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Natural Disasters and Resources
NAT DISASTERS
CLASS CODE: GEOL 104 CREDITS:  3 FEE:  $12.00
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: GEOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Physical Science requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: For the non-science majors emphasizing physical geology related to geologic hazards, mineral and energy resources, and the environmental consequences of urban and rural development.
DESCRIPTION: Geology 104 deals with human populations and the impacts on humanity resulting from Natural Disasters. Discussion includes identifying the different types of disasters that we can expect, how they might be predicted, and what can be done to minimize their impacts on society. In addition to Natural Disasters, the class also focuses on the Natural Resources needed to sustain society and the impacts of a growing population on the availability and consumption of those resources.
TOPICS: 1. Rocks and Minerals
2. Weathering and soils
3. Plate Tectonics
4. Earthquakes and associated hazards
5. Volcanoes and associated hazards
6. Mass Wasting (landslides) and associated hazards
7. Floods and associated hazards
8. Shorelines - wave & current processes and associated hazards
9. Waste disposal issues
10. Mineral resources
11. Energy resources
OBJECTIVES: This course should provide students with an understanding of how naturally occurring geologic events impact society. By better understanding the cause and effect relationships between potential occurrence of natural disasters and geologic principles that govern those events, individuals should be able to minimize the impacts when those disasters occur. Understanding where natural resources are found and the availability of those resources will also create a more informed population in terms of managing our remaining resources.
REQUIREMENTS: Required Lab: Take Geology 102. Attend all field trips.
PREREQUISITES:
OTHER: Students may take Geology 102, Introduction to Geology Lab, with this class.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2000