GEOSCI 442 - Earth Surface Processes and Soils
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Geological Sciences (GEOSCI)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
MATH 115, CHEM 130, and GEOSCI 231 or 232.
Other Course Info:
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:

Prerequisites include: Math 115 or equivalent (calculus I), CHEM 130 or equivalent (introductory chemistry), and GEOSCI 231 or 232 (mineralogy), or permission of instructor. 4 Credits, including lab.

GEOSCI 442 is a course that focuses on an understanding of processes that shape the Earth's surface and the physical and chemical underpinnings of each process. This course concentrates on physical and chemical processes in the context of topographic evolution, erosion, the global hydrologic cycle, environmental change, and fluid and sediment transport dynamics. Geomorphologic, geochemical, and computational methods for quantifying erosional and depositional processes are investigated. The course is divided into the following parts:

  1. Physical and mathematical representations of hillslope, fluvial, glacial, coastal, and aeolian processes
  2. Erosional and depositional landforms
  3. Chemical weathering and soil formation
  4. Chemical erosion and transport by rivers
Students will learn basic physical and chemical principles, read and discuss scientific journal articles, complete problem sets, learn how to make observations of physical and chemical weathering processes, and quantify these processes with 'hands on' laboratory exercises. Laboratory exercises include air photo interpretation, introduction to GIS and remote sensing software analysis of landforms, rudimentary computer programming with Matlab, measurement and interpretation of soil chemistry and mineral weathering rates, and field investigations.

Required Text: Process Geomorphology (Paperback) - 4th Edition. by Dale F Ritter, R. Craig Kochel, Jerry R Miller. Paperback: 576 pages Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 4 edition (November 19, 2001) ISBN: 0697344118

Grade: Course grade will be based on homework, laboratory and computer exercises, class discussions, and two exams.

GEOSCI 442 - Earth Surface Processes and Soils
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LAB)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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