Courses

To see a complete list of courses offered and their descriptions, visit the online course catalog.

The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found at https://sis.jhu.edu/classes.

AS.270.305 - Energy Resources in the Modern World

This in-depth survey will inform students on the non-renewable and renewable energy resources of the world and the future prospects. Topics include petroleum, natural gas, coal, nuclear, hydroelectric, geothermal, solar, wind, biomass, and ocean energy. Global production, distribution, usage, and impacts of these resources will be discussed.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Burgess, Jerry
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: WF 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Open

AS.270.221 - The Dynamic Earth Laboratory

This course is a hands-on learning experience for introductory geological concepts and techniques using geological tools, such as mineral/rock samples, microscopes, and maps. Field trips are its essential part. The course is open to undergraduates at all levels; freshmen who wish to get their hands (and boots) dirty are encouraged to enroll.

Credits: 2.00
Instructor: Smith, Emmy, Viete, Daniel R
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open

AS.270.318 - Remote Sensing of the Environment

This course is an introduction to the use of remote sensing technology to study Earth’s physical and biochemical processes. Topics covered include remote sensing of the atmosphere, land and oceans, as well as remote sensing as a tool for policy makers. Also offered as 270.618

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Lewis, Kevin, Zaitchik, Benjamin
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.270.111 - Freshman Seminar: The Story of Earth

The four and a half billion year story of Earth's global changes focusing on the co-evolution of Earth and Life.

Credits: 1.00
Instructor: Sverjensky, Dimitri
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open

AS.270.103 - Introduction to Global Environmental Change

An introduction to the science behind global environmental issues. Earth systems, biogeochemical cycles, and the interrelationships between the living and nonliving world are explored, along with applications to climate change, biodiversity loss, and other issues of global significance.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Szlavecz, Katalin, Waugh, Darryn
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
Status: Open

AS.270.220 - The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Geology

Basic concepts in geology, including plate tectonics; Earth’s internal structure; geologic time; minerals; formation of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks; development of faults, folds and earthquakes; geomagnetism. Corequisite (for EPS Majors): AS.270.221; optional for others. The course is introductory and open to undergraduates at all levels; freshmen are encouraged to enroll.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Smith, Emmy, Viete, Daniel R
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Open

AS.270.302 - Aqueous Geochemistry

Modeling the chemistry of water-rock interactions from weathering and riverine development at Earth’s surface to hot springs at depth, fluids in subduction zones in Earth’s interior, and the ancient fluids preserved in fluid inclusions. Thermodynamic basis for the calculation of equilibria and irreversible chemical mass transfer involving minerals and aqueous species at low and high temperatures and pressures. The course culminates with practical examples of research interest to individual participants.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Sverjensky, Dimitri
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Open

AS.270.205 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Analysis

The course provides a broad introduction to the principles and practice of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related tools of Geospatial Analysis. Topics will include history of GIS, GIS data structures, data acquisition and merging, database management, spatial analysis, and GIS applications. In addition, students will get hands-on experience working with GIS software.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Chen, Xin
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.270.307 - Geoscience Modeling

An introduction to modern ways to interpret observations in the context of a conceptual model. Topics include model building, hypothesis testing, and inverse methods. Practical examples from geophysics, engineering, and medical physics will be featured.

Credits: 4.00
Instructor: Haine, Thomas
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Status: Open

AS.270.125 - People and the Earth: The Science Behind Our Interactions

This course is designed to introduce non-science students to the ways in which humans and the Earth interact. These interactions go in both directions, with Earth processes and materials affecting human society, and human activities altering the Earth. Topics include natural disasters, natural resources, and environmental issues rooted in geology; and they are examined from both a historical perspective and in the context of current events. Class time involves active learning and hands-on experiences. Course open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Seniors by instructor permission only.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Kelly, Rebecca E
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Open

AS.270.326 - Cosmochemistry

Students in this course will gain an understanding of the origin of various forms of matter in our Solar System and beyond, along with its evolution through geologic processes. Beginning with the concepts of nucleosynthesis and stellar evolution, this course will then cover the condensation of matter, meteoritics, and petrogenetic evolution of differentiated, rocky bodies (i.e. asteroids, the Moon, Mars). Evolution of matter in extra-Solar planetary systems (i.e. exoplanets) will also be broached. In lab we will examine thin sections of meteorites, lunar material, and terrestrial analogs - a field trip to the Smithsonian Meteorite Collection is planned. Graduate and advanced undergraduate-level students are encouraged, as are interdisciplinary students with an interest in planetary science.

