Environmental Biology

Departmental Offices:
556-7 Schermerhorn; 212-854-4525;
106 Geoscience, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; 845-365-8550
http://eesc.columbia.edu

Directors of Undergraduate Studies:
Prof. Sidney Hemming, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; 845-365-8417; sidney@ldeo.columbia.edu; 557 Schermerhorn Extension
Prof. Maya (Maria) Tolstoy, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; 845-365-8791; tolstoy@ldeo.columbia.edu; 557 Schermerhorn Extension

Senior Administrative Manager: Carol Mountain, 557 Schermerhorn Extension; 854-9705; 107 Geoscience, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; 845-365-8551; carolm@ldeo.columbia.edu

Business Manager: Sally Odland, 108 Geoscience, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; 845-365-8633; odland@ldeo.columbia.edu

The undergraduate major in earth and environmental sciences provides an understanding of the natural functioning of our planet and considers the consequences of human interactions with it. Our program for majors aims to convey an understanding of how the complex Earth System works at a level that encourages students to think creatively about the Earth System processes and how to address multidisciplinary environmental problems. The breadth of material covered provides an excellent background for those planning to enter the professions of law, business, diplomacy, public policy, teaching, journalism, etc. At the same time, the program provides sufficient depth so that our graduates are prepared for graduate school in one of the Earth sciences. The program can be adjusted to accommodate students with particular career goals in mind.

The department’s close affiliations with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the Earth Institute at Columbia (EI), and several departments within the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences afford opportunities for student participation in a wide variety of current research programs. Summer employment, research, and additional educational opportunities are available at Lamont and GISS. The department encourages majors to become involved in a research project by their junior year.

All majors and concentrators, when planning their programs of study, should regularly consult the directors of undergraduate studies and make themselves aware of the requirements for their particular program.

Programs of Study

Environmental Science Major

The environmental science major curriculum provides an introduction to a variety of fields of study relevant to the environment. Environmental science majors are required to take three semesters of introductory courses and to develop a grounding in basic physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics. Here, students may select courses depending on their interest. With this introduction to the earth’s environment and equipped with a knowledge of the basic sciences, students are prepared to choose a set of upper-level courses in consultation with an undergraduate adviser. All environmental science majors are required to complete a research project, providing a practical application of mastered course work. This research culminates in a senior thesis. The research and the thesis are usually done at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory with guidance from a faculty member or a research scientist. However, other options are also possible.

Environmental science majors have an option to complete the special concentration in environmental biology for environmental science majors.

Earth Science Major

The major in earth science follows a similar rationale but is designed to allow students to pursue particular fields of the Earth Sciences in greater depth. Compared with the environmental science major, one fewer introductory course is required, while one additional advanced course should be part of the plan of study. The earth science major also offers the possibility of in-depth field experience through a six- to eight-week geology summer field course, arrangements for which are made through another university. The research and senior thesis capstone requirements are the same as for the environmental science major. The geology summer field course may be used as an alternative means of fulfilling the capstone requirement in the earth science major.

Concentrations

The program for concentrators serves students who want more exposure to earth and environmental science than is provided by introductory-level courses. The program aims to provide concentrators with experience in data analysis and a thorough introduction to the Earth's systems.

The concentrations in environmental science and in earth science are designed to give students an understanding of how the Earth works and an introduction to the methods used to investigate earth processes, including their capabilities and limitations. Concentrators often join the social professions (e.g., business, law, medicine, etc.) and take with them a strong scientific background. They take the same introductory courses as the majors, but fewer basic science and upper-level courses are required.

In addition to the environmental science and earth science concentrations, the department sponsors a special concentration which must be done in conjunction with the environmental biology major. Students should be aware that they must complete the environmental biology major in order to receive credit for the special concentration. There is also a special concentration in environmental biology for environmental science majors sponsored by the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology.

Departmental Honors

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science awards departmental honors to the major or majors in earth science or environmental science judged to have the best overall academic record. The award is accorded to no more than 10% of the graduating class, or one student in the case of a class smaller than 10. A grade point average of at least 3.6 in the major and a senior thesis or equivalent research of high quality are required. Students who wish to be considered should contact the director of undergraduate studies early in their senior year.

Professors

  • Wallace S. Broecker
  • Mark A. Cane
  • Nicholas Christie-Blick
  • Joel E. Cohen
  • Peter B. de Menocal (Vice Chair)
  • Hugh Ducklow
  • Peter Eisenberger
  • Göran Ekström
  • Steven L. Goldstein
  • Arnold L. Gordon
  • Kevin L. Griffin
  • Sidney R. Hemming
  • Peter B. Kelemen (Chair)
  • Jerry F. McManus
  • William H. Menke
  • John C. Mutter
  • Paul E. Olsen
  • Stephanie L. Pfirman (Barnard)
  • Terry A. Plank
  • Lorenzo M. Polvani
  • G. Michael Purdy
  • Peter Schlosser
  • Christopher H. Scholz
  • Adam H. Sobel
  • Sean C. Solomon
  • Marc W. Spiegelman
  • Martin Stute (Barnard)
  • David Walker

Associate Professors

  • Mark H. Anders
  • Sonya Dyhrman
  • Arlene M. Fiore
  • Bärbel Hönisch
  • Meredith Nettles
  • Maria Tolstoy

Assistant Professors

  • Ryan Abernathey
  • Tiffany A. Shaw

Adjunct Professors

  • Robert F. Anderson
  • Roger N. Anderson
  • W. Roger Buck IV
  • James Gaherty
  • James Hansen
  • John J. Flynn
  • Arthur Lerner-Lam
  • Douglas G. Martinson
  • Ronald L. Miller
  • Mark A. Norell
  • Dorothy M. Peteet
  • Andrew Robertson
  • Joerg M. Schaefer
  • Christopher Small
  • Taro Takahashi
  • Minfang Ting
  • Felix Waldhauser
  • Spahr C. Webb
  • Gisela Winckler

Adjunct Associate Professors

  • Alessandra Giannini
  • Lisa M. Goddard
  • Andrew Juhl

Adjunct Assistant Professors

  • Natalie Boelman

Lecturers

  • James R. Cochran
  • Braddock Linsley
  • Bradfield Lyon
  • Jacek Chowdhary
  • Alberto Malinverno
  • Hsien Wang Ou
  • Maureen Raymo
  • Philipp Ruprecht
  • Christopher Zappa

Associates

  • Anthony Barnston

Guidelines for all Earth and Environmental Sciences Majors, Concentrators, and Special Concentrators

Advising

All majors and concentrators, when planning their programs of study, should regularly consult the directors of undergraduate studies, who can be contacted through the department office on the fifth floor of Schermerhorn. The requirements are different for each major and concentration and must be met in conjunction with the general requirements for the bachelor's degree. Declaration of the major must be approved by the department and filed in the departmental office.

