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ESCI-1310 Physical Geography
03 Semester Credits
Introductory study of physical elements of geography. Includes Earth-sun relationships, maps, atmospheric components and interactions, elements and controls of weather and climate, water resources and their distribution, vegetation associations, animal associations, ecological relationships, soil types, landforms, and plate tectonics. World distribution, causal relationships and significance to man stressed. To fulfill laboratory science requirements, students should also enroll in related laboratory course.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ENG-0980 Language Fundamentals I or eligibility for ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II. 
OAN Approved: OSS006

ESCI-131L Laboratory in Physical Geography
01 Semester Credit
Laboratory studies include the scientific method, map interpretation and construction, remote sensing, energy transfers, weather components, climate classification, hydrology, pedology, ecology, plant and animal geography, and plate tectonics.
Lecture 00 hour. Laboratory 03 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ESCI-1310 Physical Geography or concurrent enrollment.

ESCI-1410 Physical Geology
03 Semester Credits
Topics include materials and structures of the Earth; processes and agencies which change Earth's crust. Mineral composition of rocks; work of gravity, water, winds, and glaciers as agents of erosion; volcanoes and earthquakes as forces which change Earth's surface. To fulfill laboratory science requirements, students should also enroll in related laboratory course.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  ENG-0980 Language Fundamentals I or eligibility for ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II. 
OAN Approved: OSC011 (1 of 2 required courses)

ESCI-141L Laboratory in Physical Geology
01 Semester Credit
Laboratory studies include minerals, rocks, volcanoes, geologic dating, topographic maps and determination of depositional and erosional features, earthquake epicenter locations, folds and faults, interpretation of geologic maps, plate tectonic processes and boundaries, and field work to become familiar with local geology. Regularly scheduled field trips are integral part of this course.
Lecture 00 hour. Laboratory 03 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  ESCI-1410 Physical Geology or concurrent enrollment.
OAN Approved: OSC011 (2 of 2 required courses)

ESCI-141H Honors Physical Geology
03 Semester Credits
Honors course in Physical Geology. Materials and structures of the Earth; processes and agencies by which the Earth’s crust has been and is being changed; rocks and their mineral composition. Work of gravity, water, winds, and glaciers as agents of erosion; volcanoes and earthquakes as forces which change the surface of the Earth. Emphasis on the effects geological events and resources have had on human civilization. To fulfill laboratory science requirements, students should also enroll in Laboratory in Physical Geology.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG-101H Honors College Composition I.

ESCI-1510 Historical Geology
03 Semester Credits
Geologic history of the earth and biota. Special emphasis on North America. Topics include plate tectonics, relative and absolute dating, rocks and their significance as indicators of environment, interpretation of geologic maps, evolution, fossilization, and major groups of fossils. To fulfill laboratory science requirement, students should also enroll in related laboratory course.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ENG-0980 Language Fundamentals I or eligibility for ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II. 
OAN Approved: OSC012

ESCI-151L Laboratory in Historical Geology
01 Semester Credit
Laboratory studies include mineral and rock identification, significance of rock type, relative and absolute dating, stratigraphy, fossilization, fossil identification and significance, evolutionary patterns, cladistics, geology and paleontology of the major geologic time divisions, and field work. Required field work is integral part of this course.
Lecture 00 hour. Laboratory 03 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ESCI-1510 Historical Geology or concurrent enrollment.
OAN Approved: OSC012

ESCI-1610 Geology of the National Parks
03 Semester Credits
Studies of each park will include reasons why each area was set apart as a park, its geologic history, its present lithology and topography, and influences of lithology and topography on climatic and biotic factors (and vice versa). Ecological and geologic problems that have arisen because of presence of humans in parks or in adjacent areas also considered. To fulfill laboratory science requirement, students should also enroll in related laboratory course.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ENG-0980 Language Fundamentals I or eligibility for ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II. 


ESCI-161L Laboratory in Geology of the National Parks
01 Semester Credit
Laboratory studies include use of topographic maps, aerial photos, remote sensing images, and geologic maps; volcanism and earthquakes, physiographic provinces; identification of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and structures; studies of depositional and erosional features of streams, winds, glaciers, and waves; fossil identification; analyses of climatic and biological data; plate tectonics; investigations into ecological problems of many of national parks. Field work is required.
Lecture 00 hour. Laboratory 03 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ESCI-1060 Geology of the National Parks or concurrent enrollment. 

ESCI-2300 Introduction to the Science of Ecosystems
03 Semester Credits
Studies of the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere are incorporated into a comprehensive study of ecosystems. Emphasis placed on effects of humans on these ecosystems and how altered ecosystems, in turn, affect humans. Effects of humans to be studied are primarily those that are inflicted on ecosystems because of their numbers, concentrations, standards of living, and everyday economic activities. Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ENG-0980 Language Fundamentals I or eligibility for ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II. 

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