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These Environmental Geology course descriptions provide examples of how faculty across the country have designed their courses to teach these concepts.


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Marine Environmental Geology
Course taught by Prof. Ed Laine, Bowdoin College (edlaine@bowdoin.edu) and Cathryn Field, Lab Instructor (cfield@bowdoin.edu). Example compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center (ssavanic@carleton.edu).
This course is an introduction to the aspects of marine geology and oceanography that affect the environment and marine resources. Service-learning is an essential component of how students learn about the earth. We deliver part of the content of this course by arranging for students to solve a problem with a local community partner.

Environmental Geology
Kirsten Nicolaysen, Whitman College
This course serves both non-science majors and entering Geology and Environmental Studies majors.

Environmental Science and Policy
Mary Anne Carletta, Georgetown College
This is an upper level college course for environmental science and sometimes political science majors or others who are interested. It consists largely of class discussions of material from an environmental policy ...

Geologic Catastrophes
Carla Whittington, Highline Community College
This is an introductory-level lecture and activity based course focused on geologic hazards in the Pacific Northwest: earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, and landslides. Students are required to access the ...

Geohazards
Andrew Moore, Earlham College
This is an introductory-level, lecture-based course, primarily for non-science majors fulfilling general education requirements. Students work in small groups to apply what they've learned in class to simple ...

Economics of Hazards & Disasters
Lorraine Motola, Metropolitan College of New York
This course, Economics of Hazards and Disasters, provides a comprehensive overview of the economic aspects of hazards and disasters through a review of the concepts, analytical tools and policies to aid emergency ...

Resources and Risks: Humans and the Physical Environment
This course draws upon the earth and environmental sciences to explore interactions between humans and the physical environment. Students use spatial and aspatial datasets (e.g., Google Earth, computer simulations, ...

Natural Hazards and Disasters
Corrie Neighbors, University of California-Riverside
Natural Hazards and Disasters applies the basic principles of science to the recognition and analysis of natural hazards and the mitigation of related disasters. Students learn about the scientific causes and ...

Living in a Hazardous Environment
Eric Kremers, Arkansas Tech University
Overview of emergency management systems with an analysis of the causes, characteristics, nature and effects of such disasters as avalanches, drought, earthquakes, epidemics, fires, flooding, hazardous materials, ...

Environmental Geology
Carla Grandy, City College of San Francisco
Intro level Environmental Geology. There are no prerequisites for the course so it covers both basic geologic processes and environmental implications, natural hazards, etc.



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