Substitutions and Exceptions

  1. Higher-level courses may be used to satisfy supporting mathematics and science requirements for students with Advanced Placement preparation with the permission of the major adviser.
  2. In addition to the courses listed for the depth, and breadth and related courses requirements, several graduate-level courses offered in the department as well as several advanced courses offered at Barnard may be substituted with the permission of the major adviser.
  3. 1000-level courses in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department can not be used toward meeting the requirements of any of the majors, concentrations, or special concentrations.
  4. The following courses are not suitable for undergraduates and can not be used toward meeting any of the requirements for the majors, concentrations, or special concentrations:
    EESC W4001 Advanced General Geology
    EESC W4400 Dynamics of Climate Variability and Climate Change
    EESC W4401 Quantitative Models of Climate-Sensitive Natural and Human Systems
    EESC W4404 Regional Climate and Climate Impacts
    EESC W4930 Earth's Oceans and Atmosphere

Grading

A grade of C- or better must be obtained for a course to count toward the majors, concentrations, or special concentrations. The grade of P is not acceptable, but a course taken Pass/D/Fail may be counted if and only if the P is uncovered by the Registrar's deadline.


Major in Earth Science

Please read Guidelines for all Earth and Environmental Sciences Majors, Concentrators, and Special Concentrators above.

The major in earth science requires a minimum of 45.5 points, distributed as follows:

Foundation Courses

EESC V2200 Earth's Environmental Systems: Solid Earth
EESC V2100 Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate
or EESC V2300 Earth's Environmental Systems: Life Systems

Students who wish to take both EESC V2100 Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate and EESC V2300 Earth's Environmental Systems: Life Systems can include one of these under breadth and related fields below.

Supporting Mathematics and Science Courses

MATH V1101 Calculus I
or MATH V1102 Calculus II
Select one of the following three-course sequences:
General Chemistry I (Lecture)
   and General Chemistry II ( Lecture)
   and General Physics
General Chemistry I (Lecture)
   and General Physics
   and General Physics

Capstone Experience

Select one of the following:
Senior Research Seminar
   and Environmental Science Senior Seminar
Senior Research Seminar
   and Environmental Science Senior Seminar
A six to eight week summer geology field course

Breadth and Related Fields Requirement

A minimum of 6 points (two courses) chosen with the major adviser are required.

Breadth and related field courses are science courses relevant for an earth science major that do not require an earth science background. Several such courses are offered at the 2000-, 3000- and 4000-level in the department and at Barnard. Examples include:

Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate
Earth's Environmental Systems: Life Systems
Field Geology
Environmental Data Analysis
Global Assessment and Monitoring Using Remote Sensing
Earth Resources and Sustainable Development
Earth/Human Interactions
Alternative energy resources

Also included among breadth and related fields courses are science, mathematics, statistics, and engineering courses offered by other departments that count toward fulfilling degree requirements in those departments.

Depth Requirement

A minimum of 12 points (four courses) chosen with the major adviser to provide depth in the field of earth science.

These courses build on the foundation and supporting courses listed above and provide a coherent focus in some area of earth science. Students should include at least one of the following in their course of study:

EESC V3101
or EESC V3201

Areas of focus include one of the courses listed above and three or more additional courses. Students are not required to specialize in a focus area, but examples are given below for those who choose to do so.

Geological Science
EESC W4076 Geologic Mapping
EESC W4090 Introduction to Geochronology and Thermochronology
EESC W4113 Introduction to Mineralogy
EESC W4223 Sedimentary Geology
EESC W4230 Crustal Deformation
EESC W4480 Paleobiology and Earth System History
EESC W4701 Introduction to Igneous Petrology
EESC W4887 Isotope Geology I
EESC W4947 Plate Tectonics
It is strongly recommended that students focusing in geological science take the summer geology field course as their capstone experience.
Geochemistry
EESC W3015 The Earth's Carbon Cycle
EESC BC3016 Environmental Measurements
EESC BC3200 Ecotoxicology
EESC W4090 Introduction to Geochronology and Thermochronology
EESC W4113 Introduction to Mineralogy
EESC W4701 Introduction to Igneous Petrology
EESC W4885 The Chemistry of Continental Waters
EESC W4887 Isotope Geology I
EESC W4926 Principles of Chemical Oceanography
It is recommended that students focusing in geochemistry take CHEM C1403-CHEM C1404 General Chemistry I and II, and PHYS V1201 General Physics I as their supporting science sequence.
Atmosphere and Ocean Science
EESC W4008 Introduction to Atmospheric Science
EESC W4924
EESC W4925 Principles of Physical Oceanography
EESC W4926 Principles of Chemical Oceanography
EESC W4920 Paleoceanography
EESC W4937 Cenozoic Paleoceanography
It is recommended that students focusing on atmosphere and ocean science also take a course in fluid dynamics and a course in differential equations.
Solid Earth Geophysics
EESC W4230 Crustal Deformation
EESC W4300 The Earth's Deep Interior
EESC W4947 Plate Tectonics
EESC W4949 Introduction to Seismology
It is recommended that students focusing in solid earth geophysics take PHYS V1201-PHYS V1202 General Physics I and II, and CHEM C1403 General Chemistry I as their supporting science sequence and also take MATH V1201 Calculus II.
Climate
EESC W3015 The Earth's Carbon Cycle
EESC BC3025 Hydrology
EESC W4008 Introduction to Atmospheric Science
EESC W4330 Introduction to Terrestrial Paleoclimate
EESC W4835 Wetlands and Climate Change
EESC W4920 Paleoceanography
EESC W4924
EESC W4925 Principles of Physical Oceanography
EESC W4937 Cenozoic Paleoceanography
Paleontology
EESC W4223 Sedimentary Geology
EESC W4480 Paleobiology and Earth System History
EESC W4550 Plant Ecophysiology
EESC W4920 Paleoceanography
EESC W4937 Cenozoic Paleoceanography
It is recommended that students focusing in paleontology take EESC V2300 Earth's Environmental Systems: The Life System, as one of their foundation courses.
EESC W4924 (Section 1) Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry

Major in Environmental Science

Please read Guidelines for all Earth and Environmental Sciences Majors, Concentrators, and Special Concentrators above.

