This course serves as an upper division introduction to environmental geology. The emphasis is placed on the technical aspects of human interaction with near-surface environments of the Earth. The range of topics include an overview of environmental and land-use regulations, geomorphic hazards (soil erosion, flooding, mass wasting, landslide, debris flow), tectonic hazards (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions), water resource issues (source, supply and quality), and mining impacts. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement.
Course is offered each fall semester.
Williams Canyon Burn Scar. Photo by: Eric Billmeyer, 2012