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GEOL 231 - Natural Hazards


Units: 3
Earth and human-induced processes and their effects on human populations. Topics include earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, coastal erosion, floods, severe storms, atmospheric and water pollution.

Credit Restrictions: Not for Geology or Environmental Sciences major or minor credit.
Equivalent Quarter Course: GEOL 2300  or GEOL 2301.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of natural hazards by applying these core ideas and skills: Understand the energetics of natural disasters - earth-driven versus solar-driven processes.
  2. Understand plate tectonics - the fundamental and underlying theory that accounts for and predicts all geological systems and is the specific cause of earthquakes, volcanoes and also gravitationally-driven mass-wasting events.
  3. Geologic Time - appreciate the incredible magnitude of geologic time and its fundamental importance to all natural phenomena and the different timescales involved.
  4. Understand solar-driven phenomena - weather and climate-related hazards, global-climate change and related fires and flooding.
  5. Understand the fundamental difference between hazard and risk, and how to mitigate risk.
  6. Understanding the very real nature of the risks associated with living in the San Francisco Bay area and around the world.




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