Catalog Number: 0820
Number of Credits: 3
The geologic, hydrologic and atmospheric processes that impact the human environment in catastrophic ways are examined in this course. Natural Disasters focuses on how normal Earth processes can concentrate energy to deal devastating blows to humans and their structures. Topics covered include, energy cycles, plate tectonics, and focused studies of the following hazards: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, wildfires, flooding, landslides, climate change and mass extinctions. Students will get hands on experience and must sign up for a weekly recitation. And those students interested in this subject may count this course as credit toward other related courses and majors in Geology and Planetary Science.
Offered every spring term. Lecture 2 hours; recitation 1 hour.