Courses for Spring 2022

  • Individual Study of Geologic Problems

    One semester is required for seniors in Sc.B. and honors program. Course work includes preparation of a thesis. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Enrollment is restricted to undergraduates only.
    EEPS 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Clemens
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Cooper
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Dalton
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Fischer
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Forsyth
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Head
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Herbert
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Huang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Liang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Mustard
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Parmentier
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Pieters
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Prell
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Russell
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Saal
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Tullis
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Milliken
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Murray
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S21
    Primary Instructor
    Lynch
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Huber
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Hirth
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S24
    Primary Instructor
    Hastings
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S25
    Primary Instructor
    Parman
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Fox-Kemper
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S27
    Primary Instructor
    Saal
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S28
    Primary Instructor
    Carlson
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S29
    Primary Instructor
    Daubar
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S30
    Primary Instructor
    Tsai
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 1970 S31
    Primary Instructor
    Ibarra
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    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Research in Geological Sciences

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only.
    EEPS 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Clemens
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Cooper
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Lynch
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Fischer
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Forsyth
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Head
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Herbert
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Huang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Liang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Mustard
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Parmentier
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Pieters
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Prell
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Russell
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Saal
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Tullis
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Dalton
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Milliken
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Carlson
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Huber
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S21
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Hirth
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Hastings
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S24
    Primary Instructor
    Parman
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S25
    Primary Instructor
    Fox-Kemper
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Evans
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S27
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S28
    Primary Instructor
    Bergen
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EEPS 2980 S29
    Primary Instructor
    Ibarra
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the residency requirement and are continuing research on a full time basis.
    EEPS 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Graduate Thesis Prep
  • Planetary Geology

    This introductory level course will examine the evolution of our Solar System and the geology of planetary bodies, including Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. We will discuss the origin of the Solar System from a geological perspective and explore how scientists combine observations from extraterrestrial samples such as meteorites with data returned by satellites and rovers to develop and test hypotheses related to planetary evolution. Emphasis will be on comparing geologic processes on these bodies to well-understood processes on Earth, results from past, current, and upcoming planetary missions, and the future of human and robotic exploration of space.
    EEPS 0810 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Milliken
  • Global Environmental Remote Sensing

    Introduction to physical principles of remote sensing across electromagnetic spectrum and application to the study of Earth's systems (oceans, atmosphere, and land). Topics: interaction of light with materials, imaging principles and interpretation, methods of data analysis. Laboratory work in digital image analysis, classification, and multi-temporal studies. One field trip to Block Island. Recommended preparation courses: MATH 0090, 0100; PHYS 0060; and background courses in natural sciences.
    EEPS 1330 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mustard
  • Face of the Earth

    Study of Earth's surface (e.g., mountains, rivers, shorelines) and processes which have created and modify it (e.g., glaciation, floods, volcanism, plate tectonics, earthquakes). The goals are to increase appreciation and enjoyment of our natural surroundings and provide a better understanding of environmental problems, natural resources, land use, and geologic hazards. Four labs, plus a field trip. For nonscience concentrators (science concentrators should take EEPS 0220). Students MUST register for both components of this course (the lecture and one of the labs) during the SAME registration session. Enrollment limited to 100.
    EEPS 0010 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Parman
  • Geochemistry: Earth and Planetary Materials and Processes

    This course is an introduction to the formation of minerals and rocks, and the physico-chemical processes acting during planetary evolution. Topics include: Earth formation and differentiation, determination of age and origin of volcanic, crustal and mantle rocks using their elemental compositions and radiogenic and stable isotopes. Weekly laboratory. Intended for science concentrators. Lab times TBD, Prerequisites: no prerequisites
    EEPS 0230 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Saal
  • Global Tectonics

    Plate tectonic theory and the evolution of continents and the seafloor. Emphasis on the structure and tectonics of western U.S. considering geological, geophysical, and geochemical constraints as well as direct geodetic observations of plate motions from GPS measurements. Prerequisite: EEPS 0220 and 0230. Three or more of EEPS 0220, 0230, 1240, 1410, 1420, 1450 and 1610 are recommended.
    EEPS 1560 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Dalton
  • Continuum Physics of the Solid Earth

    Physics of the Earth with emphasis on fundamental physical principles and mathematical tools. Topics include application of: conductive and convective heat transfer to cooling of the Earth; potential theory to interpretation of gravity anomalies; solid mechanics to deformation of Earth's lithosphere; fluid mechanics to flow in the Earth's interior and in porous media. Recommended courses: EEPS 0220; APMA 0340; PHYS 0470 or ENGN 0510.
    EEPS 1620 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Huber
  • Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet

