GEOSCI 320 - Earth Systems Evolution
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Geological Sciences (GEOSCI)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
MATH 116.
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:

This is a core course in the new Earth System Science Program that is being developed jointly by AOSS and Geological Sciences. The program is designed to provide an education in earth system science that is both broad an deep, so that students in this program will be well prepared for graduate school.

Course Description: Introduction to the physics and chemistry of Earth. Gravitational energy, radiative energy, Earth's energy budget, and Earth tectonics are discussed along with chemical evolution and biogeochemical cycles. The connections among the carbon cycle, silicate weathering, and the natural greenhouse effect are discussed. Required for AOSS/GEOSCI 321, which introduces Earth system dynamics.

Prerequisites: CHEM 126 (General and Inorganic Chemistry) and MATH 216 (Introduction to Differential Equations). Generally, students should be conversant with basic chemistry concepts, simple chemical calculations, and elementary differential and integral calculus.

Required Text: Lee R. Kump. James F. Kasting, and Robert G. Crane, The Earth System, 2nd Ed. (Pearson/Prentice Hall 2004). ISBN 0-13-142059-3.

Required Software: Vensim PLE (free ) systems simulation software can be down-loaded from the Ventana Inc. site:

GEOSCI 320 - Earth Systems Evolution
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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