Extension of the study of geology, astronomy, meteorology and oceanography, focusing on natural resources, hazards and climate variability. This laboratory-based course accompanies GEOL 1302 Earth Sciences II. Activities will focus on methods used to collect and analyze data related to natural resources, hazards and climate variability. 

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Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Identify the influence of geologic and hydrologic processes on Earth’s surface.
  • Describe the causes and effects of tectonic, meteorological, oceanographic, and astronomical hazards.
  • Relate climate change to changes in tectonic configurations, astronomical relationships and atmospheric composition.
  • Discuss potential effects of climate variability on Earth systems, including biological systems.
  • Recognize how scientific models represent an abstraction of complex systems, such as ocean circulation and climate variability.
  • Describe natural resources used by humans and their occurrence and extraction.
  • Discuss the effects of renewable and nonrenewable resource development and sustainability.
  • Locate on maps and/or photographs localities susceptible to tectonic, meteorological, and oceanographic hazards.
  • Discuss methods of hazard prevention and mitigation such as early warning techniques, construction methods, and civil planning.
  • Describe contributing factors to past and current climate change.
  • Analyze effects of climate variability on geological and biological systems.
  • Analyze diverse sources of data that document climate variability such as ice cores, dendrochronology, fossils, and pollen.
  • Relate the distribution of fossil fuel, metal and nonmetal resources to geologic processes.
  • Describe the methods of extraction of natural resources and their effect on the environment.
  • Describe renewable resources and methods of sustainability.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 4
Lecture hours: 48.0
Lab hours: 32.0