Please note: this is a full-semester course condensed into three weeks in the May Term. You should have your book, a FirstClass account and Blackboard account before the course starts. See below for details. Please read the syllabus carefully!


About the Professor

Scott E. Johnson, Ph.D.
School of Earth and Climate Sciences
University of Maine
5790 Bryand Global Science Center
Orono, ME 04469-5790 USA

Phone: 207-581-2142
Fax: 207-581-2202

Course Information

Course Syllabus



The Blackboard Learning System

Blackboard is a web-based software platform that provides a complete course management system. For more information on Blackboard, please see the UMS ITS Blackboard site or go here to log in. When you register for a course that uses Blackboard, you will automatically be added to that Blackboard course. Once I make the course available to students, you should be able to see and access the course when you log into your Blackboard account. If you are having problems, go here for a number to call for help.

The FirstClass Conferencing System

For this course you will be issued a FirstClass Account. For information on FirstClass or to download the software, visit the official Information Technology's First Class Website.

Required Textbook

Understanding Earth (6th Edition) by John Grotzinger and Tom Jordon. To assist you in purchasing your books, here are some links and telephone numbers. University of Maine (Orono) bookstore telephone number: 207-581-1700. University of Maine (Augusta) bookstore telephone number: 207-621-3467. Please ensure that you purchase the sixth edition of this book. The books I order for sale in the bookstore is a loose-leaf BudgetBook that can be put in a 3-ring binder. This option costs less than a bound book. You can also find the loose-leaf or bound options at online booksellers like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.