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Environmental Physics Minor Descriptions

 

Minor in Environmental Physics (15 credits)

 

Students must complete four out of the five theory courses (PHYS 2156, PHYS 2157, PHYS 3156, PHYS 3157 and PHYS 3158) and the one laboratory course (PHYS 3159) to satisfy the requirements for a Minor in Environmental Physics.

 

CORE COURSE

PHYS 3159       Environmental Physics Laboratory

PLUS ANY OTHER FOUR (4) COURSES FROM THE FIVE (5) LISTED BELOW

 

Semester I

PHYS 2156       Meteorology and Climatology (offered in 2015/2016)

PHYS 3156       Physical Oceanography & Geohydrology

 

Semester II

PHYS 2157       Solid Earth Geophysics (offered in 2015/2016)

PHYS 3157       Earth Science

PHYS 3158       Fundamentals of Renewable Energy

 

LEVEL: II
SEMESTER: I
COURSE CODE: PHYS 2156
COURSE TITLE: METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111
OR ALL CREDITS FROM PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 AND PHYS 1216
OR ALL CREDITS FROM PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Meteorology: Structure and composition of the atmosphere. Meteorological elements and measurements. Physical processes in the atmosphere. Atmosphere motion and circulation, Geostrophic wind, gradient wind, cyclones, thermal wind, frictional effects, vorticity. The general circulation, frontal systems, circulation and disturbances of the tropics.

Climatology and pollution: Climate controls, classification, regional climates, climates of the Caribbean. Land use, water resources, pollution.Aerosols. El Nino-Southern Oscillation. ITCZ.

 

Assessment:

Coursework (Two in-course tests @ 20% each) 40%

Final Examination (one 2-hour paper) 60%

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LEVEL: II
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 2157
COURSE TITLE: SOLID EARTH GEOPHYSICS
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111
OR ANY NINE (9) CREDITS FROM: PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 AND PHYS 1216
OR PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Physics of the Earth: The shape of the Earth: The Geoid and reference Spheroid, Gravity of the Earth, Measurement of gravity, Corrections to gravity measurements (gravity reductions); Latitude; Elevation; Topographs of surrounding terrain; Earth tides, and Density variations in the subsurface. Testing Isostasy by gravity measurements.Geoid height anomalies.

Gravity Prospecting; Earth’s internal structure and origin; Heat Flow: Continental and Oceanic.

Geophysical Prospecting:Propagation of seismic waves, The principles of seismic refraction and reflection. Electrical properties of rocks and minerals,Electrical prospecting methods: self-potential, dc resistivity, Wenner and Schlumberger arrangements. Earth’s Magnetic Field and Magnetic

Assessment:

Coursework (Two in-course tests @ 20% each) 40%

Final Examination (one 2-hour paper) 60%

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LEVEL: II
SEMESTER: I
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3156
COURSE TITLE: PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND GEOHYDROLOGY
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111
OR ANY NINE (9) CREDITS FROM: PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 AND PHYS 1216
OR PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Introduction to Physical Oceanography: Instruments and Measurements, Remote Sensing, Characteristics of sea water, Principles of fluid dynamics, Application to ocean circulation, Surface and deep water currents, Waves and wave generation, Tides, Coastal oceanography, Uses and problems of the oceans.

Introduction to Geohydrology: Water bearing formations, Groundwater flow, Darcy’s law, Equation of continuity, Laplace equation, Well hydraulics, Aquifer, Characteristics, Storage and transmissivity, Saline intrusion in coastal aquifers.

 

Assessment:

Coursework (Two in-course tests @ 20% each) 40%

Final Examination (one 2-hour paper) 60%

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LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3157
COURSE TITLE: EARTH SCIENCE
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111
OR ANY NINE (9) CREDITS FROM: PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 AND PHYS 1216
OR PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Earth processes and Caribbean Stratigraphy: Properties of minerals and crystals; composition, occurrence, distribution, classification and field recognition of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; tectonic and structural features of the earth; volcanic activity; formation of soils and sediments; stratigraphy and geologic time; plate tectonics. The Caribbean environment in relation to: man, water supply, soils, petroleum, engineering geology and minerals.
Introduction to Earth Materials: the origin, occurrence, world distribution and development of major earth resources- metalliferrous and non-metal ores, petroleum, coal building materials, chemical raw materials, biomass resources.
Earth seismology: the nature of earthquakes; the propagation and detection of seismic wave; geographical distribution of earthquakes; surface effects of earthquakes, earthquake history of the Caribbean.

 

Assessment:

Coursework (Two in-course tests @ 20% each) 40%

Final Examination (one 2-hour paper) 60%

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LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3158
COURSE TITLE: FUNDAMENTALS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: ESST 2004 OR PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111
OR ANY NINE (9) CREDITS FROM: PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 AND PHYS 1216
OR PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Introduction to current sources of Energy and World’s Oil production; Renewable Energy requirements, types and effects; Renewable Energy Technologies; Conservation, conversion and efficiency; applications and evaluation of renewable energy systems - solar energy, biomass, wind energy, geothermal energy and hydropower.

 

Assessment:

Coursework (Two in-course tests @ 20% each) 40%

Final Examination (one 2-hour paper) 60%

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LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: I & II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3159
COURSE TITLE: ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICS LABORATORY
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111
OR ANY NINE (9) CREDITS FROM: PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 AND PHYS 1216
OR PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Laboratory experiments and field trips with site work are to be performed corresponding to the taught components of the Environmental Physics Minor. Students will be expected to perform the exercises and collect their data and depending on the complexity of the exercise will submit the written report at the end of the exercise or submit it the following week for assessment.

 

Assessment:
Coursework: 100%
The students will be required to submit a lab report for each of the experiments they will perform. Each lab report will be marked and this will constitute the coursework.

 

* Credits for all yearlong courses are given at the end of the second semester only.

PHYS 2156 and PHYS 3156 are run in alternating years. PHYS 2156 will be offered in the academic year 2017/2018.

PHYS 2157 and PHYS 3157 are run in alternating years. PHYS 3157 will be offered in the academic year 2018/2019.

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