101: Introduction to Geology and the Environment
This course explores the relationships between
human beings and their geologic environment . First, it
provides a construct for understanding geologic concepts
by addressing the nature of science, systems, and time.
Using this foundation, students examine earth's internal/external
processes and responses within Earth's internal/external
process and responses within geological systems such as
rivers, coasts, groundwater, glaciers, soils, the mantle,
and the crust (volcanoes and earthquakes). In the process,
students learn: how geology relates to other disciplines,
how to respond critically to stories in the media and
to arguments by members of interest groups; and how to
make wiser business, political, and ethical decisions.
Laboratory and field work provide hands-on opportunities
to learn the fundamental building blocks of geology and
to analyze the impact or human beings on Earth's system.
Three hours of class and one three-hour lab session per
especially need imagination in science. It is not all
mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty
and poetry. --Maria Mitchell