EARTH 151 - The Ice Ages: Past and Present
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
Those with credit for GEOSCI 104 or EARTH 104 may only elect EARTH 151 for 2 credits.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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EARTH 151 is a First Year Seminar that explores the Earth's climate system and how at times its various components operate to produce extensive ice sheets that cover large parts of the Earth's surface. The role of each of the major components of the climate system will be discussed in detail. These include ice sheets themselves, astronomical inputs, the oceans, the atmosphere, and plate tectonics. Reconstructions of past climatic conditions are presented and discussed in terms of how they were developed, what they can tell us about climatic extremes, and how they can be related with more rapid climate oscillations, particularly the climatic warming associated with the recent large increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases.

Course Requirements:

This course is completely in-person.
Attendance is strongly encouraged.
Students will need to complete two class presentations and two exams.

Intended Audience:

First Year Seminar. ONLY first year undergraduates may register.


Class Format:

Class meets for 90 minutes twice weekly.


EARTH 151 - The Ice Ages: Past and Present
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
6Enrollment Management
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
Note: First Year Seminar. Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during Summer Orientation. Only first-year undergraduates may register.

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