GEOSCI 208 - Hot Topics in the Earth Sciences
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Geological Sciences (GEOSCI)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The modern Earth Sciences are in the middle of some of the hottest debates in science on topics such as climate, global change, natural hazards, water and resources, evolution and origin of life, and the future of our planet. The Geological Sciences Department hosts an endowed Smith Lecture Series in which earth scientists from many research areas around the world share their latest work on these topics. Seminar participants will attend the lectures, read the posted topical articles, and post a weblog entry each week discussing new earth science insights gained from hearing the lecture and the effectiveness of the speaker in communicating these points.

GEOSCI 208 covers the entire range of research in the department. Lectures include the latest research and analysis of important issues in the field, and students work on understanding these issues during class. Nor prerequisites are required, and students throughout the College are welcome.

Intended audience: Undergraduates interested in Earth sciences and the environment.

Course Requirements: Attendance at both the weekly Smith Lecture and preceding seminar is mandatory. Grade is based on weekly attendance, participation in discussion sessions, and weblog entries.

Class Format: Meets for one hour before lecture, then for the Smith Lecture.

This minicourse has no textbook since the lecture topics vary from term to term, but students read papers each week written by the speaker and others on the topic of the week; these are posted online by the instructor.

GEOSCI 208 - Hot Topics in the Earth Sciences
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001 (SEM)
F 3:00PM - 4:00PM
F 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Please note that attendance at the weekly Smith Lecture Fridays, 4-5pm, in 1528 CC Little, is MANDATORY for this class.
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