Courses – Undergraduate & Graduate

Undergraduate Courses

The Department offers introductory 100-level courses in general geology and in specialized aspects of geological and atmospheric sciences, which are all 3 cr. that meet N & M distribution requirements. Other 100-level and 200-level classes are foundation courses required for the geology major. Advanced undergraduate courses include further core courses for the major plus many topics as electives. These offerings also can be taken to fulfill requirements for a minor in geology or specialized courses for students in science education.

Introductory [100 to 200-level]
EAS E103 Earth Science: Materials and Processes Brophy Fall/Spring
EAS E104 Evolution of the Earth Njau Fall/Spring
EAS E105 Earth, Our Habitable Planet Douglas Fall/Spring
C105 Earth Processes and Planets Basu Fall
C105 Records of Global Climate Change Brassell Spring
C105 Extreme Weather and Its Consequences Kirkpatrick Fall
EAS E111 Journey to the Center of the Earth Ripley Fall/Spring
EAS E114 Dinosaurs and Their Relatives C. Johnson Fall
EAS E116 Our Planet and Its Future Yanites Spring
EAS E118 Sustainability In Water Resources Zhu Fall
EAS E121 Journey to Mars Schieber Fall
EAS E122 Introduction to Atmosphere, Weather, and Climate Staten Fall
EAS E131 Oceans and Our Global Environment Brassell Fall/Spring
EAS E138 Geology of State and National Parks Revealed Ripley Fall
EAS E141 Earthquakes and Volcanoes Hamburger/Brophy Fall/Spring
EAS E144 Extreme Weather and Its Impacts Kirkpatrick Spring
EAS E171 Environmental Geology Douglas/Zhu Spring
EAS E188 Volcanoes Seminar Hamburger Spring
EAS E221 Introductory Mineralogy Faculty Fall
EAS E222 Introduction to Petrology Faculty Spring
EAS E225 Earth Materials Faculty Fall
EAS E226 Earth Processes Edmonds/Johnson K. Spring
EAS E227 Earth Climate and History Kieu/Njau Fall
EAS E271 Introduction to Environmental Field Methods Faculty Arr
Advanced [300 to 400-level]
EAS E302 Development of the Global Environment Faculty Spring
EAS E308 Paleontology and Geology of Indiana Polly Alt Fall
EAS E314 Data Analysis for Earth Science K. Johnson Fall
EAS E316 Fuel and Mineral Resources Ripley Fall
EAS E323 Structural Geology K. Johnson Spring
EAS E328 Energy, Resources, and the Environment Faculty Spring/Fall
EAS A332 Atmospheric Thermodynamics Kirkpatrick Fall
EAS E333 Sedimentation and Tectonics Faculty Spring
EAS E334 Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Edmonds Fall
EAS A339 Weather Analysis and Forecasting Kirkpatrick Alt Fall
EAS E340 Physical Meteorology, Climate, and Paleoclimate Faculty Spring/Fall
EAS E341 Natural History of Coral Reefs C. Johnson Spring
EAS A347 Atmospheric Instrumentation and Remote Sensing Staten Spring
EAS E351 Elements of Hydrology Florea Fall
EAS A364 Atmospheric Dynamics I Kieu Fall
EAS X371 Teaching Internship in Geology Faculty Spring
EAS X377 Field Geology and Paleoanthropology in Tanzania Njau, Brophy Summer I
EAS E399 Reading for Honors Brassell Spring/Fall
EAS E404 Geobiology Polly, C. Johnson Fall
EAS E406 Introduction to Geochemistry Brophy Fall
EAS E411 Invertebrate Paleontology C. Johnson Spring
EAS E412 Vertebrate Paleontology Polly Spring
EAS E415 Principles of Geomorphology Faculty Fall
EAS E416 Economic Geology Ripley Spring/Fall
EAS E417 Optical Mineralogy Ripley Fall
EAS E418 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Brophy Fall
EAS X420 Regional Geology Field Trip Faculty Spring/Fall
EAS E423 Methods in Applied Geophysics Faculty Spring
EAS E424 Geological Applications of GIS Letsinger Spring
EAS E427 X–ray Mineralogy Faculty Spring
EAS X429 Field Geology in the Rocky Mountains Douglas Summer
EAS A434 Atmospheric Dynamics II Staff Alt Fall
EAS A437 Advanced Synoptic Meterology and Climatology Kirkpatrick Spring
EAS A438 Air Pollution Meteorology Faculty Alt Spring
EAS E444 Methods in Analytical Geochemistry Elswick Fall
EAS E448 Sustainable Energy Systems Faculty Fall
EAS E451 Principles of Hydrogeology Zhu Fall
EAS E454 Fundamentals of Plate Tectonics Hamburger Spring
EAS A456 Wind power meteorology Faculty Alt Spring
EAS A466 Hydrometeorology Faculty every 3rd semester
EAS A470 Micrometeorology Faculty Alt Spring
EAS A474 Topics in Micro and Boundary–Layer Meteorology Faculty Alt Spring
EAS E476 Climate Change Science Faculty Alt Spring
EAS E490 Volcanology Hamburger Alt Spring
EAS E490 Field Course in Geoarchaeological Methods Herrmann Summer II
EAS X498 Undergraduate Research in Geology Brassell Spring/Fall
EAS E499 Honors Research in Geology Brassell Fall/Spring

