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Environmental Geology

Carla Grandy

City College of San Francisco
Two Year College


Intro level Environmental Geology. There are no prerequisites for the course so it covers both basic geologic processes and environmental implications, natural hazards, etc.

Course URL: https://sites.google.com/a/mail.ccsf.edu/carla-grandy/environmental-geology-geol-30
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Resource Type: Course Information
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Geology
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Course Context:

This is an intro level course that serves as a transfer physical science class. There is a seperate lab section and most students take the lecture either as a stand-alone or before taking the lab. Many of the students in the course have some background in Earth or Environmental Science, though it is not required.

Course Goals:

Students should be able to recognize areas that are prone to geologic hazards based on an understanding of geology.
Students should be able to identify anthropogenic activities that contribute to environmental problems.

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Students are given introductions to geologic processes and then subsequently given in-class activities that encourage them to apply the information that they have learned to real areas and situations to identify potential hazards/geologic problems and develop ways to mitigate or prepare for problems.

Skills Goals

Critical analysis
Peer teaching
Working in groups

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Students are given regular group activities (including jigsaw activities) that allow them to develop communication skills and the ability to work in groups and teach their peers.

Attitudinal Goals

Developing students sense of stewardship and interest in service learning
Increasing student personal wonder about Earth Processes
Increasing student awareness of environmental issues and ability to think critically about current events relating to Earth Science

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Students are given assignemnts of learning about and discussing current events in Earth Science that help them develop an understanding and awareness. They are also encouraged to discuss and debate issues relating to human impacts and involvment with Earth Processes.


Student learning is assessed through short-answer quizzes, short-answer homework assignments, multiple choice exams, and in-class analysis and discussion assignments.


Environmental Geology Syllabus (Microsoft Word 62kB Apr30 12)

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