California Water (GEOL 370)
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This course will be taught for the first time in Fall 2014.
In your department, do majors and non-majors take separate introductory courses?
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?
- Students will be able to apply scientific methods of inquiry and analysis (such as hypothesis testing, systematic and reproducible observations, and the analysis of measurable data) to the physical universe, including either living or nonliving systems.
- Students will be able to articulate how scientific theories and practices come to be accepted, contested, changed, or abandoned by the scientific community.
- Students will be able to evaluate the quality of scientific information and claims on the basis of their source and the methods used to generate the information or claims.
- Students will be able to construct coherent and sound arguments with support from multiple sources, including library resources and proper citations, to support or contest a scientific theory.
- Students will be able to analyze the connection of scientific research, discoveries and applications to personal, social or ethical issues in the modern world.
- Students will be able to describe interconnections among humans and other aspects of the natural world, as well as their responsibility to work toward the sustainability of the natural environment, and as a result, increase the health and well-being of human societies.
- Students will be able to discern and analyze ethical issues, evaluate decisions and actions that have ethical implications, and reflect seriously on the motives of their conduct in the personal and public arenas.
- Students will be able to identify and analyze aspects of life in the San Francisco Bay Area and/or California that contribute to the region's distinctive character, appreciate the complex set of forces that have shaped opportunities for and challenges to the region's inhabitants, and recognize how they can seize on opportunities to improve the quality of life in the region.
- Students will be able to demonstrate how their personal activities impact the environment, and as a result affect the health and well-being of themselves and society analyze how the well-being of human society is dependent on ecosystems and the materials and services they provide to humanity.
- Students will be able to identify the most serious environmental problems related to water resources globally and locally and explain their underlying causes and possible consequences
The students will achieve the learning goals from the course format and through a number of in-class discussion and take-home writing assignments.
Instructors are familiar with the text and covers many of the topics we hope to cover in the course at an appropriate level.
References and Notes:
Key Reading Resources:
Select readings from:
Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water, by M. Reisner, Penguin, 2nd Ed. 1996.
California Rivers and Streams: the conflict between fluvial process and land use, by J. Mount, Univ. of California Press, 1995.