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Watershed Geology Lab

 

 

 

Syllabus for GEOL 260/260L NOT YET POSTED
Geology and Hydrology: Earth Systems Applications - 4 credits
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 110 and CHEM 110L or equivalent. Corequisite(s): GEOL 260L
http://hydro.csumb.edu

 

Offered FALL & SPRING

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last updated (1/25/17)

Instructor: Dr. Douglas Smith
Email: dosmith@csumb.edu
Office Hours: by appointment through email or phone
Office: Rm. E213 or E225, Chapman Academic Science Center (Bldg. 53)
Ph: (831) 582-4696

 

Introduction

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.

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