EARTH 108 - When Earth Attacks: The Science Behind Natural Disasters
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in EARTH 147 or GEOSCI 147.
Waitlist Capacity:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, landslides, floods, hurricanes, and tornados, can lead to thousands of fatalities and billions of dollars in economic damage. This course explores the science behind natural disasters, concentrating on our ability, or inability, to predict them, and how this affects public perception and policy. The course also addresses how natural disasters can lead to changes in both science and public policy.

Course Requirements:

The course will consist of weekly quizzes available in canvas open for at least 24hrs and some with multiple attempts. Participation will be measured by iclicker questions (for in-person participation) or discussion posts in Canvas (for asynchronous participation).

Intended Audience:

A broad spectrum of undergraduate students interested in understanding science behind  preparation for natural disasters and the role of science in policy related to natural disaster  preparation, mitigation, and response. 

Class Format:

Minicourse. One-hour lectures twice weekly during half of Fall or Winter term, or two-hour lectures twice weekly during half of Spring or Summer half-term.


EARTH 108 - When Earth Attacks: The Science Behind Natural Disasters
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Half-term minicourse. Meets January 05 thru February 24. Final Exam on February 24 unless otherwise arranged. Early Drop/Add Deadline: January 17.
002 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Half-term minicourse. Meets March 07 thru April 19. Final Exam on April 19 unless otherwise arranged. Drop/Add deadline March 21.

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