    Introduces Earth's surface environment evolution - climate, chemistry, and physical makeup. Uses Earth's carbon cycle to understand solar, tectonic, and biological cycles' interactions. Examines the origin of the sedimentary record, dating of the geological record, chemistry and life on early Earth, and the nature of feedbacks that maintain the "habitable" range on Earth. Two field trips; five laboratories arranged.
    EEPS 0240 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Herbert
  • Weather and Climate

    Weather phenomena occur on short time scales, and form the basis for understanding climate, the study of changes over longer time scales. This course aims to provide an understanding of the processes that drive weather patterns, the general circulation of the atmosphere, and climate on Earth. Topics include the structure and composition of the atmosphere, sources of energy that drive atmospheric processes, weather forecasting, the hydrological cycle, forces that create severe weather, the influence of humans on the atmosphere, and factors that influence climate, climate variability and climate change. Recommend courses or equivalent: MATH 0090, MATH 0010, PHYS 0050.
    EEPS 0850 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Hastings
  • Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics

    The objective of EEPS 1510 is to understand the fundamental physical principles that govern the motion of the atmosphere. Students will explore the dynamics of the atmosphere and the mathematical laws governing weather and climate. Topics include the fundamental equations of motion in rotating fluids, hydrostatic, geostrophic and thermal wind balance, and vorticity, as applied to phenomena, including sea breezes, planetary waves, midlatitude cyclones, fronts, and the global general circulation. The emphasis will be on physical interpretation of the equations but facility with vector calculus is critical. Enrollment limited to 30.
    EEPS 1510 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Lynch
  • The Sedimentary Rock Cycle of Mars and Earth

    This course consists of a mixture of instructor and student-led discussions on topics related to the sedimentary rock cycle on Mars as viewed through the lens of how we understand such processes on Earth. Topics:sediment transport and deposition, erosion processes and rates, lithification + diagenesis, water-rock interaction, and cyclicity in strata. Major goal: Assess how the sedimentary rock record of Mars can be used to understand changes in depositional processes and environmental conditions through time. Results from Mars satellite and rover data will be discussed, with an emphasis on fundamental processes as understood from detailed studies of Earths sedimentary rock record. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level sedimentology/stratigraphy, or permission of instructor.
    EEPS 2920C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Milliken
  • Environmental Geochemistry

    The course will examine the biogeochemical cycling, fate and transport of chemicals in the atmospheric and aquatic environments. Topics such as chemical weathering, natural water pollution and remediation, acid deposition, global warming and air pollution will be examined through natural ecosystem examples from rivers, lakes, estuaries, and ocean. Field trips and laboratory arranged. Prerequisites: CHEM 0100 or 0330, or instructor permission.
    EEPS 1370 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Huang
  • Patterns in Nature, in Society

    The shapes of plants and animals, of mountains and shorelines arise because nature dissipates energy as rapidly as possible. These morphological patterns allow description of the energy "landscape" that produced them. Societies and economies show temporal and spatial patterns as well: does the "flow rate" of ideas and of money cause these patterns? These societal patterns are statistically identical to the natural (i.e., non-human) ones. Does this fact challenge ideas of free will? Does it affect one’s development of a personal philosophy? From a perspective grounded in natural philosophy, we will explore just how "entropy rules.” Enrollment limited to 16. Instructor permission required.
    EEPS 1960F S01
    Primary Instructor
    Cooper
  • Phase Equilibria

    Principles of thermodynamics and phase equilibria in unary, binary, ternary, and multicomponent systems using analytical and graphical methods. Other topics include: solution theory, equations of state, and thermodynamics of surfaces.
    EEPS 2460 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Cooper
  • Planetary Petrology

    This course is intended for undergraduate and graduate students who have some background in mineralogy and petrology and who are interested in the origin and evolution of igneous rocks from Earth, the Moon and Mars. Topics include: phase equilibria, melting and crystallization, mantle plumes and related igneous rocks, komatiites, lunar petrology, Martian meteorites, and petrogenesis.
    EEPS 1960C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Liang
  • Measuring Climate and Environmental Change with Geophysical Data

    This course will explore new approaches to measuring and modeling climate and environmental processes with geophysical data. Numerous processes in the hydrosphere, cryosphere and shallow crust produce changes in properties such as mass, temperature, surface elevation and deformation that are detectable with geodetic, gravity, and seismic data. Examples include melting ice sheets, warming oceans, changing ground water levels, variations in soil moisture, and weathering, at scales that vary from local to global. We will discuss the underlying principles, applications and potential of new geophysical methods such as distributed acoustic sensing (DAS), GPS, satellite gravity data, and shallow seismic imaging with active and passive sources. This seminar will involve discussion of recent papers, interspersed with mini-lectures. It is aimed at graduate students and upper-level undergrads (with instructor permission) from a broad range of backgrounds. Prior coursework in geophysics is not needed.
    EEPS 2920A S01
    Undergraduates may enroll with instructor permission.
    Primary Instructor
    Fischer
  • Geophysical Phenomena Across the Solar System

