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Structural Geology part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
A structural geology / tectonics course

Physical Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
This course provides a comprehensive overview of physical geology for non-majors as well as potential majors. About 1% of students who take this course will become majors in earth science.

Natural Disasters and Earth Resources part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Processes and materials that produce the different geologic resources and hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, landslides). Plate tectonic theory. Emphasizes the relationship between geology and humans.

Introductory Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Geology 100 is a General Education introductory geology course covering earth materials, surficial processes, internal processes, and a brief overview of Earth history. The objectives of the course are to provide ...

Dynamic Earth part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Dynamic Earth is an activity-based introductory course. The course focuses on the fundamentals of earth processes to help students begin to understand the geologic processes that influence the landscape around ...

The Ocean Planet part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
This course examines the Earth in three different settings. First, the Earth's place in the universe (origins of the universe, sun, Earth and other planets). Second, the Earth as a whole (Earth structure, ...

GLG 111 - The Dynamic Earth part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
This course is being revised as part of a 2-year university-funded project entitled "Developing, Implementing, and Assessing Active-Learning Modules for 100-Level Geology Foundation Courses." The ...

Geology of National Parks part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Geology of the National Parks uses selected U.S. National Parks to introduce students to the regional geology of the United States. The course covers about 20 U.S. National Parks representing various geologic ...

Geology 101- Introductory Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
This is an a Physical Geology course that focuses upon geologic processes and features with emphasis on using plate tectonics as an example of the scientific method in practice.

Evolutions and Extinctions part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Basic geologic principles and the fundamentals of evolutionary thought combine to bring to life the 4.6 billion year story of our planet and its creatures. Through hands-on experience with fossils and rocks, ...

The Evolving Earth part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
This course introduces fascinating topics of evolution: from big bang to the birth of our mother planet, arise of O2 and its deep impact on evolution, appearance of first drop of water and life, sea monsters and ...

World Energy Systems part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
This is an idea for an interdisciplinary course examining energy systems, sustainability via multiple learning methods, including lecture, discussions, computer-based geospatial analysis, case studies, and field ...

Energy and Your State part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
This is an idea for a course that provides a framework to examine the historical and contemporary uses of traditional and alternative energy sources in your state. The focus provides a more geologic context on ...

Energy and the Environment part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
This course provides students not majoring in science with an opportunity to study world energy and environmental issues while learning basic concepts of physical science (physics, chemistry, earth science).

Principles of Paleontology part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Courses
This course is designed to introduce the basic principles of paleontology - the study of fossil organisms in the geological record. Topics to be covered include: Taphonomy and the processes of fossilization; ...

Pacific Seminar 2: Sustainability part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
The course introduces students to the concept of sustainability and how sustainability policies are developed and implemented in corporations, universities, and non-profit and government agencies. Students explore ...

Sustainable Communities part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
Sustainable Communities address the role of social capital in maintaining and promoting local healthy communities. This course focused on the role of sustainable farming and energy production in reaching at-risk ...

Hazards and Resources (ENVS 105) part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
Hazards and Resources provides an introduction to Earth science, emphasizing the role of geology in environmental issues. The course focuses on geohazards (including floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanoes, ...

Environmental Security part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
This course explores the link between the environment and national security. It specifically focuses on four key drivers: food, water, infectious disease and energy. If a state cannot secure enough food and water ...

Oil and Water (Geog 7) part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
Oil (energy) and water are two key strategic resources dominating the international scene and for which people have been and will continue to fight and go to war over. Energy and water play a major role in most of ...