Department of Environmental Studies at St. Olaf

The Department of Environmental Studies at St. Olaf is looking for qualified individuals to teach two courses next year in earth sciences.

In the fall, we need someone to teach our intro-to-earth-science course, ES 123, Earth’s Dynamic Systems.  Its course description reads: This course considers a variety of topics in earth and environmental science. Beginning with the origin of the earth and planetary system, the course examines crustal evolution and plate tectonics, geologic resources and hazards, and the relationship of these surface phenomena to processes occurring in the earth’s interior. It concludes with a study of the oceans, the atmosphere, the earth’s climate system, and environmental change. Prerequisite: proficiency in algebra and geometry. Offered annually. Counts toward environmental studies major (all tracks) and concentration.  The class is currently scheduled to meet on Tuesdays from 11:45 to 1:10 and Thursdays from 12:45 to 2:05.

In the spring, we need someone to teach an intermediate course on climate change, ES 245: Global Climate Change.  Its course description reads: This course is an interdisciplinary seminar on climate throughout the earth’s history, including recent changes caused by humankind. It examines the climate system in the larger framework of planetary evolution and explores evidence from the geologic record for climates of the past. Using current scientific literature, students investigate causes of climate change and consider scenarios for future climate based on models incorporating alternative global development strategies. Prerequisites: sophomore standing; one level I biology, chemistry, or physics course or ENVST 137 strongly encouraged. Offered annually.  This class is scheduled to meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:55 to 1:50.

In both cases, we have sufficient lead time to change the class meeting time if it helps us hire a qualified and interested individual.

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