2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

The Shape of Things: Geology and Landforms


Spring 2012 quarter

Kenneth Tabbutt geology
Fields of Study
field studies and geology
Preparatory for studies or careers in
earth science and natural history.

Over the past 4.6 billion years the physical landscape and internal structure of the Earth has changed due to natural geologic processes that have acted over time; mountain ranges have uplifted and been eroded away, rocks have formed and reformed. In this program, students will be introduced to these dynamic processes as well as the materials that make up the Earth and the depths of geologic time. Instances where society has tried to engineer structures to counteract these natural processes will also be examined. Students will have the opportunity to apply their understanding both in the lab and in the field, as well as to learn the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and use this tool to assess and display geologic data.

There will be an opportunity for a limited number of students to participate in a 18-day river trip through the Grand Canyon. In order to participate in the Grand Canyon field trip, students must complete an application form that will be available at the beginning of winter quarter. Students that do not participate in the Grand Canyon field trip will have the option to do project work instead.

Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
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Required Fees
$1,700 for a two-week Grand Canyon field trip (optional).
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
April 13th, 2011 Cancelled as of April 13, 2011.