    This graduate level course will survey the current state of knowledge for geophysical processes and mechanisms related to the formation and evolution of terrestrial bodies within the inner Solar System and will incorporate case study investigations of outer Solar System worlds (excluding gas giants). The course will apply fundamental science concepts in physics and chemistry to examine key topics within planetary geophysics, including planet-wide magma oceans, planetary collisions and impacts, volcanism, tectonics, and magnetism. Course is formatted to allow for lecture content and presentation and discussion of relevant themes and concepts. No prior background in the geological sciences is required.
    EEPS 2910H S01
    Primary Instructor
    Evans
  • Ocean, Cryosphere, and Sea Level Change

    Or IPCC and you can, too! Interested in finding out how big climate science gets done? This graduate and undergraduate reading and writing seminar will emphasize study of the breakthrough science that has been published in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports. Focus will be on the physical science basis: past and future changes in the overall earth system, ocean circulation and properties, ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice, and sea level; evaluation of models and projection methods; detection and attribution; projections; abrupt change and long-term commitment; and extremes. Pre-requisite: any of EEPS 0850, EEPS 1430, EEPS 1510, EEPS 1520, EEPS 1820, or permission of instructor.
    EEPS 1960X S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fox-Kemper
  • Machine Learning for the Earth and Environment

    This course introduces science students to modern data science tools for exploratory data analysis, predictive modeling with machine learning, and scalable algorithms for big data. Familiarize students with a cross-section of common machine learning models and algorithms emphasizing developing practical skills for working with data. Topics covered may include dimensionality reduction, clustering, time series modeling, linear regression, regularization, linear classifiers, ensemble methods, neural networks, model selection and evaluation, scalable algorithms for big data, and data ethics. The course will present case studies of these tools applied to problems in the Earth sciences. Intended audience is advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences or other physical science disciplines. Students will practice and develop their skills in data science through a hands-on project on a topic of their choice. This course is taught using the Python programming language.
    EEPS 1960D S01
    Recommended but not required: (Subj: EEPS Crse: 0250 Levl: UG Min Grade: S OR Subj: EEPS Crse: 1690 Levl: UG Min Grade: S OR Subj: EEPS Crse: 1430 Levl: UG Min Grade: S ) AND (Subj: APMA Crse: 0160 Levl: UG Min Grade: S ) AND (Subj: CSCI Crse: 0111 Levl: UG Min Grade: S OR Subj: CSCI Crse: 0150 Levl: UG Min Grade: S OR Subj: CSCI Crse: 0170 Levl: UG Min Grade: S OR Subj: CSCI Crse: 1090 Levl: UG Min Grade: S )
    Primary Instructor
    Bergen
  • Descriptive Coastal and Estuarine Oceanography

    An introduction to coastal and estuarine oceanography, focusing on ocean environments landward of the continental shelf/slope break. These environments are of significant value, both environmentally and economically. They are under pressure and strongly impacted by human activities, both directly (e.g. commercial fishing) and indirectly (urbanization within the adjacent river drainage basins). The extent to which these waters continue to be economically valuable is intimately linked to their environmental health. As such, an understanding of coastal and estuarine processes is critical to their management. This course will address the coastal and estuarine circulation context as well as the environmental context. Coastal and estuarine oceanography will be addressed in class lectures, discussions, and exercises while the environmental concerns will be addressed in the context of individual student research projects culminating in a research paper and in-class presentation.
    EEPS 1110 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Clemens
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Applications

    An introduction to basic geographic information system (GIS) concepts, and the utilization and application of geospatial data for analysis. Topics will include data structures and management, coordinate systems and projections, data creation, obtaining spatial data from outside sources, georeferencing and address-matching, model building and batch geoprocessing, and performing fundamental spatial analysis techniques such as overlay, extraction, and interpolation, viewsheds, and hot spot analysis among others. Concepts are presented via online videos (Canvas) and put into practice through weekly hands-on laboratory exercises utilizing the GIS software product ArcGIS 10.x and ArcGIS Pro (ESRI, Inc.). Two presentations by each student are required - a case study, and an original research project employing the methods learned. A public poster session on the original research project culminates the term. If unable to pre-register, a wait list will be used to fill openings on a first come, first serve basis. S/NC.
    EEPS 1320 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Willis
    EEPS 1320 L01
    Primary Instructor
    Willis
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    L: Lab
    EEPS 1320 L02
    Primary Instructor
    Willis
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    L: Lab
    EEPS 1320 L03
    Primary Instructor
    Willis
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    L: Lab