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Environmental Geology
ENVIRON GEOL
CLASS CODE: GEOL 404 CREDITS:  3 FEE:  $30.00
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: GEOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: A detailed look at the environmental issues impacting societies today. Common geologic hazards associated with floods, landslides, volcanoes, earthquakes will be discussed. The course will also focus on the issues of an increasing demand for natural resources by an ever-growing population. Related impacts of waste management and pollution are also addressed.
DESCRIPTION: Environmental Geology deals with the interactions of society and geologic processes. Understanding geology allows another dimension to dealing with population growth. More and more people are living within the shadow of geologic hazards. Some hazards have catastrophic potential (earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, landslides, meteorites) other hazards such as groundwater contamination or desertification are also problematic.
TOPICS: 1. Philosophy of Environmental movement
2. Soils
3. Rivers & Flooding
4. Mass Wasting
5. Earthquakes
6. Volcanoes
7. Coastal Hazards
8. Water quality and availability
9. Managing waste
10. Natural Resources and resource management
11. Climate change/Global warming
OBJECTIVES: 1. Assist students in understanding how the natural geologic processes can impact society in terms of hazards or risks.
2. Increase awareness in students of the stresses being put upon our environment by a growing population.
3. Provide a forum to discuss the data behind the global warming debates and differentiate between observations and model predictions.
4. Improve understanding of what it takes to discover, recover, and provide products that are dependent upon natural resources.
REQUIREMENTS: Attend all field trips.
PREREQUISITES: Geol 111 or 101 & 102
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 2002