Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Near-Surface Geochemistry and Geobiology

Summer Courses 2020 All Online, Enroll Now!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Enroll now in a Summer Course with the Department of Earth & Planetary Science!

All of our courses fulfill the UC Berkeley L&S Physical Science Requirement.  Learn about the forces that shape Earth and other planets.  We have several conveient UC Berkeley Summer Sessions courses in a variety of physical sciences:

 

The Water Planet 

EPS 3
2020 Summer Session C, 8 weeks, June 22 - August 14
M, W, F
2:00 pm - 3:59 pm
Class #:12549
An overview of the processes that control water supply to natural ecosystems and human civilization. Hydrologic cycle, floods, droughts, groundwater. Patterns of water use, threats to water quality, effects of global climate change on future water supplies. Water issues facing California.

Earth's Greatest Volcanic Eruptions

EPS 10
2020 Summer Session D 6 weeks, July 6 - August 14
M, W, F
10:00 am - 12:59 pm
Class #:14978
A science-based course on the most significant eruptions Earth has produced. Most eruptions discussed will be from within historic time and will involve information from geology (volcanology), geography, archaeology, history, art, and paleoenvironmental records such as tree-rings and ice-cores. After a two-class introduction to volcanoes, volcanic activity, and volcanology, and the hazards vs benefits of eruptions, each class will feature one of more eruptions of different types from around the world.  A science-based interpretation of the eruptions and effects on human-kind and the environment, will be presented. Class participants will learn about one type of natural hazard, its causes, and the variability of volcanism on Earth.

Earthquakes in Your Backyard

EPS 20
2020 Summer Session A 6 weeks, May 26 - July 2
Tu, Th
12:00 pm - 2:29 pm
Class #:12122
2020 Summer Session D 6 weeks, July 6 - August 14
M, W
4:30 pm - 6:59 pm
Class #:12123

Introduction to earthquakes, their causes and effects. General discussion of basic principles and methods of seismology and geological tectonics, distribution of earthquakes in space and time, effects of earthquakes, and earthquake hazard and risk, with particular emphasis on the situation in California.

Environmental Earth Sciences

EPS 80
2020 Summer Session D 6 weeks, July 6 - August 14
M, W
1:00 pm - 4:29 pm
Class #:12124
This course focuses on the processes on and in the earth that shape the environment. Humanity's use of land and oceans is examined based on an understanding of these processes.

Introduction to Oceans

EPS N82
2020 Summer Session A 6 weeks, May 26 - July 2
Tu, Th
1:00 pm - 3:59 pm
Class #:12125

2020 Summer Session D 6 weeks, July 6 - August 14
Tu, Th
1:00 pm - 3:59 pm
Class #:12711
The geology, physics, chemistry, and biology of the world oceans. The application of oceanographic sciences to human problems will be explored through special topics such as energy from the sea, marine pollution, food from the sea, and climate change.

The Planets

EPS W12
2020 Summer Session C 8 weeks, June 22 - August 14
Class #:12125
A tour of the mysteries and inner workings of our solar system. What are planets made of? Why do they orbit the sun the way they do? How do planets form, and what are they made of? Why do some bizarre moons have oceans, volcanoes, and ice floes? What makes the Earth hospitable for life? Is the Earth a common type of planet or some cosmic quirk? This course will introduce basic physics, chemistry, and math to understand planets, moons, rings, comets, asteroids, atmospheres, and oceans. Understanding other worlds will help us save our own planet and help us understand our place in the universe. This course is web-based.

Due to the pandemic, all 2020 summer courses are fully online with remote-delivery instruction.