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Fall 2023 Class Schedule

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Course # Course Title Instructor Day/Time Lab
201 Earth: A Habitable Planet Bush TTh 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
390-0-02 Topics: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Level 1 Anderson TTh 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
390-0-06 Instrumentation and Field Methods Beddows TTh 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM W 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM OR W 4:00 PM - 5:50 PM
390-0-07 Topics: Urban Ecology Anderson TTh 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM M 11:00 AM - 2:50 PM


Course Descriptions 

201 – Earth: A Habitable Planet

This course provides an overview of the physical processes governing environmental systems, from the Earth's lithosphere to hydrosphere to atmosphere. We will cover internal and external sources of energy to the Earth system; the processes from tectonic to atmospheric that are driven by that energy; and some human impacts on the resulting environmental systems. Students will gain physical science perspectives on current debates about environmental issues, such as those over water resources, energy, and climate change.

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390-0-02 – Topics: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Level 1

Introduction to concepts underlying geographic information systems (GIS) and methods of managing and processing geographic information. Designed for students who have little background but want to learn the fundamentals and applications of GIS. Students will be exposed to both theoretical knowledge and technical skills in this course. Lab assignments and a project will promote students’ application of concepts and skills in solving real-world problems.

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390-0-06 – Topics: Instrumentation & Field Methods

Theory and practicum on electronic instrumentation for monitoring and measurement in earth sciences, including data loggers, conceptual design and construction of electronic sensors, signal processing, data management, and network design. 

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390-0-07 – Topics: Urban Ecology

Lecture: In this course, we will evaluate different aspects of the urban environment through the lens of a social-ecological system. Students will explore the principles of urbanization and examine how these changes influence hydrology, biogeochemistry, climate, and ecology. We will culminate with a unit on environmental justice and sustainability, discussing ways in which urban science helps solve the pressing challenges of today to improve life in the future. Lab: In this laboratory section, students will learn experimental design, field methods, and in urban ecology which they will use to conduct a research project in their community. Furthermore, students will participate in urban ecology field trips across Chicago that highlight themes of climate, hydrology, and environmental justice in local communities.

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