GEO 111/112 Geologic Hazards and Natural Disasters

Pathways designation: Scientific World/College Option lab

Field work

Course Description

GEO 111 Lecture
3 hours; 3 credits
An introduction to geologic hazards, their causes, and the natural disasters that result. Processes at the surface of the Earth and in the atmosphere and hydrosphere. Geologic hazards that occur due to surface processes, including slope failure, stream and coastal flooding, severe weather events, wildfires, climate change, and impacts. The Theory of Plate Tectonics, and the earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes produced as a result of tectonic processes. A full day fieldtrip is required.
Prerequisite: MTH 020 or an appropriate score on the CUNY Mathematics Assessment Test
Corequisite: GEO 112

GEO 112 Lab
2 laboratory hours; 1 credit
Laboratory class introducing geologic hazards, their causes, and the natural disasters that result. Hands on exercises using maps, online data sets, and lab measurements to interpret geologic hazards that occur due to surface processes and plate tectonics. NOTE: This course has a material fee.
Prerequisite: MTH 020 or an appropriate score on the CUNY Mathematics Assessment Test
Corequisite: GEO 111

Students who should take this class:

  • Require a second science (Scientific World) and interested to learn how geology affects our everyday lives

  • Considering a minor in Geology (this course may be an elective – talk to Dr. Jane Alexander)

Geologic hazards have the potential to impact our lives when we least expect it, as Staten Island residents discovered in 2012 with Superstorm Sandy. This class explores how these hazardous events are linked to geological and atmospheric processes, such as, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, wildfires and storms. We also take a look at how this understanding of the processes allows us to predict the risks associated with these events.

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Earth and Ocean Sciences

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