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Spring 2013-2014
* GEO 103 (STL)  

Natural Disasters

Allan M. Rubin

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

Reading/Writing assignments:
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.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 30%
Lab Reports - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other information:
Must pass lab to pass course. 15% under "Other" is from short writing assignments and class participation.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42256 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W F   Jadwin Hall   A10   Enrolled:73 Limit:90
42257 B01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Guyot Hall   178   Enrolled:15 Limit:18 Closed
42258 B02 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Guyot Hall   178   Enrolled:13 Limit:18
42259 B03 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm M   Guyot Hall   178   Enrolled:15 Limit:18 Closed
43776 B04 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Guyot Hall   178   Enrolled:13 Limit:18
43777 B05 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm T   Guyot Hall   178   Enrolled:17 Limit:18 Closed