EARTH 108 - When Earth Attacks: The Science Behind Natural Disasters
Fall 2022, Section 002
Instruction Mode: Section 002 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.
Primary Instructor:


Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, landslides, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes, can lead to thousands of fatalities and billions of dollars in economic damage. This course explores the science behind natural hazards, concentrating on our ability, or inability, to prepare for and mitigate the effects of them, and how this affects public perception and policy.

One hour lectures twice weekly during half of Winter term. The class will be taught synchronously in-person with classes recorded for those that prefer an asynchronous version of the class.

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:

The course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.

Class Format:

Winter 2022: Synchronous but optional and recorded so that students can see the recordings later.


EARTH 108 - When Earth Attacks: The Science Behind Natural Disasters
Schedule Listing
002 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Half-term minicourse. Meets Oct 24 thru Dec 9. Final Exam on Dec 7 unless otherwise arranged. Drop/add deadline is Nov 7.

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