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At the School of Earth and Space Exploration, our students acquire the tools and knowledge to answer the largest scientific questions in the fields of Earth and environmental studies, Earth and space exploration, astrobiology and biogeosciences, astrophysics, exploration systems design, and geological sciences. Our dynamic and engaging atmosphere gives you the resources you need to succeed in academics and beyond in your professional life.

Our courses not only train students to solve scientific problems, but also develop life skills such as communication, community outreach, writing, and teamwork. SESE offers a superb advising service and a friendly and supportive community with a history of mentoring award winning undergraduates.


Explore Earth and our Universe with SESE Summer School Courses

Are you looking to catch up on classes or advance your degree this summer? The School of Earth and Space Exploration summer school courses are available to SESE majors and non-majors and include courses in astronomy, geology, energy, habitable worlds, Earth’s critical zone, and more.

Classes for sessions A begin May 18, so visit the summer schedule of classes and enroll today!

Summer Courses Offered

Session A: May 18 – June 26

AST 111/113 – Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy (iCourse/ASUOnline)
SQ General Studies credit

How did our Earth and Solar System come to be?  What are the patterns we observe in the sky?  Discover the motions in the sky and the history and physics of astronomy.  Explore the worlds within our Solar System and newly discovered exoplanets around other stars. This course offers learners the opportunity to use astronomy and physics concepts to connect with our Solar System and nearby stars, with an optional lab (AST 113). 

GLG 101/103 – Introduction to Geology I (Physical)  (iCourse/ASUOnline)
SQ General Studies credit

This course covers the basic principles of geology, geochemistry, and geophysics. We examine processes that shape Earth’s surface, including the action of streams, glaciers, landslides, and waves and investigate the materials that compose Earth’s surface and subsurface, as well as the geologic structures that affect them. Students will leave this class being able to understand news about natural events, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and be able to observe and interpret scenery in their hometown, near their school, or in their travels, with an optional lab (GLG 103). 

SES 141 – Energy in Everyday Life (iCourse/ASUOnline)
SQ General Studies credit

Energy permeates our everyday life and is at the heart of understanding how the world around us works. This online multi-disciplinary survey course offers learners the opportunity to master practical job skills - the ability to observe, gather data, and think critically to make order-of-magnitude estimates.

Session B: July 1 – August 11

AST 111/113 – Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy (iCourse/ASUOnline)
SQ General Studies credit

How did our Earth and Solar System come to be?  What are the patterns we observe in the sky?  Discover the motions in the sky and the history and physics of astronomy.  Explore the worlds within our Solar System and newly discovered exoplanets around other stars. This course offers learners the opportunity to use astronomy and physics concepts to connect with our Solar System and nearby stars, with an optional lab (AST 113).

GLG 102/104 – Introduction to Geology II(Historical) (iCourse/ASUOnline)
SG and H General Studies Credit

This course covers the basic principles of applied geology and the use of these principles in the interpretation of geologic history, with an optional lab (GLG 104).

GLG 110/111 – Dangerous World (iCourse)
SG and G General Studies credit

Humans around the world are exposed to a wide range of natural hazards related to geologic and atmospheric processes, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, and hurricanes. This course combines both the scientific and human perspective, with primary focus placed on physical processes, case studies, and the interactions between humans and Earth, with an optional lab (GLG 111).

GLG 327 – Earth’s Critical Zone (iCourse/ASUOnline)
CLAS Science and Society credit

The Earth's near surface environment (the 'critical zone') supports most life and is the dynamic interface between the solid Earth and its fluid envelopes where much of the geologic record is produced. This course offers a quantitative review of the form and function of the processes impacting Earth’s Critical Zone to build an understanding of the interactions of physical, chemical and biotic processes in shaping the surface and determining fluid, solute and sediment fluxes.

SES 106 – Habitable Worlds (iCourse/ASUOnline)
SQ General Studies credit

Are we alone? This question was once addressed only in our imaginations. Now, it is at the cutting edge of science. In Habitable Worlds, learn how scientists search for other worlds, and how they determine whether a planet is capable of harboring life.

Summer Schedule:

  • Session A: 5/18 – 6/26 (last day to enroll 5/19)
  • Session B: 7/1 - 8/11 (last day to enroll 7/2)

Resources:

Register for summer school.

View the summer schedule of classes and learn more about each course.