Credits: 4.00
Instructor: Beck, Andrew, Wicks, June K
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM, F 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Status: Open

AS.270.379 - Atmospheric Science

A survey of core topics in atmospheric science, including dynamics, thermodynamics, radiative transfer, and chemistry. The course addresses both basic principles and applications to weather and climate.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Waugh, Darryn, Zaitchik, Benjamin
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Status: Open

AS.270.501 - Independent Study

An independent course of study may be pursued under the direction of an adviser on those topics not specifically listed in the form of regular courses.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Open

AS.270.350 - Sedimentary Geology

Sedimentary rocks are the historical records of the Earth, documenting climate change, mass extinctions, and the evolution of life. This course will provide an introduction to sedimentary processes and sedimentary rocks. Focus is placed on linking physical observations to the ancient environments in which sedimentary rocks once formed. Fundamental tools for interpreting the sedimentary rock record, such as depositional models, geochronology, and chemostratigraphy will be reviewed. Two 1-day weekend field trips will occur over the course of the semester. There will also be weekly 1-hour labs. Lab and field trip times will be determined in the first week of class. Graduate and advanced undergraduate level. Recommended Course Background: AS.270.220 or instructor permission.

Credits: 4.00
Instructor: Gomes, Maya L, Lewis, Kevin
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Status: Open

AS.270.337 - Freshwater Systems Lab

A hands-on investigation of the water quality, hydrology, geomorphology, and aquatic ecology of streams and other freshwater bodies. Includes field trips to water-related facilities such as drinking water and wastewater treatment plants.

Credits: 1.00
Instructor: Kelly, Rebecca E
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: W 1:30PM - 4:20PM
Status: Open

AS.271.509 - Applied Experience

This course is designed to accompany a supervised, hands-on experience working on an environmental or sustainability-related research project or internship. While completing 80 hours of applied work, students will prepare a reflective journal, paper, and poster presentation about their experience. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 1.00
Instructor: Kelly, Rebecca E
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.271.507 - Internship

Credits: 1.00
Instructor: Kelly, Rebecca E
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Open

AS.270.425 - Earth and Planetary Fluids

An introductory course on the properties, flow, and transport characteristics of fluids throughout the Earth and planets. Topics covered include: constitutive relationships, fluid rheology, hydrostatics, dimensional analysis, low Reynolds number flow, porous media, waves, stratified and rotating fluids, plus heat, mass, and tracer transport. Illustrative examples and problems are drawn from the atmosphere, ocean, crust, mantle, and core of the Earth and other Planets. Open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Recommended Course Background: Basic Physics, Calculus, and familiarity with ordinary differential equations.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Staff, Stanley, Sabine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Open

AS.271.302 - Exploring Nature

This course integrates environmental media analysis and production with weekly outdoor excursions. Environmental media increasingly structures our experience of nature, environmental problems, human-environmental relations, and ecological awareness. Students will survey a range of authors, photographers and filmmakers that have written about or documented nature and environmental issues. Field trips to Baltimore's parks and green spaces will encourage students to discover their own sense of place and environmental worldview through careful exploration, observation and reflection. Using a mixed media journal, students will reflect on their experiences, perspectives, and insights. A background in photography or film is not required.

