* GEO 103 (STL)
An introduction to natural (and some society-induced) hazards and the importance of public understanding of the issues related to them. Emphasis is on the geological processes that underlie the hazards, with discussion of relevant policy issues tied to reading recent newspaper/popular science articles. Principal topics: Earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, tsunami, hurricanes, floods, meteorite impacts, global warming. Intended primarily for non-science majors.
Sample reading list:
Abbott, Patrick, Natural Disasters, McGraw Hill, 9th Edition
Approximately 30 pages of reading from Abbott's "Natural Disasters" each week, plus one paragraph-long writing assignments based on short (1-2 page) newspaper articles. Pre-lab assignments and lab reports typically require approximately 2 hours per week.
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 30%
Lab Reports - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%
Must pass lab to pass course. 15% under "Other" is from short writing assignments and class participation.
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