knowledge of its applications in environmental earth science and other geographic disciplines.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
Writing Intensive

EES 344 - Sedimentlgy/Stratigraphy w/Lab
Sedimentology And Stratigraphy With Laboratory
Prerequisites: EES 130, 224; EES 330 Recommended

Study of the formation, distribution, and classification of sediments and sedimentary rocks. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 350 - Field Methods In Earth Science
Field Method In Earth Science
Prerequisites: EES 130, 224, EES 330 Recommended and LAC student with at least two Tier II courses or GER Student

Analysis and description of exposed bedrock and sediments. Mapping of geologic aspects for academic or practical purposes. Use of Brunton compass. Field trips. Reflective discussion of geoscience within the liberal arts.

4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Lecture with Decreased FLC

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T3-LiberalArts Experience

EES 356 - Struct Geol/Envron App w/Lab
Structural Geology And Environmental Applications w/Lab
Prerequisites: EES 130, 330, MAT 130; EES 350 Recommended

An introduction to the genesis, characteristics, and methods of studying geologic structures like folds and fractures. Also, examples of the relevance of that knowledge to various land-use, hazard, or environmental exercises. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Laboratory with Reduced FLC, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 360 - Impact Of The Ice Age
Impact Of The Ice Age
Prerequisite: None
Note: Not open to EES majors; majors see EES 424

The nature of glaciers and the ways that present or past glaciers affect the landscape and human activity. Concepts from basic geology will be covered as necessary. Some class meetings may be field trips involving walking.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences

EES 361 - Gemstones
Gemstones
Prerequisite: None

Focus on the composition, origin, occurrence, properties, and identification of important gemstones.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences

EES 362 - Climate And Weather
Climate And Weather
Prerequisite: None

Study of the Earth's climate zones and weather phenomena, including how they develop and are investigated.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
GER IIIB-Natural Sciences

EES 392 - Environmtl Earth Sci Practicum
Environmental Earth Science Practicum
Prerequisite: None

Special situation enabling a student to apply the knowledge acquired through the Environmental Earth Science major, but the situation does not qualify as an internship, directed research, or an independent study. Hours to be arranged.

1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours
2.000 TO 12.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Practicum

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 3XX - Env. Earth Science Elective
Env. Earth Science Elective
Prerequisite: Transfer Credit Evaluation Only



0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

EES 402 - Energy Issues In Geoscience
Energy Issues In Geoscience
Prerequisites: EES 130, EES 224, EES 205 and LAC student with at least two Tier II courses or GER student

An in-depth study of energy issues in geosciences. Topics include global climate change, peak oil, shale gas, tar sands, carbon sequestration, deep geothermal energy, and nuclear waste storage. This is a writing intensive Tier III course; so it will include independent inquiry into energy geoscience issues, discussion about the liberal arts context of this inquiry and report writing.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T3-LiberalArts Experience, Writing Intensive

EES 405 - Energy Analysis
Sustainable Energy Analysis
Prereq: EES 205 and EES 207 and LAC student with two Tier II courses or GER student.

Data acquisition, data analysis and computer simulation applied to energy geoscience. Includes development of data acquisition plans,collecting and validating datasets on sustainable energy projects including power flows, solar energy, and heat transfer. Examines weather data and the relationships to energy consumption. Focuses on communicating results including graphs and tables and corresponding written documentation.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T3-LiberalArts Experience, Writing Intensive

EES 422 - Groundwater Hydrology w/Lab
Groundwater Hydrology With Laboratory
Prerequisites: EES 322; MAT 243; PHY 204 or 208
EES 344 Recommended; or Consent of Instructor

Study of the occurrence and movement of groundwater. Field and laboratory techniques in subsurface hydrology will be covered. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
LAC T3-LiberalArts Experience

EES 423 - Health/Safety-Hazardous Waste
Health And Safety At Hazardous Waste Sites
Prerequisites: None

Environmental scientists who perform investigative or remedial activities at hazardous waste sites or may otherwise be exposed to hazardous substances and health hazards are required by OSHA to receive a minimum of 40 hours of instruction in hazardous materials safety. This course meets the 40-hr off-site training requirement. Topics covered include hazard materials recognition and properties, toxicology and chemical exposure, air monitoring, protective clothing and equipment, decontamination, and health and safety programs/plans.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 424 - Glacial/Quaternary Geology
Glacial And Quaternary Geology
Prerequisites: EES 130, 224.

Characteristics of glaciers and related erosional and depositional features. Stratigraphic and dating aspects pertinent to Quaternary deposits. Three hours lecture. LAC Writing Intensive course.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
Writing Intensive

EES 428 - Geologic Regions Of North Amer
Geologic Regions Of North America
Prerequisites: EES 130, 224

Distinctive aspects of geologic provinces including surface features, structures, history, resources, and environmental aspects. Three hours lecture.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 430 - Optical Mineralogy w/Lab
Optical Mineralogy With Laboratory
Prerequisite: EES 330

Optical crystallography, crystal chemistry, and structural properties of minerals. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 436 - Intro Contaminant Hydrogeology
Introduction To Contaminant Hydrogeology
Prerequisite: EES 130, 224 and 422

A practical course on conducting contaminant hydrogeologic investigations. Topics covered include drilling techniques, sampling protocols, mass transport of contaminants, and aquifer characterization. Three hours lecture.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
Writing Intensive

EES 440 - Process Geomorphology With Lab
Advanced Process Geomorphology
Prerequisite: EES 130 and 224