Credits: 4.00
Instructor: Monopolis, Alexios Nicolaos
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.270.335 - Planets, Life and the Universe

This multidisciplinary course explores the origins of life, planets’ formation, Earth's evolution, extrasolar planets, habitable zones, life in extreme environments, the search for life in the Universe, space missions, and planetary protection. Co-listed with AS.020.334, AS.020.616 and AS.171.333

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Diruggiero, Jocelyne
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
Status: Closed

AS.270.495 - Senior Thesis

Preparation of a substantial thesis based upon independent student research, supervised by at least one faculty member in Earth and Planetary Sciences. Open to Sr. departmental majors only. Required for department honors.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Open

AS.270.503 - Independent Research

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Open

AS.270.503 - Independent Research

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Open

AS.270.501 - Independent Study

An independent course of study may be pursued under the direction of an adviser on those topics not specifically listed in the form of regular courses.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Open

AS.271.505 - Senior Capstone Experience

This seminar will provide the academic space, time, and mentoring for students to integrate, synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills obtained through GECS curriculum into a tangible environmental filed project.

Credits: 4.00
Instructor: Monopolis, Alexios Nicolaos
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open

AS.270.336 - Freshwater Systems

A study of streams, lakes, and groundwater with a focus on aspects of water quality, hydrology, geomorphology, and aquatic ecology that are relevant to human impacts on freshwater systems. US environmental policies and water resource management agencies will also be examined in the context of issues such as dams, cattle grazing, climate change, and water allocation.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Kelly, Rebecca E
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.270.380 - Seminar in Regional Field Geology

Introduction to the regional geology and geological history of the Appalachian system (from Alabama to Newfoundland). Key papers on regional bedrock geology and Mesoproterozoic through Phanerozoic tectonics are reviewed in weekly seminar classes. Two three-day field trips are made on weekends negotiated at the beginning of the semester. Fieldwork will be designed with student input to test ideas and models from the literature. Techniques in sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous and structural field geology are introduced and developed in the field. Recommended course background: AS.270.220 and AS.270.221, or instructor permission.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Smith, Emmy, Viete, Daniel R
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Status: Open

AS.270.328 - Planetary Exploration: Techniques and Data Analysis

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could visit other planets and travel through the space? Students in this course will use state-of-the-art observational techniques in planetary exploration and actual spacecraft data from the Cassini mission to Saturn and the Mars Rover mission to solve problems in planetary science and design a space exploration mission. Important planetary properties, such as atmospheric composition and interior composition of a planet, will be studied using remote sensing and in situ data. Recent discoveries about exoplanets will be integrated into course activities. Recommended Course Background: One semester of Introductory Chemistry (AS.030.101).

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Yu, Xinting
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Status: Open

AS.271.501 - Independent Study

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Monopolis, Alexios Nicolaos
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Open

AS.270.599 - Independent Study

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Stanley, Steven M
Term: Summer 2018
Meetings:
Status: Open

AS.270.599 - Independent Study

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Waugh, Darryn
Term: Summer 2018
Meetings:
Status: Open

AS.270.595 - Internship

Credits: 1.00
Instructor: Sverjensky, Dimitri
Term: Summer 2018
Meetings:
Status: Open

AS.271.509 - Applied Experience

This course is designed to accompany a supervised, hands-on experience working on an environmental or sustainability-related research project or internship. While completing 80 hours of applied work, students will prepare a reflective journal, paper, and poster presentation about their experience. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 1.00
Instructor: Kelly, Rebecca E
Term: Summer 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.270.595 - Internship

Credits: 1.00
Instructor: Veblen, David R
Term: Summer 2018
Meetings:
Status: Open

AS.270.324 - Mini Term: Climate variability with python

Seasonal-to-decadal climate variability is important for various fields from agriculture to reinsurance, and it is challenging dynamically as the fluctuations often include coupled ocean-atmosphere mechanisms. This summer course covers mechanism for seasonal-to-decadal climate variability, and we will use python to build simple models to understand them. Students will learn the basics of python, numerical integration, and climate modelling. The course is S/U but will require a student report on a chosen mechanism of climate variability.

Credits: 1.00
Instructor: Nummelin, Aleksi
Term: Summer 2018
Meetings: MTWThF 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Status: Canceled