Courses

Three graduate and two undergraduate courses are regularly taught by faculty and students of the glaciers group. In addition to the courses listed below, graduate students in glaciology can choose from courses on sea ice, permafrost, geodynamics, remote sensing, atmospheric science, and numerical analysis. The glaciology degree requirements can be found here; a listing of all UAF courses (2011-2012) is given here.

International Summer School in Glaciology for graduate students
11-day intense graduate level glaciology course offered every other summer in McCarthy, Alaska; even years. The next summer school will be given in summer 2016 (provided funding can be found).
organized by Regine Hock; taught by UAF glaciology faculty and external instructors.

Summer school in glaciology 2016
Summer school in glaciology 2014
Summer school in glaciology 2012
Summer school in glaciology 2010

GEOS 617 – Glaciers – 3 credits
Offered every other fall; odd years
taught by Regine Hock
2 x 1.5 hour lectures each week

The course deals with present-day glaciers and ice sheets including the mechanisms responsible for their existence, motion and variations, and the paleoclimate information they contain. The course focuses on the processes related to glacier mass balance, glacier meteorology, energy exchange at the glacier surface, glacier-climate interactions, and the response of glaciers to climate change, but also includes topics such as glacier hydrology, ice dynamics, and glacier thermodynamics. The course includes lectures, student presentations and literature seminars.

GEOS/PHYS 614 – Ice Physics – 3 credits
Offered every other spring; odd years
taught by Martin Truffer
2 x 1.5 hour lectures each week

The course contains a survey of the physics of ice. Topics covered include the crystal structure and properties of ice, high pressure phases, hydrogen bonding, mechanical properties, thermal properties, electrical and acoustic properties, nucleation and growth, optical properties, and surface properties (adhesion, friction). Students will develop an understanding of these properties from basic physical principles.

GEOS 692 – Glaciology Reading Seminar – 1 credit
Offered every spring,
taught by Erin Pettit and Martin Truffer
1 hour each week

This theme-based glaciology seminar is intended for graduate students or advanced undergradautes who wish to deepen their knowledge of the peer-reviewed literature in glaciology. More info here

GEOS 377 – Ice in the Climate System – 3 credit
Offered spring; even years
taught by Erin Pettit
2 hour discussion and 3 hours lab each week

Earth's cryosphere includes seasonal snow, permafrost, sea ice, mountain glaciers, and ice sheets. This project-oriented course will cover the formation of each of these forms of snow and ice and their response to changing environmental conditions. Interdisciplinary perspectives allow study the role snow and ice plays within the Arctic system (including atmosphere, ocean, and ecosystems), with an emphasis on Alaska. The cryosphere will also be placed in context of the global climate system. Oral intensive will include instructor and peer feedback. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: PHYS F103X and MATH F200X or instructor permission.
More info here

GEOS 120 – Glaciers, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes – 3 credits
for non-science majors
Offered every semester
Glacier part taught by Regine Hock
2 x 1.5 hour lectures and a 3 hour lab each week

Description of glacier part: Alaska is one of the most glacierized areas in the world outside Greenland and Antarctica. The course provides a descriptive overview of what glaciers are, their significance for water resources, global sea-level and climate, how they move, grow or retreat, how they have fluctuated in the recent and geological history of the Earth, what they can tell us about former climates and what topical issues are in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska.

GEOS 295 – Introduction to Field Methods in Glaciology – 1 credit
Offered every other summer; odd years
taught by graduate students in glaciology
3 x 1.5 hour lectures and 3 days at Gulkana Glacier

This course consists of three lectures and a three day field trip to Gulkana Glacier. The lectures introduce basic glacier processes, their interactions with climate, and field methods used to understand a glacier's response to climate change. Students have the opportunity to apply these concepts in the field by travelling on Gulkana Glacier.