The major in environmental science requires a minimum of 47 points, distributed as follows:

Foundation Courses

EESC V2100 Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate
EESC V2200 Earth's Environmental Systems: Solid Earth
EESC V2300 Earth's Environmental Systems: Life Systems

Supporting Mathematics and Science Courses

MATH V1101 Calculus I
or MATH V1102 Calculus II
Select one of the following three-course sequences:
General Chemistry I (Lecture)
   and General Chemistry II ( Lecture)
   and General Physics
General Chemistry I (Lecture)
   and General Physics
   and General Physics
General Chemistry I (Lecture)
   and Environmental Biology I: Elements to Organisms
   and General Physics

Capstone Experience

EESC BC3800 Senior Research Seminar
or EESC BC3801 Senior Research Seminar
EESC W3901 Environmental Science Senior Seminar

Breadth and Related Fields Requirement

A minimum of 6 points (two courses) chosen with the major adviser are required.

Breadth and related field courses are science courses relevant for an environmental science major that do not require an environmental science background. Several such courses are offered at the 2000-, 3000- and 4000-level in the department and at Barnard. Examples include:

EESC W3010 Field Geology
EESC BC3017 Environmental Data Analysis
EESC W4050 Global Assessment and Monitoring Using Remote Sensing
EESC W4600 Earth Resources and Sustainable Development
EESC W4917 Earth/Human Interactions

Also included among breadth and related fields courses are science, mathematics, statistics, and engineering courses offered by other departments that count toward fulfilling degree requirements in those departments.

Depth Requirement

A minimum of 9 points (three courses) chosen with the major adviser to provide depth in the field of environmental science.

These courses build on the foundation and supporting courses listed above and provide a coherent focus in some area of environmental science. Students should include at least one of the following in their course of study:

EESC V3101
or EESC V3201

Areas of focus include one of the courses listed above and two or more additional courses. Students are not required to specialize in a focus area, but examples are given below for those who choose to do so.

Environmental Geology
EESC W4076 Geologic Mapping
EESC W4480 Paleobiology and Earth System History
EAEE E3221 Environmental geophysics
It is recommended that students focusing in environmental geology also take EESC W4050 Remote Sensing.
Environmental Geochemistry
EESC W3015 The Earth's Carbon Cycle
EESC W4885 The Chemistry of Continental Waters
EESC W4887 Isotope Geology I
EESC W4888 Isoptope Geology II
EESC W4924
EESC W4926 Principles of Chemical Oceanography
Hydrology
EESC W4076 Geologic Mapping
EESC W4835 Wetlands and Climate Change
EESC W4885 The Chemistry of Continental Waters
EESC BC3025 Hydrology
EAEE E3221 Environmental geophysics
Climate Change
EESC W3015 The Earth's Carbon Cycle
EESC W4008 Introduction to Atmospheric Science
EESC W4330 Introduction to Terrestrial Paleoclimate
EESC W4480 Paleobiology and Earth System History
EESC W4835 Wetlands and Climate Change
EESC W4920 Paleoceanography
It is recommended that students focusing in environmental geology also take EESC W4050 Remote Sensing.
Energy and Resources
EESC W4076 Geologic Mapping
EESC W4701 Introduction to Igneous Petrology
EAEE E2002 Alternative energy resources

Concentration in Earth Science

Please read Guidelines for all Earth and Environmental Sciences Majors, Concentrators, and Special Concentrators above.

The concentration in earth science requires a minimum of 25 points, distributed as follows:

Foundation Courses

EESC V2200 Earth's Environmental Systems: Solid Earth
EESC V2100 Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate
or EESC V2300 Earth's Environmental Systems: Life Systems

Supporting Mathematics and Science Courses

Two science or mathematics courses (6-7 points) selected from among those listed for the earth science major above.

Depth and Breadth and Related Fields Requirements

A minimum of 10 points (typically three courses) is required as follows:

EESC V3101
or EESC V3201
One additional course chosen from those listed under Depth Requirement for the earth science major above.
The third course selected from those listed under either Depth Requirement or Breadth and Related Fields Requirement for the earth science major above.

Concentration in Environmental Science

Please read Guidelines for all Earth and Environmental Sciences Majors, Concentrators, and Special Concentrators above.

The concentration in environmental science requires a minimum of 25.5 points, distributed as follows:

Foundation Courses

EESC V2200 Earth's Environmental Systems: Solid Earth
EESC V2100 Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate
EESC V2300 Earth's Environmental Systems: Life Systems

Supporting Mathematics and Science Courses

Two science or mathematics courses (6-7 points) selected from among those listed for the environmental science major above.

Depth and Breadth and Related Fields Requirements

A minimum of 6 points (two courses) is required as follows:

EESC V3101
or EESC V3201
One additional course selected from those listed under either Depth Requirement or Breadth and Related Fields Requirement for the environmental science major above.

Special Concentration in Environmental Science for Majors in Environmental Biology

Please read Guidelines for all Earth and Environmental Sciences Majors, Concentrators, and Special Concentrators above.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences sponsors a special concentration which must be done in conjunction with the environmental biology major. Students should be aware that they must complete the environmental biology major in order to receive credit for the special concentration.

The special concentration in environmental science requires a minimum of 31.5 points, distributed as follows:

Introductory Environmental Science (13.5 points)

EESC V2100 Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate
EESC V2200 Earth's Environmental Systems: Solid Earth
EESC V2300 Earth's Environmental Systems: Life Systems

Introductory Science (6 points)

Two courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, or environmental biology from the supporting mathematics and science list for the environmental science major above.

Advanced Environmental Science (12 points)

Four courses at the 3000-level or above chosen from those recommended for the environmental science major above.

Advanced courses used to fulfill requirements in the environmental biology major cannot count toward requirements for the special concentration.


Special Concentration in Environmental Biology for Majors in Environmental Science

Please read Guidelines for all Earth and Environmental Sciences Majors, Concentrators, and Special Concentrators above.

The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology sponsors a special concentration which must be done in conjunction with the environmental science major. Students should be aware that they must complete the environmental science major in order to receive credit for the special concentration.

