GEOL212 Earth Surface Processes

An examination of the evolution of Earth’s surface focusing on the processes that shape the landscape we see today. We will discuss the processes that shaped and continue to shape the landscapes around us, with a focus on fluvial processes. Through inquiry-based activities, students will learn to ask questions related to surface processes, collect data, and analyze the data they collect. Classes and field trips emphasize integration of descriptive, quantitative, and interpretive aspects of geomorphology.

Semester offered: Fall; Pre-requisite classes: GEOL120

GEOL120 Earth's Environment

An overview of the breadth of topics that are part of the field of geology. This class is a whirlwind tour of the geosphere (rocks and plate movement), the atmosphere (climate and weather), the hydrosphere (water and surface processes), and geologic time. There are required field trips and interactive lab activities.

Semester offered: both, I will teach the class in spring 2022

GEOL152 Soils and Society

Soils are the basis for the formation of our societies – we need soil to grow crops and to have land for our animals to graze. However, our activities greatly alter the soils that we rely on, reducing our ability to productively use the land we live on. Through the use of case-studies from regions around the world, students will learn the basics of soil science, hillslope geomorphology, and anthropogenic effects on these systems.

Semester offered: Fall (not offered in 2021-2022); No pre-requisites.

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