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Introduction to Natural Disasters

  • Prerequisite: Two years of lab science
    [One-half Credit]

The purpose of this course is to provide an interdisciplinary overview of Earth’s surface processes that directly impact humanity. This course will integrate principles in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. We will explore the characteristics, causes, global distribution, estimated frequencies, and effects of the following natural hazards: earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding, landslides, sinkholes, thunderstorms and tornadoes, coastal hazards, climate change, wildfires, and impact events. We will also look at approaches to mitigate the effects on humans and how humans are exacerbating the frequency and effects of some of these natural disasters. By the end of the course, students will have an overview of Earth’s natural hazards and how they impact societies and economies in a globalized world. This class runs every other spring semester, when Ancient and Modern Forensics are not offered.