How does the earth and other planets in the solar system work? What are the basics that you need to know about living on this planet?
This course is an examination of how our dynamic planet works. Topics include plate tectonics, how geologic age is determined, the processes that form the stunning variety of rocks we see at the Earth’s surface, the development of the amazing variety of landscapes we see here on Earth and elsewhere.
It also includes a number of topics that are relevant to the average citizen. These topics include floods, the nature of underground water resources, coastal erosion, earthquakes, interpreting topographic maps for land use purposes, and climate change.
Who should take this course? This course is an important course for the major in the Geosciences because it involves the study basic physical properties of the Earth and Earth materials. This course satisfies GEN ED (SCLB) and, like all Introductory courses in the Geosciences, it has no prerequisites.
Offered: Every FALL Term