Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Subject area Catalog # Title Description
EESC 109 Prin. of Environmental Science This course explores the major principals of environmental scienceand focuses upon environmental challenges and potential solutions in the 21st century.
EESC 112 Intro to Geology This course focuses on the exciting discoveries that have led to the current understanding of Earth. It details the origin and significance of minerals, rocks, fossils, volcanoes and earthquakes and their relationship to continental drift and plate tectonics. It also discusses the relationship of geological processes to human activities and environmental challenges.
EESC 114 Intro to Meteorology Offered in this course is a study of meteorological science through the analysis of atmospheric circulation of air masses and fronts, micrometeorology, cloud physics, as well as other energy relationships. Laboratory work and measurement of weather components are an integral part of the course.
EESC 115 Intro to Oceanography This course examines the physical, chemical, geological, and biological aspects of the oceans and their importance to humanity.
EESC 120 Water Explorer Water is essential for humans and all life on Earth.  This course is designed to introduce the interdisciplinary aspects of water.  Students will learn about the basic scientific principles of water resources, water quality, and water pollution, as well as social and economic issues related to water.
EESC 121 Mapping the City Mapping the City is a place-based course focusing upon important themes in our local, urban environment.  Students will use high technology (GIS/GPS) in an activity-based, hands-on atmosphere to GATHER, ANALYZE, and SYNTHESIZE data about their communities that will provide new insights, especially when paired or clustered with other disciplines.
EESC 130 Understanding Ethnic Conflict This course will investigate competing theories on the cause of conflict, examine the political behavior of ethnic groups, and analyze how domestic and international actors influence a country's ethnic divisions. The students will analyze documentary and drama films to supplement class material.
EESC 135 Our Planet Earth Planet Earth is home to human beings and millions of living species.  The Earth consists of the geosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, and the biosphere, which are interconnected.  This course will explore the basic principles of dynamic Earth processes, as well as complex interactions of the Earth's spheres.
EESC 204 Intro to Meteorology The principals and content of meteorology will be developed through a case study approach. That is, each student will be responsible for developing a station model for Jersey City and one other station - somewhere in the United States. The Jersey City model will be developed from direct observation and the other station will be developed from computer data.
EESC 209 Urban Envir Issues & Policy A holistic approach concerning challenges to the modern urban environment, with a local focus.  Technical issues are examined within the context of regulatory policy, including examples of both positive and negative environmental outcomes.  Field experiences present evidence of the effects of regulatory policy and decision making upon the urban environment.
EESC 211 Field Stud in Geos: Bahamas This is a field-oriented, 8- to 10-day course offered during Winter Intersession (alternate years). It examines the geology and biology associated within modern and ancient reef environments and the natural history of their surrounding coastal areas. Emphasis is placed upon human impacts to this fragile ecosystem. The role that reefs play in global systems-change will also be explored.
EESC 220 Geographies of Immigration Course investigates the multiple linkages between people and their surroundings.  In particular, it focuses on immigrant communities and the ways in which immigrants relate to places.  It considers the relationship between place and identity, the meaning of home, the division between public and private spaces, architecture and power relations.
EESC 221 Essential Methods of Geology This course details the hand-specimen properties, identification and interpretation of minerals as well as their crystal chemistry and crystallography. In addition, the course covers the basic pricipals involved in producing, reading, and interpreting topographic and geologic maps, contour diagrams, and other types of image surfaces.
EESC 225 Exper Meteorology & Oceanography This interdisciplinary research and field experience course extends and complements the concepts introduced in EESC 114 and 115. Lab and field exercises introduce students to modern data collection and interpretation techniques used to understand and predict the behavior of these complex systems.
EESC 226 Earth 360: Integrated Geography Course explores Earth's deep and surface processes, and examines landscapes of human activities.  It focuses on global patterns and processes, and their spatial and temporal variations at specific locations throughout the world.  Students also encompass environmental aspects of interactions between humans and their natural settings.
EESC 228 Experimental Meterology Basic research and field experiences in meteorology
EESC 231 Water Chronicles Water scarcities due to economic growth, ecosystem demands and climate change require integrative approaches to water use and management.  This class introduces students to the science of surface, ground and coastal waters as well as taking a case study approach to human and ecological needs for water and sustainable water management.
EESC 235 Global Climate Change This course introduces principles of Earth's climate systems, and discusses evidence for past, present and future climate changes.  Students examine natural and anthropogenic climate forcing agents, negative and positive feedback mechanisms.  The course focuses on social, historical and environmental aspects of climate change, and thus aims to promote climate-science literacy.
EESC 241 Historical Geology This course investigates geological and biological aspects of earth history as developed through the use of fossil evidence and the principals of stratigraphy, geochronology,and the geology of structures. Laboratory work and on-site field experiences are integral parts of this course.
EESC 246 Earth Materials This course deals with the description, analysis, and interpretation of Earth Materials. It details the methods used to identify the mineralogy and texture of volcanic, plutonic, and metamorphic rocks, their classification and interpretation, and the formation of major Igneous and metamorphic rock associations in relationship to plate tectonics.
EESC 250 Plunder: Race Natural Resources The race for natural resources has driven human civilization and conquest. Raw materials are found in different geological and geographical areas. This course will explore the geology behind these deposits and the ensuing environmental consequences of resource exploitation as a consequence of the rise and fall of empires.
