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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, 2017

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) (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—October 14-15 or October 21-22). 
  • GS 42: Landscapes and Tectonics of the San Francisco Bay Area (4 units. Satisfies WAY-SMA, WAY-AQR).

Focused Introductory Exploration

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

  • EARTH 10: Design for a Habitable Planet (1 unit. Application required).
  • EARTHSYS 36N: Life at the Extremes: From the Deep Sea to Deep Space (3 units).
  • EARTHSYS 41N: The Global Warming Paradox (3 units.  Satisfies WAY-SMA).
  • EARTHSYS 61Q: Food and Security (ESS 61Q, INTNLREL 61Q) (3 units).
  • EARTHSYS 95: Liberation through Land: Organic Gardening and Racial Justice (CSRE 95) (2 units).
  • EARTHSYS 136: The Ethics of Stewardship (2-3 units. Satisfies WAY-ER if taken for 3 units).
  • 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 54N: The Space Mission to Europa (3 units, Satisfies 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, 2018

Broad Introductory Exploration

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

  • EARTH 1B: Know Your Planet: Big Earth (1 unit).
  • 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).
  • GS 1: Introduction to Geology: The Physical Science of the Earth (5 units, Satisfies DB-NatSci, WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA)

Focused Introductory Exploration

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

  • EARTHSYS 38N: The Worse Journey in the World: The Science, Literature, and History of Polar Exploration (ESS 38N, GS 38N) (3 units).
  • EARTHSYS 185: Feeding Nine Billion (4-5 units, Satisfies WAY-AQR).
  • ENERGY 160: Modeling Uncertainty in the Earth Sciences (3 units, Satisfies WAY-AQR).
  • GEOPHYS 70: The Water Course (EARTHSYS 104) (3 units. Satisfies GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA, WAY-AQR).
  • GS 14: Our National Parks (GS 114A, EARTH 14, EARTH 114A) (2 units).
  • GS 40N: Diamonds (3 units. Satisfies GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA).
  • GS 90: Introduction to Geochemistry (3-4 units. Satisfies GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA).
  • GS 128: Evolutionary History of Terrestrial Ecosystems (EARTHSYS 128) (4 units).

Spring Quarter, 2018

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 (Memorial Day weekend) (1 unit).
  • ENERGY 101A: Energizing California Field Trip (April 20-21) (1 unit) Contact Ryan Petterson (ryan.petterson@stanford.edu). 
  • EARTH 193: Natural Perspectives (May 25-28, 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 46N: Exploring the Critical Interface between the Land and Monterey Bay: Elkhorn Slough (3 units. Satisfies WAY-SMA).
  • EARTHSYS 105: Food and Community: Food Security, Resilience and Equity (3 units).
  • EARTHSYS 107: Control of Nature (ESS 107) (3 units).
  • EARTHSYS 108: U.S. Environmental Law in Transition (1 unit).
  • EARTHSYS 136: The Ethics of Stewardship (2-3 units. Satisfies WAY-ER if taken for 3 units and a letter grade).
  • EARTHSYS 155: Science of Soils (ESS 155) (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).
  • ENERGY 102: Fundamentals of Renewable Power (EARTHSYS 102) (3 units. Satisfies GER: DB-EngAppSci, WAY-SMA).
  • GEOPHYS 20N: Predicting Volcanic Eruptions (3 units. Satisfies GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA).
  • 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.
  • GS 59N: Earthquake 9.0: The Heritage of Fukushima Daiichi (3 units).

Summer 2018 & Autumn 2018 Opportunities