An in-depth examination of selected themes in process geomorphology with New England examples. Topics include systems theory, weathering processes, tectonic geomorphology, karst, fluvial processes, and climatic geomorphology with emphasis on cold non-glacial processes. Laboratories involve field activities, computing techniques, and computation. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture and Lab

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
Writing Intensive

EES 444 - Geospatial Apps Remote Sensing
Geospatial Applications Using Remote Sensing
Prerequisite: EES 340 or Instructor consent

This course will be a capstone experience in integrating environmental science courses and applying that knowledge to an environmental problem. Each student will develop a GIS application project and present it in a written, poster, or oral format.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 450 - Hydrological Research Methods
Hydrological Research Methods
Prerequisites: EES 322 or consent of instructor

Introduction to collaborative hydrological research through laboratory, computer, and/or field research projects. Activities include proposal writing, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, oral presentation, and manuscript preparation. Emphasis is placed on the process and methods of scientific inquiry.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

Course Attributes:
Liberal Arts Work, LAC T3-LiberalArts Experience

EES 456 - Coastal Geologic Hazards
Coastal Geologic Processes and Hazards
Prerequisites: EES 130 and EES 224 OR permission of instructor.

This course is an in-depth look at coastal geology from a variety of perpectives, including; landforms coastal processes, coastal development, management and geologic hazards, including sea level rise and coastal storms. Geologic effectiveness of engineering structures and management techniques including managed retreat will be discussed. Required (Saturday) field-trips to the coast will make up a portion of the lecture hours.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 457 - Instrumental Methods In EES
Instrumental Methods In Environmental Earth Science
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

Laboratory experiences will vary; methods may include work with the petrographic microscope, differential thermal analysis unit, Vreeland spectroscope, and thin-section making equipment.

1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
2.000 TO 6.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 460 - Special Topics Earth Science
Special Topics In Earth Science
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

Note: Special-interest courses for EES majors. Occasional offerings of EES topics not covered in the standard EES course.

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture Credit Range Option, Lecture, Lecture and Lab, Online

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 461 - Green Buildings Lab

1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 471 - Advanced EES Field Course
Advanced Environmental Earth Science Field Couse
Prerequisites: EES 130 and EES 224

This is an advanced EES course that provides students with field experiences related to a particular Environmental Earth Science discipline. It has a lecture and a field component, and will count toward advanced EES degree requirements. Students will observe field examples of topics presented in the lecture portion of the course, and develop advanced understanding of important earth science concepts. Field locations may be national or international. Depending on the location of the trip, students may experience new historical and cultural perspectives related to the field area. The course will include a lecture portion prior to embarking on the field excursion. Independent student projects and peer teaching are included in the course structure to diversify the learning experience. The length of the trip is typically 1 - 2 weeks.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Field Instruction, Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 480 - Independent Study
Independent Study In Earth Science
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor and Dept. Chairperson

Student conducts independent research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 486 - Earth Science Research
Environmental Earth Science Research
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor, Department Chair, Dean

Student involvement in faculty research that does not qualify as an independent study.

1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 487 - Earth Science Research

1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 6.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 490 - Internship EarthSci Laboratory
Internship In Earth Science Laboratory
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor and Dept. Chairperson

Student assists EES faculty member in laboratory teaching.

1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours
2.000 TO 12.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Internship

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 491 - Internship Environ Earth Sci
Internship In Environmental Earth Science
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor and Dept Chairperson

Practical experience in earth science working with a government agency or private company under the supervision of an EES faculty member and an agency representative.

1.000 TO 15.000 Credit hours
2.000 TO 30.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Internship

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 4XX - Env. Earth Science Elective
Env. Earth Science Elective
Prerequisite: Transfer Credit Evaluation Only



0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

EES 500 - Concepts Basic Earth Science
Concepts In Basic Earth Science
Prerequisite: None

Fundamentals of earth science for those teaching the subject but needing an overview or updating. Will cover minerals and rocks, and processes or phenomena of the Earth's interior and surface.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 501 - Controversies In Earth Science
Controversies In Earth Science
Prerequisite: None

Examination of aspects which have been controversial when proposed for interpretation, or that remain unresolved.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 502 - Geologic Field Studies
Geologic Field Studies
Prerequisite: None

Study of geologic features at exposures in Connecticut and possibly in nearby areas.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Field Instruction

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 503 - Special Topics Earth Science
Special Topics In Earth Science
Prerequisite: None

Various subjects in earth science to be offered on an occasional basis. Examples of potential topics are paleontology, gemology, planetary geology, environmental geology, landscape analysis, and regional geology of North America.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 504 - Environmental Issues
Environmental Issues
Prerequisite: None

An interdisciplinary course for nonscience majors emphasizing the multi-disciplinary aspects of environmental issues. Interrelationships and interactions of natural, social and practical systems are explored through such issues as water, ocean, energy and mineral resources, wetland preservation, coastal zone management, solid and hazardous waste disposal, and land development practices.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 521 - Geology Of Conn/New England
Geology Of Connecticut And New England
Prerequisite: None

The geologic history of New England with emphasis on Connecticut mineral and rock occurrences and their implications. Relationships to the settlement and development of the past, present and future.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Earth Science Department

EES 5XX - Env. Earth Science Elective
Env. Earth Science Elective
Prerequisite: Transfer Credit Evaluation Only



0.500 TO 6.000 Credit hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture


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