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Introductory Courses

All of the courses listed below are entry-level undergraduate courses offered through Earth Systems, Energy Resources Engineering, Earth System Science, Geological Sciences, and Geophysics.  Most have no prerequisites; many fulfill WAYS requirements.  

Autumn Quarter, 2016

Broad Introductory Exploration

Survey a major discipline in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and prepare for deeper inquiry. 

  • EARTHSYS 10: Introduction to Earth Systems (4 units. Satisfies GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA).
  • GEOPHYS 110: Introduction to the foundations of contemporary Geophysics (3 units. Satisfies GER: DB-NatSci,  WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA).
  • GS 4: Coevolution of Earth and Life (EARTHSYS 4) (EARTHSYS 4) (4 units. Satisfies GER:DBNatSci, WAY-SMA).

Introductory Field Studies

Gain field-based perspectives on topics in the Earth sciences as you learn with faculty and students in interesting and beautiful outdoor settings.

  • GS 5: Living on the Edge (1 unit, one weekend—dates TBA). 
  • GS 42N: Landscapes and Tectonics of the San Francisco Bay Area (4 units. Satisfies WAY-SMA, WAY-AQR).
  • GS 182: Field Trip to Cascade Volcanoes of California (1 unit, three-day field trip)

Focused Introductory Exploration

Explore topics of current interest in the Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.  No prerequisites required.

  • EARTHSYS 18: Promoting Sustainability Behavior Change at Stanford (2 units).
  • EARTHSYS 41N: The Global Warming Paradox (3 units.  Satisfies WAY-SMA).
  • EARTHSYS 144: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (ESS 164) (3-4 units. Satisfies GER:DB-NatSci).
  • EARTHSYS 180: Principles and Practices of Sustainable Agriculture (ESS 280) (3-4 units.  Satisfies WAY-SMA).
  • ENERGY 120: Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering (ENGR 120) (3 units. Satisfies GER: DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-FR, WAY-SMA).
  • GEOPHYS 60N: Man versus Nature: Coping with Disasters Using Space Technology (4 units. Satisfies GER: DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA).
  • GEOPHYS 130: Introductory Seismology (3 units. Satisfies GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA).
  • EDUCATION AS SELF-FASHIONING (ESF10): Unintended Consequences (7 units)
  • THINK 40: Sustainability Challenges and Transitions (4 units. Satisfies THINK, WAY-SMA).

Winter Quarter, 2017

Broad Introductory Exploration

Survey a major discipline in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and prepare for deeper inquiry.

  • EARTH 1A: Know Your Planet: Research Frontiers (1 unit).
  • EARTH 1B: Know Your Planet: Big Earth (1 unit).
  • GS 1: Introduction to Geology: The Physical Science of the Earth (5 units, Satisfies DB-NatSci, WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA)
  • EARTH 2: Climate and Society (3 units).
  • EARTHSYS 101: Energy and the Environment (ENERGY 101) (3 units, Satisfies GER: DB-EngAppSci,  WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA).

Focused Introductory Exploration

Explore topics of current interest in the Earth sciences.  No prerequisites required.

  • EARTHSYS 105A: Ecology and Natural History of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (BIO 105A) (4 units).  First of two-quarter sequence training program to join the Jasper Ridge education program.
  • EARTHSYS 185: Feeding Nine Billion (4-5 units, Satisfies WAY-AQR).
  • ENERGY 160: Modeling Uncertainty in the Earth Sciences (3 units, Satisfies WAY-AQR).
  • GS 128: Evolutionary History of Terrestrial Ecosystems (EARTHSYS 128) (4 units).
  • GS 43Q: Environmental Problems (3 units. Satisfies GER: DBNatSci).
  • GS 55Q: The California Gold Rush: Geologic Background and Environmental Impact (3 units. Satisfies GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA, Writing2).
  • GS 90: Introduction to Geochemistry (3-4 units. Satisfies GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA).
  • GEOPHYS 120: Ice, Water, Fire (3-5 units. Satisfies GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-FR, WAY-SMA). 

Spring Quarter, 2017

Broad Introductory Exploration

Survey a major discipline in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and prepare for deeper inquiry.

  • EARTH 1C: Know Your Planet: Science Outside (1 unit).

Introductory Field Studies

Gain field-based perspectives on topics in the Earth sciences as you learn with faculty and students in interesting and beautiful outdoor settings. 

  • GS 5: Living on the Edge (1 unit, one weekend—dates TBA). 
  • GS 105: Introduction to Field Methods (3 units. Satisfies WAY-SMA) (Course takes place in the field for two weeks at the beginning of summer. Two meetings during the quarter).
  • GS 184: Field Trip to Volcanoes of the Eastern Sierran Volcanism (1 unit, four-day trip over Memorial Day weekend).
  • ENERGY 101A: Energizing California Field Trip (Dates TBA) (1 unit) Contact Ryan Petterson (ryan.petterson@stanford.edu). 
  • EARTH 193: Natural Perspectives (May 27-30, Memorial Day weekend) (1 unit) Contact Richard Nevle (rnevle@stanford.edu)

Focused Introductory Exploration

Explore topics of current interest in the Earth sciences.  No prerequisites required unless course part of a sequence.

  • EARTHSYS 30: Ecology for Everyone (BIO 30) (4 units. Satisfies GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA).
  • EARTHSYS 46N: Exploring the Critical Interface between the Land and Monterey Bay: Elkhorn Slough (3 units. Satisfies WAY-SMA).
  • EARTHSYS 105B: Ecology and Natural History of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (BIO 105B) (4 units. Prerequisite EARTHSYS 105A).
  • EARTHSYS 107: Control of Nature (ESS 107) (3 units).
  • EARTHSYS 155: Science of Soils ( ESS155) (3-4 units. Satisfies GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA).
  • EARTHSYS 180: Principles and Practices of Sustainable Agriculture (ESS 280) (3-4 units. Satisfies WAY-SMA).
  • EARTHSYS 102: Fundamentals of Renewable Power (ENERGY 102) (3 units. Satisfies GER: DB-EngAppSci, WAY-SMA).
  • GS 59N: The Legacy of Fukushima Daiichi.
  • GEOPHYS 90: Earthquakes and Volcanoes (EARTHSYS 113) (3 units. Satisfies GER: DB-EngAppSci, WAY-SMA).  Check out this slideshow trailer for quick preview of what you'll learn about in Earthquakes and Volcanoes.
  • GEOPHYS 190: Near-Surface Geophysics (3 units. Satisfies DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA).

Summer 2017 & Autumn 2017 Opportunities