Mar 03, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

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GEOL 1350 - Natural Disasters

Critical analysis of threats associated with living on a dynamic planet focusing on the origins and physical natures of hazardous geological events. Taught using integrative case studies of actual disasters and intended to convey how we can minimize our vulnerability to disasters by applying lessons learned from past earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides, and tsunamis. Intended for science and non-science majors seeking a basic understanding of geology and how it affects people and societies.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Pillar: Natural Sciences
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2AS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMNS Natural Sciences
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:  

  • Students will be able to explain basic terminology, concepts and methods of geology as applied to natural disasters and their effects on societies.
  • Students will be able to outline how scientific principles are formulated, tested and either modified or validated.
  • Students will be able to apply scientific methods of inquiry appropriate to geology to gather and analyze data and draw evidence-based conclusions about risks and mitigation strategies tied to natural disasters.
  • Students will be able to evaluate evidence-based scientific arguments in a logical fashion and distinguish between scientific and non-scientific evidence and explanations of the causes of natural disasters and climate change.
  • Students will be able describe how scientific data are reproducible while also having intrinsic variation and possible limitations.
  • Students will be able to communicate how scientific findings contribute to the modern world and to preparing for natural disasters.

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