The special concentration in environmental biology requires a minimum of 39 points, distributed as follows:

Introductory Environmental Biology and Environmental Science (17 points)

EEEB W2001 Environmental Biology I: Elements to Organisms
EEEB W2002 Environmental Biology II: Organisms to the Biosphere (equivalent to EESC V2300)
EESC V2100 Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate
EESC V2200 Earth's Environmental Systems: Solid Earth

Introductory Science (13 points)

Select one of the following chemistry sequences:
General Chemistry I (Lecture)
   and General Chemistry II ( Lecture)
Second Semester General Chemistry (Intensive)
   and Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory
One term of statistics such as the following:
Introduction to Statistics (without calculus)
Introduction to Statistics (with calculus)
Statistics and Research Design
Introduction to Statistics for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
EEEB W3087 Conservation Biology

Advanced Environmental Biology (9 points)

Three additional advanced EEEB courses (3000-level and above), each chosen from a different curricular area (evolution/genetics, ecology/behavior/conservation, anatomy/physiology/diversity, biology laboratory courses).

Advanced courses used to fulfill requirements in the environmental science major cannot count toward requirements for the special concentration.

Sustainable Development

Students interested in sustainable development should refer to the Sustainable Development section in this Bulletin.

Students interested in sustainable development should refer to the Sustainable Development section in this Bulletin.

Fall 2014

EESC V1003 Climate and Society: Case Studies. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Explores a series of environmental hazards (ozone depeletion, El Nino, global warming) as examples of risk management. For each module, students will learn the scientific principles underlying each hazard and then will examine how social and economic policies were developed amd implemented to mitigate the perceived risk.

Fall 2014: EESC V1003
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 1003 001/28865 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
603 Schermerhorn Hall
Peter deMenocal 3 44

EESC V1011 Earth: Origin, Evolution, Processes, Future. 4 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, Lab Required

What is the nature of our planet and how did it form?  This class explores Earth's internal structure, its dynamical character expressed in plate tectnics and earthquakes, and its climate system. It also explores what Earth's future  may hold. Lecture and lab. Students who wish to take only the lectures should register for V1411.

Fall 2014: EESC V1011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 1011 001/62348 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
603 Schermerhorn Hall
Maria Tolstoy 4 16
EESC 1011 001/62348 Th 4:10pm - 7:00pm
558 Schermerhorn Hall
Maria Tolstoy 4 16

EESC V1411 Earth: Origin, Evolution, Processes, Future: Lectures. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

The lectures of V1011. What is the nature of our planet and how did it form? This class explores Earth's internal structure, its dynamical character expressed in plate tectonics and earthquakes, and its climate system. It also explores what Earth's future may hold.

Fall 2014: EESC V1411
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 1411 001/22794 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
603 Schermerhorn Hall
Maria Tolstoy 3 20

EESC W4600 Earth Resources and Sustainable Development. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, Discussion Section Required

Prerequisites: None; high school chemistry recommended.

Survey of the origin and extent of mineral resources, fossil fuels, and industrial materials, that are non renewable, finite resources, and the environmental consequences of their extraction and use, using the textbook Earth Resources and the Environment, by James Craig, David Vaughan and Brian Skinner. This course will provide an overview, but will include focus on topics of current societal relevance, including estimated reserves and extraction costs for fossil fuels, geological storage of CO2, sources and disposal methods for nuclear energy fuels, sources and future for luxury goods such as gold and diamonds, and special, rare materials used in consumer electronics (e.g., “Coltan”, mostly from Congo) and in newly emerging technologies such as superconducting magnets and rechargeable batteries (e.g., heavy rare earth elements, mostly from China). Guest lectures from economists, commodity traders and resource geologists will provide “real world” input.

Fall 2014: EESC W4600
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4600 001/72676 T 11:40am - 12:55pm
603 Schermerhorn Hall
Peter Kelemen 3 22
EESC 4600 001/72676 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
312 Mathematics Building
Peter Kelemen 3 22
Fall 2015: EESC W4600
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4600 001/71671 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Peter Kelemen 3 0

EESC V2100 Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate. 4.5 points.

BC: Partial Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Laboratory Science (SCI)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)., Lab Required

Prerequisites: High school algebra. Recommended preparation: High school chemistry/physics, and one semester college science. Enrollment limited.

Studies formation of winds, storms, and ocean currents. Recent influence of human activity: global warming, and climate change. Laboratory exploration of topics through demonstrations, experimentation, computer data analysis, and modeling.

Fall 2014: EESC V2100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 2100 001/75588 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
517 Hamilton Hall
Jerry McManus, Tiffany Shaw 4.5 53
EESC 2100 001/75588 W 4:10pm - 7:00pm
558 Schermerhorn Hall
Jerry McManus, Tiffany Shaw 4.5 53

EESC V2200 Earth's Environmental Systems: Solid Earth. 4.5 points.

BC: Partial Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Laboratory Science (SCI)., Lab Required

Studies plate tectonics: Origin and development of continents, ocean basins, mountain systems on land and sea. Earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, diamonds, oil. Land-use planning for resource development and conservation. Laboratory exploration of topics through demonstrations, experimentation, computer data analysis, and modeling.

Fall 2014: EESC V2200
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 2200 001/16828 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
603 Schermerhorn Hall
Alberto Malinverno, Maria Tolstoy 4.5 30
EESC 2200 001/16828 T 4:10pm - 7:00pm
558 Schermerhorn Hall
Alberto Malinverno, Maria Tolstoy 4.5 30

EESC BC3800 Senior Research Seminar. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to senior majors (juniors with permission of the instructor). Provides credit for the senior thesis. The Senior Research Seminar cand be taken Spring/Fall or Fall/Spring sequence.

Guided, independent, in-depth research culminating in the senior thesis in the spring. Includes discussion about scientific presentations and posters, data analysis, library research methods and scientific writing. Students review work in progress and share results through oral reports. Weekly seminar to review work in progress and share results through oral and written reports. Prerequisite to EESCW3901.

Fall 2014: EESC BC3800
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 3800 001/05632 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Martin Stute 3 43

EESC W2330 Science for Sustainable Development. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Provides an introduction to natural science approaches essential to understanding central issues of sustainable development. Topics may include: climate, ecology/agriculture/biodiversity, energy, natural disasters, population dynamics, public health and water resources. Treatment includes background, methods and applications from selected settings throughout the world. Taught by specialists in a number of fields.

Fall 2014: EESC W2330
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 2330 001/61957 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
209 Havemeyer Hall
John Mutter, Kevin Griffin 3 77
Fall 2015: EESC W2330
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 2330 001/10732 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
John Mutter 3 0

EESC W3000 Tutorial Study in Earth and Environmental Sciences. 1-3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: declared major in Earth and environmental sciences and the department's permission.

Students with particular interest in one of the many components of the Earth and environmental sciences should approach a director of undergraduate studies during the registration period so that tutorial-level exposure to the subject can be arranged. Each point requires two hours each week of readings, discussion, and research work under the close supervision of a member of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, American Museum of Natural History, or Goddard Institute for Space Studies. In consultation with the supervisor, the student selects a topic for intensive study and the time and place of the tutorial discussion sessions. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 12 points, with a maximum of 6 points with each staff member. 

