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Special Field Courses

The following courses fulfill the “Field Experience” requirement for the B.S. in EOS. These courses can also be used to fulfill elective requirements for the A.B. in EOS. Field courses are designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply techniques learned in class, as well as learn new skills of data collection in a real-world setting. Although open to non-majors, it is strongly recommended that you have taken at least one introductory-level and one 200-300 level EOS course before enrolling. EOS 410S is open only to EOS major seniors.  For some of these courses, preference is given to EOS students.

EOS 288EOS 288A Biogeography in an Australian Context NS, STS Distribution of plants and animals in space and time as determined by the interaction of geophysics, geology, climate, and evolutionary history. Special emphasis on the unique terrestrial and marine faunas and floras of the Australian continent and on the impact of humans on the distri-bution of these plants and animals. Taught in Australia. Instructor: Glass. One course. ———————– ——————– ————— ————— ———————- ————–

EOS 401EOS 401. Field Exploration of the Geology of North Carolina. NS, STS Introduction to the geological history of North Carolina with an emphasis on active learning and field-based inquiry. Class time serves as preparation and background for two one-day and one overnight weekend field trips. An introductory geology background is useful but not required. Instructor: Glass. One course. ——— ————— ————— ————- ——————– ——————— —————— —————- ——————-

EOS 402EOS 402S. Volcanology: Geology of Hawaii. NS, R Geology of volcanic processes and the benefits and hazards they present to society. Lectures, discussion and student presentations of independent research reports. Required field trip to Hawaii during spring break. Prerequisite: Earth and Ocean Sciences 101 recommended. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Boudreau. One course. —————– ————– ————– ———————- ——————- ———————- ——————-

EOS 403EOS 403. Geology and Natural History of the Yellowstone Region. NS Geology and natural history of Grand Tetons National Park, the Yellowstone National Park, The Hebgen Lake Earthquake area, and surrounding Rocky Mountains. Includes a field trip with a required fee for the trip. Consent of instructor required. Recommended prerequisite: Earth and Ocean Sciences 204L. Instructor: Glass. One course. ———— —————— —————— —————— ——————— ——————– ——–

EOS 404 TurksTEMPORARILY ON HIATUS EOS 404S. Geology of Tropical Marine Environments. NS, R Spatial and temporal analysis of the geology of tropical shallow marine environments. Class discussions, required spring-break field trip to South Florida and the Keys, Turks and Caicos Islands, or similar setting, in-class and field trip presentations, post-trip research paper. Examination of tropical shallow marine sedimentary environments including reefs, mudbanks, and mangrove forests and islands, and their ancient counterparts in rock outcrops and sediment cores. Includes a field trip with a required fee for the trip. Prerequisite: Earth and Ocean Sciences 101 or 102, or consent of instructor. Instructor: Dwyer.

EOS 404TEMPORARILY ON HIATUS EOS 405S. The American Southwest. NS Geomorphic and geologic features of arid terrain, including volcanism, tectonics, soils and weathering, paleo-lakes, wind-blown sand and dust, landslides, and alluvial fans. Reconstruction of paleo-landscape processes based on observations of present landforms. Interpretation of landform development and process from geomorphic field evidence. Focus on the Mojave Desert region of California and Nevada. Includes week-long field trip with fees required for the trip. Prerequisite: Earth and Ocean Sciences 101, and consent of instructor. Instructor: Staff. One course.

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Eos 410EOS 410S. Senior Capstone Experience. NS, R, STS Senior capstone field trip course to Ireland.   Topics in geology, hydrology, biology, climate, and other environmental subjects as appropriate for field area, especially human impact on the earth and the role of earth scientists as observers and teachers of earth-system change. Course content partially determined by students. Prerequisites: Open only to senior Earth and Ocean Sciences majors. Department consent required. Instructor: Dwyer. One course.