G 148 Course Outcomes

G148 Volcanoes and Earthquakes Course Outcomes

1) Students will develop an effective understanding of the basic concepts, processes, and analytic tools as they are currently understood and largely agreed upon in the science of geology. These include fundamental scientific theories such as plate tectonics and geologic age determinations. G148 in particular, will expose students to the global processes of volcanism and earthquakes. The class will highlight examples from the Pacific Northwest and explore the relationships of volcanoes and earthquakes among other scientific disciplines. (ex: chemistry of magma; physics of earthquakes)

2) Through inquiry-based, hands-on laboratory activities and field experiences students will develop specific experimental skills and knowledge leading to the ability to identify, implement, and interpret scientific information as it relates to geology. Students will apply their knowledge and skills and employ logical scientific methodologies in a variety of numerical and descriptive problem solving situations.

3) Students will be able to evaluate and articulate the application and relevance of volcanism and earthquake activity to the world around them at a personal, community, and global level. As a result, students will understand the significant role of science and geology in particular, in modern society in dealing with the positive and negative aspects of geologic hazards. Moreover, students will become more scientifically literate citizens capable of formulating informed logical opinions regarding the application of science and technology in response to geologic hazards in the Pacific Northwest.