Not all of the classes offered by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are described in the following sections. Please refer to course description in the Undergraduate Catalog  or more extensive course descriptions on our departmental website. We invite you to meet with the instructor of the classes you choose or with the Undergraduate Advisor if you have any question regarding the schedule, the substance or the structure of the classes. Please see the timetable for when courses are offered and the name of the instructors.


  • EAES 101 and 111 provide you with an introduction to the planet Earth and current issues in environmental science, and do not have to be taken in sequence; you may take 111 first or both at the same time. 101 focuses on the earth's surface and its evolution; 111 looks at the earth's interior and its evolution.  These courses are taught both Fall and Spring Semesters
  • EAES 200. This course is taught only during the week-long Spring Break. Taught in the Ozark Mountains of southeastern Missouri, EAES 200 gives you an overview of field geology early in your undergraduate career. It is good preparation for more advanced summer field courses. The prerequisites for the class are completion of at least one of the 100-level classes and completion of or enrollment in the second one. 

During the Spring Semester that you have signed up for EAES 200, the class has three 2-hour meetings to instruct you how to prepare for the field trip. Expect to spend about $250-$300 for the trip, for the following expenses:

1. Motel fees. We arrange for cheap but reasonable housing, and you will share a room with 1, 2, or 3 other students, each of you paying approximately $15-20 per night, for a total cost of $105-140. We do not camp for two reasons.First, the weather during that time of the year is highly unpredictable, and blizzards and ice storms have been known to occur. Second, we need all the available daylight to do field work, and cannot afford to waste time setting up tents and cooking.

2. Meals. Depending on your appetite expect to spend $10 to $20 per day, for a total food cost of $70-$140.

Your grade is based mainly on a report which is usually due no later than the end of the eleventh week of the semester. 

  • EaES 230 Earth Materials (4 hrs). Introduction to physical and chemical properties of earth materials, as well as their distribution, through lectures and laboratory exercises.Prerequisite(s); Grade of C or better in EAES 101 and EAES 111 or consent of the instructor. Fall semester (Nagy)
  • EaES 285 Earth Systems (4 hrs). 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.Prerequisite(s): EAES 101 or 111; or consent of the instructor. Spring semester (Kenig)
  • EAES 290. Current Topics in Earth and Environmental Sciences. This two credit-hour course can only be taken after completion of a least one 100-level course in Earth Sciences. It is a seminar course on current issues. It will introduce you to reading, critical interpretation, and writing of scientific papers (instructor: varies; spring semester). This course will fulfill the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirements of the College. Fall semester sometimes also Spring Semester). Instructors vary


EAES 320. Mineralogy (4 h) Only taught in the Spring semester, has a prerequisite of CHEM 112 (either earned or concurrent) (Guggenheim) 
EAES 350. Sedimentary Environments (3 h) (Kenig)
EAES 396. Independent Research. Before registration, students must submit a written statement from the instructor with whom they wish to work to the Department Head. Independent research and a resulting undergraduate thesis are required for graduation with Departmental Distinction. Most of the time the research associated with this type of project takes place during summer. Financial support may be available on funded projects. 
EAES 415. Environmental Geochemistry (4 h)
EAES 416. Organic Geochemistry (3 h) (Kenig)
EAES 418. Introduction to Biogeochemistry (3 h) (Meyer-Dombard)
EAES 422. Crystal Chemistry (4 h) (Guggenheim)
EAES 430. Petrology (3 h) has EAES 320 for a prerequisite
EAES 440. Structural Geology and Tectonics (4 h) One weekend field trip is required (Stein) 
EAES 444. Solid Earth Geophysics (3 h) (Stein or Sit) 
EAES 448. Plate Tectonics (4 h) (Stein) 
EAES 460. Earth System History (3 h) (Plotnick) 
EAES 470. Environmental Geomorphology (4 h)
EAES 473. Soils and Environment (4 h) (Meyer-Dombard and Berkelhammer)
EAES 475. Hydrology/Hydrogeology (3 h) 
EAES 480. Statistical Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences (3 h) (Plotnick) 
EAES 484. Planetary Science (3 h) (Dombard)
EAES 492. Internship in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Off campus participation in governmental or private-sector training program. Credit is contingent on submission of a final report. (A maximum of 6 hours of EAES 492 and EAES 396 can be credit for degree).
EAES 494. Special Topics in Earth and Environmental Sciences Can be repeated for credit. 

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