EESC 252 GIS I: Contemp Appl of GIS Geographic Information Systems (GIS) computer technology allows one to store, retrieve, map, and analyze different types of data (scientific, political, cultural, and economic). GIS skills are utilized in a variety of job settings. This course presents the basic theory behind GIS and its applications in various disciplines.
EESC 317 Structural Geology This course focuses on linear, planar and three-dimensional deformation features in rocks, including folds and faults. It details their recognition, geometrical properties, classification, and genesis. The course covers the kinematic and dynamic processes that produce such features and their relationships to local, regional and global tectonic patterns through time. Laboratories and field projects allow students to refine tecniques for representing structures and for inferring the stresses and strains that generated them.
EESC 334 Stratigraphy An analysis of the sedimentary rock of the Earht's crust with respect to its distribution in time and space. Laboratories are devoted to studies of the contained flora, fauna, and principals of correlation.
EESC 336 Field Methods in Geoscience In this field-oriented course, both traditional and modern methods of locating, describing, and mapping field data are introduced. Lectures introduce concepts and techniques, and field exercises allow the students to develop mapping abilities that can be utilized in both urban and rural areas, in the field and in the office.
EESC 340 Hydrology I This course offers a study in the hydrological cycle, the physical, optical, and general characteristics of water and uses. Major types of pollution and their effect on the user, water supply, water resources, floods, and water management are covered.
EESC 341 Hydrology II This course is a continuation of EESC 340 with emphasis on aquifer hydraulics including principals of groundwater flow, geology of groundwater occurrence, regional groundwater flow, well hydraulics, groundwater quality and groundwater contamination, fiels methods and groundwater modeling techniques. Regulatory applications to groundwater are also studied.
EESC 348 Environmental Geology This course investigates the relationship between humanity and the geological environment. Emphasis is placed on humans as geologic agents and the consequences of human value systems with respect to earth resources.
EESC 349 Intro Hazmat Fld. Tech A course which will teach the fundamentals of field techniques for hazardous waste site investigations. Procedures for conducting Phase I and II Site Investigations, Preliminary Site Assessments, and Remedial Invesigation/feasibility Studies (RI/FS). The student will be instructed in the recognition, evaluation, and control of hazardous events. The basic principals of health and safety, including the use of personnel protection equipment, and basic response organization will also be presented. During the course, the student will recieve a 40-hour OSHA HAZMAT training and recieve a 40-hour OSHA certification.
EESC 350 GIS II: Contemp Analysis w/GIS This cours trains students in techniques needed to analyze spatial and non-spatial data. Computer lab exercises provide practical, hands-on experience.
EESC 410 Urban Soil Survey This course provides hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in field and laboratory settings to comprehend geological and hydrological functions of urban soils.  Physical, chemical, structural and textural properties of urban and natural soils are compared and contrasted to evaluate soil quality and relate quality to environmental sustainability.
EESC 434 Earth Surface  Processes This course explores a variety of landscapes and focuses upon the processes that have shaped, and continue to alter, the Earth's surface. It is an integrated, systems-oriented view of the evolution and properties of sedimentary systems and landscapes. Students study the interactions between landscapes and sediments, and how those sytems respond to a range of both naturally- and anthropogenically-induced disturbance events.
EESC 437 Environmental Health  
EESC 446 Introduction to Geochemistry This course is an in-depth study of the origin of the elements, the principals governing their presence in minerals, and the application of chemistry to mineral exploration.
EESC 447 Introduction to Geophysics This corse introduces the the application of the principals of physics to problems dealing with the age and temperature of the earth's crust, and phenomena related to seismology, orogeny, epiorogeny, and geomagnetism. The earth's density, gravity, and elasticity are also considered.
EESC 451 Guided Study in Geoscience (3) This study offers students the oppurtunity to engage in advanced study or research in which they develop and report on major individual research projects.
EESC 452 Guided Study in Geoscience (2) This study offers students the oppurtunity to engage in advanced study or research in which they develop and report on major individual research projects.
EESC 453 Guided Study in Geoscience (1) This study offers students the oppurtunity to engage in advanced study or research in which they develop and report on major individual research projects.
EESC 455 GIS: Modeling with GIS This course introduces advanced GIS users to geodatabase design and modeling techniques/applications.
EESC 503 Field Studies in Geoscience This is a field-oriented, 8- to 10-day course offered during Winter Intersession (alternate years). It examines the geology and biology associated within modern and ancient reef environments and the natural history of their surrounding coastal areas. Emphasis is placed upon human impacts to this fragile ecosystem. The role that reefs play in global systems-change will also be explored.
EESC 540 Geology of New Jersey A detailed study of New Jersey's geologic environment. Direct observations via field trips will be used to develop the theme of geologic modification of the state as well as earth history.
EESC 550 Geology of National Parks This course explores the geologic framework that underlies the geologic processes and principals of mountain-building, volcanism, stream erosion, glacial and shoreline processes and explains the geological history and features of selected National Parks, Monuments, and National Seashores. Lectures are supplemented with an 8- to 10-day field trip to localities of interest. Taught during the summer.

 

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