Fall 2014: EESC W3000
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 3000 001/61896  
Natalie Boelman 1-3 1
EESC 3000 002/96254  
Nicholas Christie-Blick 1-3 1/1

EESC W4008 Introduction to Atmospheric Science. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: advanced calculus and general physics, or the instructor's permission.

Basic physical processes controlling atmospheric structure: thermodynamics; radiation physics and radiative transfer; principles of atmospheric dynamics; cloud processes; applications to Earth's atmospheric general circulation, climatic variations, and the atmospheres of the other planets. 

Fall 2014: EESC W4008
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4008 001/68791 Th 10:10am - 12:40pm
558 Schermerhorn Hall
Lorenzo Polvani 3 20
Fall 2015: EESC W4008
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4008 001/76985 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Lorenzo Polvani 3 0

EESC W4050 Global Assessment and Monitoring Using Remote Sensing. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, Lab Required

Prerequisites: Calculus I and Physics I & II are required for Undergraduates who wish to take this course.

Enrollment limited to 24 students. General introduction to fundamentals of remote sensing; electromagnetic radiation, sensors, interpretation, quantitative image analysis and modeling. Example applications in the Earth and environmental sciences are explored through the analysis of remote sensing imagery in a state-or-the-art visualization laboratory. Priority given to graduate students in the natural sciences and engineering. Advanced level undergraduates may be admitted with instructor's permission. 

Fall 2014: EESC W4050
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4050 001/27262 Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
417 Schermerhorn Hall
Christopher Small 3 15/24
EESC 4050 001/27262 F 9:00am - 11:00am
558 Schermerhorn Hall
Christopher Small 3 15/24
Fall 2015: EESC W4050
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4050 001/65023 F 9:00am - 10:45am
Room TBA
Christopher Small 3 0/24

EESC W4330 Introduction to Terrestrial Paleoclimate. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Given in alternate years. An overview of the archives in which evidence of terrestrial paleoclimate is preserved, the approaches to developing and applying proxies of climate from these archives, approaches for constraining the time represented by the information, and interpretations that have been developed from such archives. Important archives to be included are ice cores, caves, wetlands, lakes, trees, and moraines. The time interval covered will be mostly the last few tens of thousand years, and chronometers based on radiocarbon, U-series and surface exposure dating will be presented. The course will consist of a formal lecture on one day and a recitation on the second day which will emphasize examples and problem solving. 

Fall 2014: EESC W4330
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4330 001/19314 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
555 Schermerhorn Hall
Wallace Broecker, Jorg Schaefer 3 17

EESC W4887 Isotope Geology I. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement
Given in alternate years.

Prerequisites: Basic background in chemistry and physics.

Introduction to nuclear and radiochemistry, origin of the chemical elements, principles of radiometric dating, processes responsible for the chemical makeup of the solar system and the Earth. 

Fall 2014: EESC W4887
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4887 001/25149 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
558 Schermerhorn Hall
Steven Goldstein 3 18

EESC W4917 Earth/Human Interactions. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Enrollment: limited to 20. Priority given to senior natural and social science majors, then graduate students. Based upon the most current understanding of our planet our interactions, and how we make decisions,  a new knowledge-based "green" framework is developed for our relationship to our planet and to each other as well as its general implications for human stewardship of our planet. This new knowledge-based  framework is explored using case studies, class participation, and  term papers on  specific current scientific and policy issues like global warming that impact the sustainability and resilience of our planet. 

Fall 2014: EESC W4917
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4917 001/27311 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
555 Schermerhorn Hall
Peter Eisenberger 3 14
Fall 2015: EESC W4917
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4917 001/68700 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Peter Eisenberger 3 0

EESC W4925 Principles of Physical Oceanography. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: a solid background in mathematics, physics, and chemistry.

Physical properties of seawater, water masses and their distribution, sea-air interaction influence on the ocean structure, basic ocean circulation pattern, relation of diffusion and advection with respect to distribution of ocean properties, ocean tides and waves, turbulence, and introduction to ocean dynamics. 

Fall 2014: EESC W4925
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4925 001/71246 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
555 Schermerhorn Hall
Arnold Gordon, Ryan Abernathey 3 17
Fall 2015: EESC W4925
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4925 001/68871 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Arnold Gordon, Ryan Abernathey 3 0

EESC BC1001 Environmental Science I. 4.5 points.

Lab Required

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. Students must also sign up for the corresponding lab course, EESC BC1011 to receive credit. Note BC1001 is not required for an environmental policy major. Laboratory fee $30.

Integrated study of the Hudson River ecosystem and local environment with emphasis on its natural history, physical dynamics, chemistry and pollutant history, energy flow and nutrient cycling and the structure and functioning of ecosystems, and the causes and impact of climate change. Includes readings from Robert Boyle's The Hudson River: A Natural and Unnatural History, Rachel Carson's "Flood Tide", Farley Mowat's Never Cry Wolf, and Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams.

Fall 2014: EESC BC1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 1001 001/04606 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
202 Altschul Hall
Peter Bower 4.5 102
EESC 1001 002/04686 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
202 Altschul Hall
Peter Bower 4.5 0

EESC BC1011 Environmental Science Science I Lab. 0 points.

Lab Required

Corequisites: EESC BC1001

Students enrolled in EESC BC1001 must enroll in this required lab course.

Fall 2014: EESC BC1011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 1011 001/09034 M 10:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch 0 13/14
EESC 1011 002/07718 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch 0 14/14
EESC 1011 003/05463 T 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch 0 13/14
EESC 1011 004/02441 W 9:00am - 11:50am
Room TBA
Sedelia Rodriguez 0 14/14
EESC 1011 005/00796 W 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Sedelia Rodriguez 0 14/14
EESC 1011 006/08031 Th 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch 0 14/14
EESC 1011 007/04687 F 9:00am - 11:50am
Room TBA
Sedelia Rodriguez 0 9/14
EESC 1011 008/09248 F 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Sedelia Rodriguez 0 11/14

EESC BC3013 Shorelines. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. Four required field trips that take a substantial portion of the day.

