Course code:



I - Introductory

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ES - Environmental Science

Typically offered:

Every other year

In this course we will explore how geology has played a major role in human history and culture over multiple temporal and spatial scales.

We will explore the underlying geological processes forming and influencing our environment and how this relates to human migration and settlement patterns, political boundaries, geohazards, resources, the modern landscape, and agriculture.

This course will appeal to students interested in exploring connections between geology and other subject areas, or who are curious about humanity’s place in geologic time. This course will implement readings from a range of sources: geologic textbooks, excerpts from short historical texts, and scientific journal articles. We will use class time in a variety of ways: lecture-based, seminar-style discussion, and laboratories spent visiting local field sites. Students will be evaluated based on their performance on weekly problem sets or writing assignments, a midterm quiz, as well as a term project with both oral and written presentation components.



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