Skip to main content


Earth Surface Environments and Environmental Change/Lab

Subject code


Course Number



M. Retelle

Course Long Title

Earth Surface Environments and Environmental Change/Lab


The Earth's surface environments are in a constant state of change resulting from the interaction of its atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere. Changes on the surface occur on various time scales from brief, severe storms to glaciations lasting thousands of years and changes in continents and ocean basin environments occurring over millions of years due to tectonic processes. Studies of surficial processes and materials illustrate the dynamic nature of the Earth and provide a key to understanding past and future environmental change. The lectures are complemented with field and laboratory study. Field experiences include day trips to local geologic settings and to the Maine coast.

Modes of Inquiry

Scientific Reasoning [SR]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

GEC This Course Belongs To


Offering Frequency

Normally offered every year