Computation and Visualization in the Earth Sciences

Welcome to EARTH 801!


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Not registered? Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback, and earn academic credit. There is more information about registering for this course and about the program at the online Master of Education in Earth Sciences website.

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Eliza (rollover for same shirt...
...different hair)
  • Author & Instructor - Eliza Richardson, Associate Professor of Geosciences
  • Overview - Earth 801 is a 3-credit elective course for the Master of Education in Earth Sciences online degree program, geared towards students who are able to study only part time and at a distance. This course is an introduction to programming in the language Processing, as well as an exploration of topics such as spatial and visual thinking.
  • Learning Environment - This website provides the primary instructional materials for the course. The Resources menu at left links to important supporting materials, while the Course Outline menu links to the course lessons. Canvas, Penn State's course management system, is used to support the delivery of this course as well, as it provides the primary communications, calendaring, and submission tools for the course.
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  • Topics of Study - The content of this course is divided into 7 procedural lessons, followed by two small projects and one larger project.


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