for GEOL 260/260L NOT YET POSTED
Hydrology: Earth Systems Applications - 4 credits
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 110 and CHEM 110L or equivalent. Corequisite(s): GEOL
Offered FALL & SPRING
last updated (1/25/17)
Instructor: Dr. Douglas Smith
Office Hours: by appointment through email or phone
Office: Rm. E213 or E225, Chapman Academic Science Center (Bldg. 53)
Ph: (831) 582-4696
Geology/Hydrology is a unique course
that develops an understanding of the central role that Earth Sciences
play in human culture. In truth, everything we have or use in our society
ultimately comes from the Earth and returns to the Earth, so a clear
understanding of how the planet provides and reclaims resources is one
key to developing responsible leaders and voters in our society. We
keep these themes in mind as we explore plate tectonics, minerals, rocks,
faults, folds, earthquakes, floods, global sea level, geologic time, map analysis, surface and ground water, and overpopulation.
The earth’s strongly interlinked
physical and biological systems have evolved over the past 4.5 billion
years, and continue to change today. The landscape and biological environments
you see today are but snapshots--still frames-- from a continuing feature
length movie. Monterey Bay and the hills framing the Salinas Valley
offer exceptional opportunities to experientially learn about your planet
and the socio-economic impact of geology and hydrology on our communities.
You will gain from the course a new
way of looking at your planet, your community, and yourself. You will
also have a new intellectual "toolbox" with which to measure
and interpret the physical aspects of the Earth system. Your progress
will be assessed in a variety of ways including field notes, short field
reports, reflective writing, multiple choice questions, and essay examination.
You will be able to improve your course grade by attending and summarizing
"Brownbag" seminars at the Watershed Institute.