EARTH 108 - When Earth Attacks: The Science Behind Natural Disasters
Fall 2023, 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.
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:
Start/End Date:
Partial Term 8/28/23 - 10/13/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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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.

Course Requirements:

Quizzes will be run through Canvas, and will remain open for at least 24 hours to accommodate all students.
Lectures will use iclicker to encourage in-class participation.

Intended Audience:

All undergraduate students.

Class Format:

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.


EARTH 108 - When Earth Attacks: The Science Behind Natural Disasters
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Partial Term 8/28/23 - 10/13/23

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