Earth and Environmental Sciences (EAES)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description General Education Category
EAES 101 Global Environmental Change 4 hours. Natural and anthropogenic controls on the structure and evolution of the earth's surface environment. Interactions among the Earth's solid surface, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere and human impacts on these processes. Field trip required at nominal fee.  Natural World - With Lab course.
EAES 111 Earth, Energy, and the Environment 4 hours. Nature and evolution of Earth from the scale of minerals and rocks to tectonic plates.  Earthquakes and volcanoes, their hazards and effects on humans.  Natural resources, sources of energy, and their environmental impacts. Previously listed as EAES 102. Field trip required at nominal fee.  Natural World - With Lab course.
EAES 180 Honors Earth and Environmental Sciences 1 hour. Provides honors students with the opportunity to explore in depth a topic treated in the concurrent lecture course. May be repeated up to 1 time(s). Students may register in more than one section per term. May be taken a total of 2 times, each time with concurrent registration in EAES 101 or EAES 111. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent registration in EAES 101 or EAES 111. Honors course.
EAES 200 Field Work in Missouri 2 hours. Field observations in the St. Francois Mountains and vicinity, southeast Missouri. Credit is given upon completion of assignments that include a satisfactory written report. Three two-hour meetings and one-week field trip during the spring vacation. Attendance at the class meetings are mandatory in order to maintain enrollment in the class. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better or concurrent registration in EAES 101 and grade of B or better or concurrent registration in EAES 111; or consent of the instructor. Registration may be limited if student is not majoring in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Natural World - With Lab course.
EAES 230 Earth Materials 4 hours. Introduction to physical and chemical properties of earth materials, as well as their distribution, through lectures and laboratory exercises. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in EAES 101 and grade of B or better in EAES 111; or consent of the instructor. 
EAES 285 Earth Systems 4 hours. Earth systems and global change; global processes, greenhouse gases and global warming; geologic hazards; energy and the environment; human impact on the physical environment; geology of waste management. Saturday field trip required at nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): EAES 101 and EAES 111; or consent of the instructor. 
EAES 290 Current Topics in Earth and Environmental Sciences 2 hours. Seminar on current issues in earth and environmental sciences. Introduction to reading, interpretation, and writing of scientific papers. Previously listed as EAES 390. Prerequisite(s): Completion of at least one 100-level course in earth and environmental sciences.
EAES 320 Mineralogy 4 hours. Structure, composition, occurrence, and identification of minerals and materials. Introduction to crystallography, optical mineralogy, crystal chemistry and X-ray diffraction. Applications to earth and environmental sciences. Previously listed as EAES 220. Prerequisite(s): EAES 111 and credit or concurrent registration in CHEM 112. 
EAES 350 Sedimentary Environments 3 hours. Characterization of sediments and sedimentary rocks, sediment transport, deposition and sedimentary structures, depositional environments. Stratigraphic principles, introductory sequence stratigraphy. Applied sedimentary geology. Field trips required at nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): EAES 230 and EAES 320; or consent of the instructor. 
EAES 360 Introduction to Paleontology 4 hours. The morphology, ecology, and relationships of fossil organisms. Basic principles of paleontology, including evolution, paleoecology and functional morphology. Same as BIOS 360. Field trip required at a nominal fee. One day field trip to collect fossils. Prerequisite(s): EAES 101 or EAES 111; or BIOS 100 and BIOS 101. 
EAES 396 Independent Research 2 TO 8 hours. Individual study under supervision of a faculty member in areas not covered in standard courses. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. A combined maximum of 6 hours of credit in EAES 396 and EAES 492 may be applied toward the degree. Independent research and a resulting undergraduate thesis are required for graduating with highest departmental distinction. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
EAES 400 Field Experience in Earth Sciences 1 TO 6 hours. Training in and application of field methods (geological, geochemical, and geophysical) to solution of problems in earth and environmental sciences. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Field work required. Students who wish to use EAES 400 to satisfy the summer course selective must register for at least 4 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.
EAES 410 Geochemistry 4 hours. Origin of elements. Principles of the distribution of elements in the earth's crust. Element partitioning between coexisting minerals. Thermodynamic considerations of mineral equilibria. Geochemistry of continental waters. Ocean geochemistry. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 114 or consent of the instructor. 
EAES 415 Environmental Geochemistry 4 hours. Origin and distribution of elements in the earth. Thermodynamics and kinetics of mineral-solution reactions. Behavior of stable and radioisotopes in geochemical processes. Prerequisite(s): EAES 230 and EAES 285; and CHEM 114; or consent of the instructor.
