Course Description

Environmental and Ocean Sciences

EOSC Natural Disasters with Lab (4)

Eric Cathcart 

CRN 191 Limit 18

6-week I (6/3 – 7/12)
M & W 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. SCST 129
T & Th (& Fri., 6/28)
1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
SCST 262

This course will give students an introduction to the earth and the dynamic natural processes that impact humanity and life in general. Man and nature are becoming increasingly intertwined as the human race continues to proliferate.
This course will emphasize the fundamental scientific principles and processes related to natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, severe weather, hurricanes, meteorite impacts, and climate change. Historic catastrophes will be emphasized. This course includes a weekly lab, in which students will learn to identify rocks and minerals, employ map skills to study faults, coastal erosion, landslides, flooding, and other natural hazards, and interpret meteorological and climate data. Natural hazards in San Diego will be examined through local field trips. This course has a mandatory weekend field trip. Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled as of Monday, May 13.