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Diversity (DV)

Gender and Contemporary Issues in Mines and Earth Sciences
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CMES 3600




Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Requirement Designation: Diversity
 
Description
This class introduces students to foundational concepts and themes in the interdisciplinary field of gender studies, with a focus on contemporary issues at the personal, interpersonal, and institutional levels (Unit 1). The second half of the semester turns the Gender Studies lens to the fields of study and professional practice in the College of Mines & Earth Sciences (Unit 2). While our focus in this course is on the social construct of gender and its applications to fields of study and professional practice in the College of Mines & Earth Sciences, this lens will provide a framework for students to consider other aspects of identity (e.g., race, class, ability…) and their relevance to the fields of study and professional practice in the College of Mines & Earth Sciences.
 
 

International Requirement (IR)

Atmospheric Chemistry and
Air Pollution

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ATMOS 3100

 

 

Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Prerequisites: CHEM 1210 AND MATH 1220.
Requirement Designation: International Requirement
Course Attribute: Sustainability - Limited
 
Description
The course will apply basic principles of physics and chemistry to quantitatively describe the processes that control the chemical composition and evolution of the Earth's atmosphere. Special topics include acid rain, the ozone hole, photochemical smog production, health effects of air pollution, and alternative energy sources.
 
 

Not available this Fall 2022, check back later to see if this course is available in future semesters!

Living With Earthquakes and Volcanoes
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GEO 3030

 

Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Requirement Designation: International Requirement & P/L Sci Exploration
 
Description
Where and why do earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur today? How do local cultural attitudes and economic conditions affect the local consequences of earthquakes and volcanoes? The concept of plate tectonics explains global patterns of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Hazards, prediction, and societal impacts are considered, using examples from many countries.
 
 

Physical / Life Science Exploration

Secrets of the Greatest Snow
on Earth

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ATMOS 1000

 

Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Requirement Designation: Physical/Life Science Exploration
 
Description
Class in the atmospheric and snow sciences designed to build useful knowledge and expertise for students with a passion for mountains, powder, and winter sports. This course will explore the contemporary and enduring issues involving the ski industry and water resources and the potential impacts of climate change on mountain sports and culture in Utah and around the world
 

Not available this Fall 2022, check back later to see if this course is available in future semesters!

Severe and
Unusual Weather

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ATMOS 1010

Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Requirement Designation: Physical/Life Science Exploration
Course Attribute: Sustainability - Limited
 
Description
Survey of the fundamentals of atmospheric science with an emphasis on severe and hazardous weather including hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods, and snowstorms.

Climate Change
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ATMOS 1020

 



Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Requirement Designation: Quantitative Intensive BS
Course Attribute: Sustainability - Limited
 
Description
Explores the natural and human induced variations in the Earth's climate. Emphasis will be placed on the evidence underlying climate change and the factors that control Earth's climate. Topics range from climate of the Earth's history, present-day global warming, climatic effects of volcanic eruptions, to impacts of climate change on hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and droughts.

Energy, Water, Air, and Metals: Sustainable Use and Development
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ATMOS 2750

 



Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Requirement Designation: Quantitative Intensive BS
Course Attribute: Honors Course
 
Description
Modern society has utilized the vast fossil fuel and metal reserves of the Earth to increase both its technological sophistication and the standard of living for its residents. However, this progress has come at a price. Access to clean water and air is no longer guaranteed for millions of citizens and regional/global conflicts have arisen as countries attempt to control the raw materials which fuel our society. This course will explore the environmental pressures exerted by continued economic development and evaluate various technologies and strategies aimed at creating a more sustainable society. To the extent possible, discussions and student projects will focus on locally relevant and timely issues.


Not available this Fall 2022, check back later to see if this course is available in future semesters!

Earth Science
in the Cinema

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GEO 1000

 

 



Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Requirement Designation: Physical/Life Science Exploration
Course Attribute: Sustainability - Limited
 
Description
Earth Scientists study a wide range of provocative subjects with real-world implications for society, from evolution and extinction to natural disasters. Unsurprisingly, many of these subjects are also of interest to movie-makers in Hollywood and beyond, whose exciting thrillers sometimes do justice to the science and sometimes make a mess of it. This course explores current Earth science research themes in the context of film. Each week centers on a feature-length film and the science behind it, including presentation of the current state of the science, critique of the movie’s depiction of the science, and discussion of societal implications.

