This course introduces students to the evolution of life and mass extinction’s based on a broad survey of major events in Earth history as revealed by the fossil record. Concepts and techniques of paleontology are applied to all aspects, including


Covers topics including origin of elements; formation of the Earth; evolution of the atmosphere and oceans; atomic theory and chemical bonding; crystal chemistry and ionic substitution in crystals; reaction equilibria and kinetics in aqueous and biological systems; chemistry of high-temperature


An introduction to the processes that control Earth’s climate; an overview of past climates from the distant past to the period of human history; and an investigation of ongoing climate changes and those predicted for the future, including the capacity