An interdisciplinary study of shoreline processes, the larger ecosystems of which they are a part, and the geologic events and human impacts that have brought them through time to their current state. A problem-oriented, field-methods course, providing hands-on experience with tools and observational methods in a variety of outdoor environments. Involves sampling and measurement techniques for rocks and minerals, fossils, water, soil, flora, and fauna, as well as field and laboratory work, data interpretation and analysis, and the creation of a sample collection. Emphasis on the writing process through the reading of Rachel Carson's The Edge of the Sea, a daylong field trip to Montauk Point, and the writing of a term essay on the natural history and origin of a grain of garnet found at the top of the dune at Napeague Bay.

Fall 2014: EESC BC3013
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 3013 001/08235 F 9:00am - 12:00pm
303 Altschul Hall
Peter Bower 3 7/8

EESC BC3016 Environmental Measurements. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. Required field trip on first Friday of the semester.

Hands-on approach to learning environmental methods. Students take a one-day cruise on the Hudson River to collect environmental samples. These samples are then analyzed throughout the semester to characterize the Hudson River estuary. Standard and advanced techniques to analyze water and sediment samples for nutrients and contaminants are taught.

Fall 2014: EESC BC3016
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 3016 001/06038 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
18 Lehman Hall
Brian Mailloux 3 8/12

EESC BC3017 Environmental Data Analysis. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).

Prerequisites: One year of college science or EESC V2100 or permission of the instructor.

Acquisition, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of environmental data, assessment of spatial and temporal variability. Focus on water quality issues and storm surges. Uses existing and student-generated data sets. Basic principles of statistics and GIS, uses standard software packages including EXCEL and ArcGIS. Includes a half-day field trip on a Saturday or Sunday. General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).

Fall 2014: EESC BC3017
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 3017 001/03873 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
18 Lehman Hall
Frank Nitsche 3 24/24

EESC BC3043 Water, Sanitation, and Health. 3 points.

This course focuses on understanding water, sanitation and health in the developing world and how these factors interact to afect people's lives.  Specifically, what are the options for providing cleaner water and improved sanitation in order to reduce the incidence of waterborne diseases in the developing world?

Fall 2014: EESC BC3043
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 3043 001/07713 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
530 Altschul Hall
Brian Mailloux 3 27

EESC BC3300 Workshop in Sustainable Development. 4 points.

Students address real-world issues in sustainable development by working in groups for an external client agency.  Instruction in communication, collaboration, and management; meetings with and presentations to clients and academic community.  Projects vary from year to year.  Readings in the course are project-specific and are identified by the student research teams.

Fall 2014: EESC BC3300
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 3300 001/05986 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Martin Stute 4 8/10
EESC 3300 002/04398 Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Martin Stute 4 8/10

Of Related Interest

Environmental Science (Barnard)
EESC BC3017 Environmental Data Analysis
EESC BC3025 Hydrology
EESC BC3200 Ecotoxicology
Physics
PHYS W3018 Weapons of Mass Destruction

Spring 2015

EESC BC3801 Senior Research Seminar. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to senior majors (juniors with permission of the instructor). Provides credit for the senior thesis. The Senior Research Seminar cand be taken Spring/Fall or Fall/Spring sequence.

Guided, independent, in-depth research culminating in the senior thesis in the spring. Includes discussion about scientific presentations and posters, data analysis, library research methods and scientific writing. Students review work in progress and share results through oral reports. Weekly seminar to review work in progress and share results through oral and written reports. Prerequisite to EESCW3901.

Spring 2015: EESC BC3801
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 3801 001/03167 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Martin Stute 3 22

EESC V1053 Planet Earth. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: High school science and mathematics.

Enrollment limited to 50. How the Earth works. The unifying concept of plate tectonics is used to examine surface and internal processes in the Earth, including earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain-building, ridge-axis hot springs, formation of continents, renewable and non-renewable energy.

Spring 2015: EESC V1053
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 1053 001/16228 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
558 Schermerhorn Hall
Roger Anderson 3 38/50
Spring 2016: EESC V1053
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 1053 001/70915 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
3 0/50

EESC W1001 Dinosaurs and the History of Life: Lectures and Lab. 4 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, Lab Required

Prerequisites: Suggested preparation: basic high school science and math.

Given in alternate years. Suggested preparation: basic high school science and math. Lab is a hands-on introduction to geochronology, paleontology, and historical geology with field trips. (See V1401 for lectures only.) Dinosaurs: a spectacular example of a common, highly successful form of life, dominant for 135 million years. Where did they come from? Why were they so successful? Why did they die out? A basic introduction to interface between geology and biology. Science requirement: Partial Fulfullment

Spring 2015: EESC W1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 1001 001/92078 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
517 Hamilton Hall
Paul Olsen 4 20
EESC 1001 001/92078 M 4:10pm - 7:00pm
603 Schermerhorn Hall
Paul Olsen 4 20

EESC W1010 Geological Excursion To Death Valley, Ca. 2 points.

Discussion Section Required

Enrollment limited to 20. The trip is restricted to first-years and sophomores from Columbia College/General Studies, Barnard College, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Early application is advised, and no later than November 7. A spring-break excursion focused on the geology of Death Valley and adjacent areas of the eastern California desert. Discussion sessions ahead of the trip provide necessary background. Details at: http://eesc.columbia.edu/courses/v1010/  Discussion Section Required.

Spring 2015: EESC W1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 1010 001/15946 F 7:00pm - 9:00pm
558 Schermerhorn Hall
Nicholas Christie-Blick 2 20

EESC W1201 Environmental Risks and Disasters. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, Discussion Section Required

Prerequisites: High school science and math.

First-years and sophomores will have priority. An introduction to risks and hazards in the environment. Different types of hazards are analyzed and compared: natural disasters, such as tornados, earthquakes, and meteorite impacts; acute and chronic health effects caused by exposure to radiation and toxic substances such as radon, asbestos, and arsenic; long-term societal effects due to environmental change, such as sea level rise and global warming. Emphasizes the basic physical principles controlling the hazardous phenomena and develops simple quantitative methods for making scientifically reasoned assessments of the threats (to health and wealth) posed by various events, processes, and exposures. Discusses methods of risk mitigation and sociological, psychological, and economic aspects of risk control and management.

Spring 2015: EESC W1201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 1201 001/27046 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
603 Schermerhorn Hall
Goran Ekstrom 3 11

EESC W2100 Earth's Environmental Systems: The Climate System. 4.5 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)., Lab Required

Prerequisites: high school algebra. Recommended preparation: high school chemistry and physics.

Priority given to Columbia and Barnard earth science, environmental science, and environmental biology majors should enrollment limits  be reinstated. Origin and development of the atmosphere and oceans, formation of winds, storms and ocean currents, reasons for changes through geologic time. Recent influence of human activity: the ozone hole, global warming, water pollution. Laboratory exploration of topics through demonstrations, experimentation, computer data analysis, and modeling.