The World of Dinosaurs
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GEO 1040

 



Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Requirement Designation: Physical/Life Science Exploration
 
Description
Dinosaurs are the most celebrated fossil organisms. These remarkably diverse and successful animals inhabited every major continent, persisted more than 150 million years, and evolved numerous bizarre forms of varying body sizes. This course presents an overview of the major dinosaur groups and places them into temporal, biogeographic, and ecological context. Topics include modes of preservation, feeding adaptations, social behavior, evolution, extinction, and the origin of birds. Dinosaurs are also used as a vehicle to introduce the scientific method.

National Parks: Geology Behind
the Scenery

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GEO 1050

Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Requirement Designation: Physical/Life Science Exploration
 
Description
Examining and understanding the natural geologic processes that have built and shaped our country’s national parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, and national seashores.
 

Not available this Fall 2022, check back later to see if this course is available in future semesters!

Evolving Earth
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GEO 1100

 

 

 

 

Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Recommended Prerequisites: MATH 1210 AND CHEM 1210.
Requirement Designation: Physical/Life Science Exploration
 
Description
This course will explore the different systems that shape our evolving Earth through time. We will consider the planet’s formation and composition; history of continents and oceans; and balance of life and energy. We will introduce the many systems that drive change on Earth through time: tectonics, water, carbon, life, and climate. Students will learn what distinguishes the major phases of Earth’s past, and will become familiar with the fundamental cycles that shape present environments and ecosystems. This course serves as context for subsequent Geology and Geophysics core curriculum.

Living With Earthquakes and Volcanoes
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GEO 3030

 

Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Requirement Designation: International Requirement & P/L Sci Exploration
 
Description
Where and why do earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur today? How do local cultural attitudes and economic conditions affect the local consequences of earthquakes and volcanoes? The concept of plate tectonics explains global patterns of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Hazards, prediction, and societal impacts are considered, using examples from many countries.
 
 

The Water Planet
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GEO 3300

 

 

 

 

Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Requirement Designation: International Requirement & P/L Sci Exploration
 
Description
Why is Paris warmer than Boston in the winter? Is religion thicker than water? Is groundwater becoming deeper and saltier? This course will examine the physical and chemical properties of water in the context of societal problems and needs, and the role of water in shaping global climate and civilization. Important properties of water will be explored to understand topical issues. Class project is required. For non-science majors. Field trip.
 
 

Not available this Fall 2022, check back later to see if this course is available in future semesters!

Energy Choices for the 21st Century
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GEO 3368

 

 

 

 



Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Prerequisites: Knowledge of Basic Algebra (Recommended).
Requirement Designation: Physical/Life Science Exploration
Course Attribute: Sustainability - Limited
 
Description
Graduate students should enroll in GEOG 5368 or GEO 5368 and will be held to higher standards and/or more work. This class provides an introduction to critical energy issues facing our planet, with a focus on controversial topics and issues in Utah. These may include: hydraulic fracturing (fracking), offshore oil and gas development, oil shale and tar sand development, nuclear energy, renewable energy technologies such as wind and geothermal, the smart grid, difficulties in commercializing new energy technologies, air pollution, transportation choices, energy policy development, and global issues including population dynamics, climate change, carbon management, water resources, the Law of Unintended Consequences, and tipping points. A number of outstanding guest lecturers will provide expertise in their respective fields.

The Oceans
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GEO 3800

 

 

 



Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Requirement Designation: Physical/Life Science Exploration
Course Attribute: Sustainability - Limited
 
Description
This is an interdisciplinary course that explores all aspects of the ocean including origins and evolution of ocean basins, physical and chemical properties of seawater, and links between circulation, currents, and climate, coastal processes, human interactions, and sustainability of ocean systems. Students will develop an “oceanic” perspective of earth systems, examine oceanic processes and the relationships between the ocean and other earth systems, and appreciate how the oceans influences societies and how humans affect the ocean.

Quantitative Resoning-Statistics / Logic (QB)

Introductory Surveying
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MG EN 2400



 

Course Details
Units: 3.0
Course Components: Laboratory and Lecture
 
Enrollment Information
Prerequisites: MATH 1060 OR MATH 1080 OR MATH 1210 OR MATH 1220 OR MATH 1310 OR MATH 1320.
Requirement Designation: Quantitative Reasoning (Statistics/Logic)
 
Description
Use of transit, level, total station GPS, and other equipment in field surveying. Practical astronomy, calculation procedures, state plane coordinates, public-land division and introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Field demonstration and use of surveying equipment illustrate concepts presented in lecture. Laboratory fee assessed.

 

fall 2022 course catalog

 

Last Updated: 5/31/22