EAES 416 Organic Geochemistry 3 hours. Global carbon cycle, chemical composition of biogenic matter, sedimentology and diagenesis of organic matter, molecular fossils, geopolymers, fossil fuels, anthropogenic organic compounds, carbon isotope geochemistry. Prerequisite(s): EAES 230 or EAES 320; and CHEM 114 or CHEM 130; or consent of the instructor.
EAES 418 Introduction to Biogeochemistry 3 hours. Explores the interaction of the biosphere, geosphere, and atmosphere on Earth, with focus on biogeochemical cycles and the methods used to study them. Examination of conditions on early Earth and the changes brought by the introduction of life. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 112 and CHEM 114; and EAES 230 or EAES 285 or EAES 111; or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: BIOS 100 or BIOS 101.
EAES 422 Crystal Chemistry 3 OR 4 hours. The crystal chemistry, chemistry, phase equilibria, and properties of materials and minerals. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): EAES 320; or consent of the instructor.
EAES 430 Petrology 0 TO 4 hours. Igneous and metamorphic rock composition, classification, rock-forming processes. Description and interpretation of thin-sections. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): EAES 320 and CHEM 114; or consent of the instructor. 
EAES 440 Structural Geology and Tectonics 0 TO 4 hours. Elementary stress and strain relations; folds, fabrics and faults; deformation mechanisms; basic plate tectonic concepts with regional geological examples. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Required weekend field trip at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): EAES 111 or consent of the instructor. 
EAES 444 Geophysics 3 OR 4 hours. Introduction to basic principles of geophysics applicable for environmental problems and the solid earth including magnetics, electric, seismic, gravity, geophysical well logging, radioactivity and heat flow. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): EAES 111 or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Completion of introductory courses in physics and calculus.
EAES 448 Plate Tectonics 3 OR 4 hours. Basic concepts and recent developments including plate kinematics, marine magnetics and paleomagnetics, evolution of oceanic lithosphere, subduction zones and passive margins. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): EAES 111 or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Completion of introductory courses in physics and calculus.
EAES 455 Clastic Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy 4 hours. Processes, facies, and sedimentary architecture in fluvial, deltaic, coastal, and offshore marine clastic depositional environments. Relative sea-level change and its controls on the stratigraphic record. Basin and reservoir modeling. Field trips required at nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): EAES 350 or consent of the instructor. 
EAES 466 Principles of Paleontology 3 hours. Theory and methods of evolutionary paleobiology; includes paleoecology, functional morphology, and major features of organic evolution. Same as BIOS 466. Prerequisite(s): EAES 360 or consent of the instructor. 
EAES 470 Environmental Geomorphology 4 hours. Quantitative analysis of the mechanics, rates, and distribution of physical processes that modify Earth's and other planets' surfaces. Introduction to field, theoretical, and modelling approaches. Prerequisite(s): EAES 230 or EAES 285; and MATH 181; or consent of the instructor. 
EAES 475 Hydrology/Hydrogeology 0 TO 4 hours. The occurrence, storage, movement, and quality of water above, on and below the Earth's surface. Topics progress through atmospheric water vapor processes, Earth surface hydrology, and groundwater hydrology. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Field trip required at nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): EAES 101; and MATH 181; or consent of the instructor. 
EAES 480 Statistical Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences 0 TO 4 hours. Techniques of probability and data analysis as applied to problems in environmental sciences. Sampling, statistical inference, descriptive statistics, multivariate methods, time series analysis. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Completion of at least one 200- or 300-level course in the earth and environmental sciences or consent of the instructor. 
EAES 484 Planetary Science 3 hours. Explores how geologic processes are expressed on bodies in our solar system other than the Earth. Prerequisite(s): EAES 230 and EAES 285; or consent of the instructor.
EAES 488 Instrumental Analysis 3 hours. Scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive system. DC plasma analysis. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 114 and EAES 220; or consent of the instructor. 
EAES 492 Internship in the Earth and Environmental Sciences 1 hour. Off-campus participation in governmental or private-sector training program. Credit is contingent on submission of a final report. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated with approval. A combined maximum of 6 hours of credit in EAES 492 and EAES 396 may be applied toward the degree. Prerequisite(s):  Approval of the department.
EAES 494 Current Topics in Earth and Environmental Sciences 4 hours. Discussion of current research topics in earth and environmental sciences. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Senior standing and 12 hours of advanced courses in earth and environmental sciences.