EARTH 104 - Ice Ages, Past and Future
Fall 2023, 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:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in EARTH 151 or GEOSCI 151.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
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:
Partial Term 8/28/23 - 10/13/23 (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 104 is a mini-course 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. These include ice sheets, astronomical inputs, the oceans, the atmosphere, and plate tectonics. Reconstructions of past climatic conditions are discussed in terms of how they were developed and how they can be related to the climatic warming associated with the recent large increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases.

Course Requirements:

The final exam will be run through Canvas. It will be available for 3 days, but once opened must be completed within 90 minutes.

Intended Audience:

All undergraduate students.

Class Format:

One hour lecture, twice a week.


EARTH 104 - Ice Ages, Past and Future
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Partial Term 8/28/23 - 10/13/23
Note: Half-term minicourse. Meets end of August thru middle of October.

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