Spring 2015: EESC W2100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 2100 001/99696 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
963 Ext Schermerhorn Hall
Mingfang Ting, Gisela Winckler 4.5 28
EESC 2100 001/99696 T 4:10pm - 7:00pm
558 Schermerhorn Hall
Mingfang Ting, Gisela Winckler 4.5 28
Spring 2016: EESC W2100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 2100 001/18944 T 4:10pm - 7:00pm
Room TBA
Mingfang Ting, Gisela Winckler 4.5 0

EESC W2200 Earth's Environmental Systems: The Solid Earth System. 4.5 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, BC: Partial Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Laboratory Science (SCI)., Lab Required

Prerequisites: high school algebra and chemistry. Recommended preparation: high school physics.

Priority given to Columbia and Barnard earth science, environmental science, and environmental biology majors should enrollment limits be necessary. A course on how the solid Earth works, today and in the past, focusing on Earth in the Solar system, continents and oceans, the Earth's history, minerals and rocks, weathering and erosion, hydrological cycle and rivers, geochronology, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, fossil fuels. Laboratory exploration of topics through examination of rock samples, computer data analysis, field exercises, and modeling.

Spring 2015: EESC W2200
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 2200 001/16247 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
603 Schermerhorn Hall
Steven Goldstein, Sidney Hemming 4.5 41
EESC 2200 001/16247 T 4:10pm - 7:00pm
603 Schermerhorn Hall
Steven Goldstein, Sidney Hemming 4.5 41
Spring 2016: EESC W2200
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 2200 001/11774 T 4:10pm - 7:00pm
Room TBA
Alberto Malinverno, Maria Tolstoy 4.5 0

EESC W2300 Earth's Environmental Systems: The Life System. 4.5 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, BC: Partial Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Laboratory Science (SCI)., Lab Required

Prerequisites: high school algebra. Recommended preparation: high school chemistry and physics.

Priority given to Columbia and Barnard earth science, environmental science, and environmental biology majors should enrollment limits be reinstated. Role of life in biogeochemical cycles, relationship of biodiversity and evolution to the physical Earth, vulnerability of ecosystems to environmental change; causes and effects of extinctions through geologic time (dinosaurs and mammoths) and today. Exploration of topics through laboratories, demonstrations, computer data analysis and modeling. REQUIRED: Lab EESC V2310.  Students should see the Directory of Classes for lab sessions being offered and select one.

Spring 2015: EESC W2300
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 2300 001/11700 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
517 Hamilton Hall
Paul Olsen, Matthew Palmer, Natalie Boelman 4.5 27

EESC W2310 Earth's Environmental Systems: The Life System Required Lab: Sections 001, 002, 003, 004,005. 0 points.

Lab Required
Required Lab for V2300

This three hour lab is required of all students who enroll in EESC W2300. There are currently five lab sections.

Spring 2015: EESC W2310
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 2310 001/23748 W 4:10pm - 7:00pm
603 Schermerhorn Hall
Paul Olsen, Natalie Boelman 0 23/24
EESC 2310 002/27197 W 4:10pm - 7:00pm
555 Schermerhorn Hall
Paul Olsen, Natalie Boelman 0 8/24
EESC 2310 003/23330 W 4:10pm - 7:00pm
417 Schermerhorn Hall
Paul Olsen, Natalie Boelman 0 1/24
EESC 2310 004/88016 Th 4:10pm - 7:00pm
603 Schermerhorn Hall
Paul Olsen, Natalie Boelman 0 22/24
EESC 2310 005/65945 Th 4:10pm - 7:00pm
555 Schermerhorn Hall
Paul Olsen, Natalie Boelman 0 6/24
Spring 2016: EESC W2310
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 2310 001/63930 W 4:10pm - 7:00pm
Room TBA
Paul Olsen, Natalie Boelman 0 0/24
EESC 2310 002/13255 W 4:10pm - 7:00pm
Room TBA
Paul Olsen, Natalie Boelman 0 0/24
EESC 2310 003/16173 W 4:10pm - 7:00pm
Room TBA
Paul Olsen, Natalie Boelman 0 0/24
EESC 2310 004/20221 Th 4:10pm - 7:00pm
Room TBA
Paul Olsen, Natalie Boelman 0 0/24
EESC 2310 005/72107 Th 4:10pm - 7:00pm
Room TBA
Paul Olsen, Natalie Boelman 0 0/24

EESC W3000 Tutorial Study in Earth and Environmental Sciences. 1-3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: declared major in Earth and environmental sciences and the department's permission.

Students with particular interest in one of the many components of the Earth and environmental sciences should approach a director of undergraduate studies during the registration period so that tutorial-level exposure to the subject can be arranged. Each point requires two hours each week of readings, discussion, and research work under the close supervision of a member of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, American Museum of Natural History, or Goddard Institute for Space Studies. In consultation with the supervisor, the student selects a topic for intensive study and the time and place of the tutorial discussion sessions. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 12 points, with a maximum of 6 points with each staff member. 

Fall 2014: EESC W3000
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 3000 001/61896  
Natalie Boelman 1-3 1
EESC 3000 002/96254  
Nicholas Christie-Blick 1-3 1/1

EESC W3201 Solid Earth Dynamics. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: Any 1000-level or 2000-level EESC course; MATH V1101 (Calculus I) and PHYS V1201 (General Physics I) or their equivalents. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS V12101 is acceptable with permission of the instructor.

Properties and processes affecting the evolution and behavior of the solid Earth. This course will focus on the geophysical processes that build mountains and ocean basins, drive plate tectonics, and otherwise lead to a dynamic planet.  Topics include heat flow and mantle circulation, earthquakes and seismic waves, gravity, Earth's magnetic field, and flow of glaciers and ice sheets.

Spring 2015: EESC W3201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 3201 001/81550 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
555 Schermerhorn Hall
Goran Ekstrom 3 14
Spring 2016: EESC W3201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 3201 001/27595 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Meredith Nettles 3 0

EESC W4076 Geologic Mapping. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: Permission from instructor to register for this course.

Fieldwork on weekends in April and two weeks in mid-May immediately following the end of examinations. Enrollment limited. Estimated expense: $250. The principles and practices of deciphering geologic history through the observation of rocks in the field, mapmaking, construction of geological cross-sections, and short written reports. Graduating undergraduate seniors may have to miss graduation. Please be advised.

EESC W4210 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: APMA E3101, APMA E3201 or equivalents and APPH E4200 or equivalent or permission from the instructor.

