MAST 315 It’s in the Past
This course explores the geologic record of environmental change. Undergraduate students learn how we know what we know about past environments and climate. There is less emphasis on formal lecturing and more emphasis on problem solving. Example topics include studying climate archives, sediments and microfossils, how to determine the age of geologic materials, climate forcing factors, and Arctic and Antarctic Environments.
MAST 437/637 Geological Oceanography (with Dr. Sommerfield)
This is an upper level undergraduate and lower level graduate course on geological oceanography. Goals are to examine the origin, morphology, and processes of ocean basins and continental margins, with emphasis on the formation and interpretation of the sedimentary record.
MAST 459/659 Paleoclimatology (with Dr. Veron and Dr. O’Neal)
This is an upper level undergraduate and lower level graduate course on paleoclimatology. The goal of the course is to help students understand the evolution and structure of the earth's climate system as well as understand the major current climate issues. A corollary goal is to enable students to evaluate material about these issues critically. The class focus will be on the earth climate as a coupled system including the interactions between atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and biosphere.
MAST 482 Introduction to Ocean Sciences (with Dr. Hanson)
This course is intended primarily for junior and senior science, engineering, and math students interested in exposure to the science of oceanography. It covers the broad geographical, geophysical, physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the field of oceanography within an interdisciplinary organization. Recognizing the current interest in world-wide environmental problems, this course was designed to give information on the global environment with interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, land, and human activities.
MAST 852 Isotope Geochemistry (with Dr. Ullmann)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of isotope geochemistry and the application of isotope systematics to the study of geological, geochemical, hydrological, atmospheric, and marine cycles. Both stable and radioactive systems are considered. This course is designed for students with interests in geology, geochemistry, environmental chemistry, and biogeochemistry. This course requires a prerequisite background in one of these fields or permission of the instructors.
MAST 857 Paleoceanography
This is an upper level graduate course in paleoceanography. Course goals are to gain a working knowledge of the tools used to interpret the marine sedimentary record and to understand the mechanisms driving ocean and climate change over the past 60 million year. We pay specific attention to intervals of global warmth and the evolution of ice sheets on Antarctica and the Northern Hemisphere. Emphasis is on understanding concepts and reading/discussing the current literature.