Classes.

Here are just a few of our featured core classes that will get you started with hands-on training to understand the basic dynamical and physical forces which shape the natural world. The observational, analytical, and computational skills you will gain are the basis of a strong scientific foundation—a foundation which can carry over into any field.

 

12.001
INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGY


Rock on with Intro to Geology, where you will study the structure, composition, and physical processes governing the formation and evolution of our rocky planet over vast time scales through laboratory exercises and measurements in the field.

12.002
INTRODUCTION TO GEOPHYSICS
AND PLANETARY SCIENCE


What governs the formation and orbital properties of terrestrial planets? Explore the influences of plate tectonics, impact cratering, gravity, magnetism, thermal structure, and core dynamics on rocky worlds.

12.003
INTRODUCTION TO ATMOSPHERE, OCEAN, AND CLIMATE DYNAMICS


Investigate the the processes which govern the atmosphere, oceans, and climate—including Earth’s radiation budget, convection and clouds, the circulation of the atmosphere and ocean, and climate change.

12.007
GEOBIOLOGY: HISTORY OF LIFE ON EARTH


Life: a geological agent of change. Discover the interactive nature of biology and the Earth system during the roughly 4 billion years since life first appeared—from the origin of the solar system and the early Earth atmosphere, to the origin and evolution of life and its influence on climate, the carbon cycle, and the problem of global warming.

12.092
ASTROBIOLOGY: ORIGINS AND EARLY EVOLUTION OF LIFE


Explore the timing, setting and conditions for the origin of life on the Hadean Earth with implications for the potential habitability of other bodies in our solar system and beyond—from the roles of planetary and extra-planetary processes to prebiotic chemistry, establishment of the genetic code, and the nature and evolution of the last common ancestor of life.

12.110 A&B
SEDIMENTARY ENVIRONMENTS


Discover how sediments and the sedimentary rock record preserve information about ancient climates, oceans, mass extinctions, including a required field trip to Death Valley.

12.163
GEOMORPHOLOGY


Examine shape shifters—the processes of Earth’s evolving surface including glaciers, runoff, erosion, rivers, climate, and tectonics.

12.307
WEATHER AND CLIMATE LAB


Investigate the basic dynamical and physical principles which govern the general circulation of the atmosphere and the day-to-day sequence of weather events with hands-on projects, making real-time meteorological observations and studying fluid dynamics in the lab.

12.335
EXPERIMENTAL ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY


Breathe Easy. Explore the chemistry of climate change, air pollution, and the ozone layer—in the lab and in the field.

12.387
PEOPLE AND THE PLANET:
ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE AND SCIENCE


Scientific methodology has a critical role to play in developing sound governance solutions. With challenging, in-depth case studies, assess the complexities of environmental issues that have human and natural components using quantitative modeling, analysis, and policy exercises.

12.410
OBSERVATIONAL TECHNIQUES
OF OPTICAL ASTRONOMY


Things are looking up. Explore the fundamentals of making optical astronomical measurements—including telescope design, astronomical coordinates, time, atmospheric interference, spectroscopy, with telescope time at Wallace Observatory.