Fundamental concepts in the dynamics of rotating stratified flows. Geostrophic and hydrostatic balances, potential vorticity, f and beta plane approximations, gravity and Rossby waves, geostrophic adjustment and quasigeostrophy, baroclinic and barotropic instabilities.

Spring 2015: EESC W4210
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4210 001/80899 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
555 Schermerhorn Hall
Ryan Abernathey 3 6
Spring 2016: EESC W4210
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4210 001/70007 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Ryan Abernathey 3 0

EESC W4230 Crustal Deformation. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: introductory geology and one year of calculus. Recommended preparation: higher levels of mathematics.

Introduction to the deformation processes in the Earth's crust. Fundamental theories of stress and strain; rock behavior in both brittle and ductile fields; earthquake processes; ductile deformation; large-scale crustal contractional and extensional events.

Spring 2015: EESC W4230
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4230 001/62620 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
417 Schermerhorn Hall
Christopher Scholz, Benjamin Holtzman 3 9
Spring 2016: EESC W4230
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4230 001/66585 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Christopher Scholz 3 0

EESC W4630 Air-sea interaction. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: Solid background in mathematics,physics and chemistry. Some background in fluid mechanics (as in EESC W4925/APPH E4200)or instructor's permission.

An overview of oceanic and atmospheric boundary layers including fluxes of momentum, heat, mass, (eg., moisture salt) and gases between the ocean and atmosphere; vertical distribution of energy sources and sinks at the interface including the importance of surface currents; forced upper ocean dynamics, the role of surface waves on the air-sea exchange processes and ocean mixed layer processes.

Spring 2015: EESC W4630
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4630 001/64818 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
417 Schermerhorn Hall
Christopher Zappa 3 5

EESC W4888 Isoptope Geology II. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: Introductory Chemistry and Earth Science coursework.

Given in alternate years. This class will be an introduction to the field of stable isotope geochemistry and its application to environmental processes and problems. The utility of stable isotopes as tacers of environmental  processes will be examined with respect to the disciplines of paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, hydrology and hydrogeology. We will focus on the light elements and stable isotopes of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen in water, carbonates and organic compounds and why they fractionate in the environment.  Radiocarbon as a tracer and dating tool will alos be presented. The theoretical background for isotope fractionation will be discussed in class. The mechanics of how mass spectrometers analyze different isotope ratios will be explored during experiments in the laboratory at Lamont-Doherty. Additional key parts of the class will be a review of paper and student-lead reviews of published papers on relevant topics and a reveiw paper.

Spring 2015: EESC W4888
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4888 001/24592 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
506 Schermerhorn Hall
Braddock Linsley 3 8

EESC W4924 (Section 1) Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: Physics V1201, Chemistry C1403, Calculus III, or equivalent or permission from instructor. EESC V2100 preferred.

Physical and chemical processes determining atmospheric composition and the implications for climate and regional air pollution. Atmospheric evolution and human influence; basics of greenhouse effect, photolysis, reaction kinetics; atmospheric transport of trace species; stratospheric ozone chemistry; tropospheric hydrocarbon chemistry; oxidizing power, nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur, carbon, mercury cycles; chemistry-climate-biosphere interactions; aerosols, smog, acid rain. 

Spring 2015: EESC W4924 (Section 1)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4924 001/27301 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
417 Schermerhorn Hall
Arlene Fiore 3 12
Spring 2016: EESC W4924 (Section 1)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4924 001/14510 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Arlene Fiore, Baerbel Hoenisch 3 0

EESC W4926 Principles of Chemical Oceanography. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: Instsructor's permission for students without one year of chemistry. Course open to undergraduates with one year of chemistry.

Given in alternate years. Recommended preparation: a solid background in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Factors controlling the concentration and distribution of dissolved chemical species within the sea. Application of tracer and natural radioisotope methods to large-scale mixing of the ocean, the geological record preserved in marine sediments, the role of ocean processes in the global carbon cycle, and biogeochemical processes influencing the distribution and fate of elements in the ocean. 

Spring 2015: EESC W4926
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4926 001/18381 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
417 Schermerhorn Hall
Robert Anderson 3 23

EESC W4930 Earth's Oceans and Atmosphere. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: a good background in the physical sciences.

Physical properties of water and air. Overview of the stratification and circulation of Earth's ocean and atmosphere and their governing processes; ocean-atmosphere interaction; resultant climate system; natural and anthropogenic forced climate change.

Spring 2016: EESC W4930
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4930 001/69898 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Arnold Gordon 3 0

EESC W4937 Cenozoic Paleoceanography. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: College-level geology helpful but not required.

Given in alternate years. Enrollment limit: 20; EESC graduate students have priority. Introduces the physical, chemical and biological processes that govern how and where ocean sediments accumulate. Major topics addressed are: modes of biogenic, terrigenous and authigenic sedimentation, depositional environments, pore fluids and sediment geochemistry, diagenesis, as well as biostratigraphy and sediment stratigraphic principles and methods. Second half of the semester focuses on major events in Cenozoic paleoceanogrpahy and paleoclimatology including orbital control of climate, long-term carbon cycle, extreme climate regimes, causes of ice ages in Earth's history, human evolution, El Niño evolution, and long-term sea level history.

Spring 2015: EESC W4937
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 4937 001/71090 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
555 Schermerhorn Hall
Peter deMenocal, Maureen Raymo 3 13

Generally Alternate Year Courses

EESC W1001 Dinosaurs and the History of Life: Lectures and Lab
EESC W1401 Dinosaurs and the History of Life: Lectures
EESC W1201 Environmental Risks and Disasters
EESC W4085 Geodynamics
EESC W4300 The Earth's Deep Interior
EESC W3015 The Earth's Carbon Cycle
EESC W4009 Chemical Geology
EESC W4020 Humans and the Carbon Cycle
EESC W4040 Climate Thermodynamics and Energy Transfer
EESC W4090 Introduction to Geochronology and Thermochronology
EESC W4223 Sedimentary Geology
EESC W4330 Introduction to Terrestrial Paleoclimate
EESC W4550 Plant Ecophysiology
EESC W4630 Air-sea interaction
EESC W4701 Introduction to Igneous Petrology
EESC W4835 Wetlands and Climate Change
EESC W4885 The Chemistry of Continental Waters
EESC W4920 Paleoceanography
EESC W4923 Biological Oceanography
EESC W4925 Principles of Physical Oceanography
EESC W4929 Mixing and Dispersion in the Ocean
EESC W4947 Plate Tectonics
EESC W4949 Introduction to Seismology