Graduate Courses

The Department offers graduate courses relevant to our varied research programs. Specific courses pertinent to particular research themes are listed in the brochures for each area accessible from the research page. Graduate credit is also available for many 400-level senior classes as preparation for advanced 500-level and 600-level coursework. Students also take research credits within both M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs, often complemented with topical seminars.

Graduate Level Courses
EAS G504 Metamorphic Petrology Faculty Arr
EAS G506 Principles of Igneous Petrology Brophy Fall
EAS G513 Seismology Faculty Fall
EAS G514 Geophysical Signal Analysis Faculty Spring
EAS G515 Analysis of Earthquake Seismograms Hamburger Fall
EAS G520 Mechanics for Earth Sciences K. Johnson Fall
EAS G524 Carbonate Facies and Environments Keith Arr
EAS G534 Atmospheric Dynamics II Staten Alt Fall
EAS G537 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology and Climatology Kirkpatrick Alt Fall
EAS G538 Air Pollution Meteorology Faculty Alt Spring
EAS G540 Physical Meteorology and Climatology Faculty Spring/Fall
EAS G544 Methods in Analytical Geochemistry Elswick Fall
EAS G548 Sustainable Energy Systems Faculty Fall
EAS G549 Paleoanthropology and Field Geology in Tanzania Njau, Brophy Summer
EAS G550 Surface–water Hydrology Faculty Fall
EAS G554 Fundamentals of Plate Tectonics Hamburger Spring
EAS G556 Wind Power Meteorology Faculty Alt Spring
EAS G561 Paleoecology Faculty Arr
EAS G562 Geometric Morphometrics Polly Alt Spring
EAS G563 Quantitative Paleontology Polly Alt Spring
EAS G564 Atmospheric Dynamics I Kieu Alt Spring
EAS G570 Micrometeorology Faculty Alt Spring
EAS G571 Principles of Petroleum Geology Faculty Arr
EAS G572 Basin Analysis and Hydrocarbons Handschy Fall
EAS G574 Topics in Micro–and Boundary–layer Meteorology Faculty Alt Spring
EAS G576 Climate Change Science Kieu Spring
EAS G581 Surficial Processes Faculty Fall
EAS G582 Computational Methods in Geology Faculty Arr
EAS G583 Isotope Systematics Ripley Spring
EAS G584 Geological Applications of GIS Letsinger Spring
EAS G586 Geochemical Modeling Zhu Fall
EAS G587 Organic Geochemistry Brassell Arr
EAS G589 Geomicrobiology Pratt Arr
EAS G590 The Art of Geological Sciences Hamburger Arr
EAS G591 Physical Sedimentology Faculty Arr
EAS G594 Numerical Weather Prediction Kieu Spring
EAS G599 Master’s Research Faculty Arr
EAS G600 Advanced Techniques Faculty Fall/Spring
EAS G600 Advanced Techniques -Xray Faculty Arr
EAS G600 Advanced Techniques - Practical Geobiology C. Johnson Spring
EAS G600 Electron Microprobe Analyses Li Spring
EAS G601 Clay Mineralogy Faculty Fall
EAS G612 Inverse Methods in Geophysics Faculty Arr
EAS G616 Metalliferous Mineral Deposits Ripley Arr
EAS G685 Evolution of Ecosystems C. Johnson Spring/Fall
Graduate Level - Seminars and Topical Courses
EAS G633 Advanced Geophysics Seminar Faculty Arr
EAS G637 Seminar in Tectonics Faculty Fall
EAS G685 Evolution of Ecosystems C. Johnson Fall
EAS G690 Field Course in Geoarchaeological Methods Herrmann Summer II
EAS G690 Olduvai Research Seminar Johnson, Brassell, Njau Fall
Graduate Level - Research
EAS G810 Advanced Research Arr Fall/Spring
EAS G901 Advanced Research Arr Fall/Spring

Field Courses

400–level field courses are taught during the summer at our Field Station in Montana. In addition, field trips represent an integral component of many courses. 100–level classes tend to be local excursions. The 200–level and 300–level courses (e.g. mineralogy, petrology, sedimentology) include visits to relevant, more distant localities, and each year two 400–level regional field trips are offered.