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Environmental Geology

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Kirsten Nicolaysen

Whitman College
Private four-year institution, primarily undergraduate


This course serves both non-science majors and entering Geology and Environmental Studies majors.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Resource Type: Course Information:Goals/Syllabi
Special Interest: Hazards
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Geology, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Hazards
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Course Context:

This introductory course has no prerequisites but it is one of three possible prerequisites for History of Earth and further Geology major course work. It is also a prerequisite for Environmental Studies majors.

Course Goals:

Students will analyze an area for potential geologic hazards and then research and evaluate city zoning and development plans and recommend modifications to the plans to mitigate the identified geologic hazards.

Skills Goals

*accessing and critically reviewing web resources
*interpretation of topographic and surficial geology maps
*working in groups
*using statistics

Attitudinal Goals

Student confidence in finding, using and evaluating the reliability of geologic information is important for communities at all levels.



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