ESS 100 - Earth Science

Course Description

This course is a general survey of geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy in the context of natural hazards and disasters. There is an emphasis on understanding, predicting, avoiding, and preventing these disasters. The course is intended for non-science majors interested in the earth sciences and how they relate to human activity.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Analyze efforts to minimize the effects of natural hazards.
Explore how scientific evaluation can assess the dangers posed by natural processes through observation and risk analysis.
Explain the underlying geologic and atmospheric processes responsible for natural hazards such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.
Identify areas susceptible to natural hazards and infer which hazards have the potential to become natural disasters or catastrophes as a result of geographic or anthropogenic factors.
Develop an appreciation of the significance of natural hazard events through the application of natural hazard case studies.
Demonstrate techniques for solving problems in a collaborative, technology-rich laboratory environment.

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2

Course Prerequisites: ENG 050 and REA 050