Natural Disasters and Earth Resources
This is an introductory course with no pre-requisites and does not serve as a prerequisite for other courses. Typically, >80% of the students take the course to satisfy a general education requirement. 10-15% take it to satisfy elementary science teachers curriculum in the Natural Sciences. Only a few percent become geology majors after taking the class. The course has a mandatory lab. Students who decide to major in geology must take subsequent courses in physical geology.
In your department, do majors and non-majors take separate introductory courses? no
If students take a "non-majors" course, and then decide to become a major, do they have to go back and take an additional introductory course? no
- Familiarity with the scientific method and forming and testing hypotheses.
- An understanding of what Earth is composed of, from atoms to minerals to rocks, to the overall structure of the planet.
- An understanding of the theory of plate tectonics and how it explains much of the geologic record, as well as earthquake and volcanic hazards.
- A grasp of geologic hazards, how to arrange your life so as to minimize them, and what to do when they strike.
- An understanding that Earth provides many resources that permit civilization to function. Most of these are non–renewable. Furthermore, their extraction and/or use can severely alter local areas or in some cases the entire earth system.
References and Notes:
This new text uses Google Earth to show geologic landscapes, features and has lots of double-page illustrations.
We also use an in-house lab manual.