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Interim courses

GEOL W40 Hawaii: Volcanoes in the Sea.
Instructors: G. Van Kooten, J. Van Horn

This course explores the natural and cultural history of Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, and briefly Oahu, the four major islands of the Hawaiian archipelago.  Hawaii contains the world's most active volcano at Kilauea caldera and Hawaii supports a fragile, tropical ecosystem.  The course focuses on the active and extinct volcanoes and other geologic features of the islands, but students also investigate Hawaii's marine (reef) environment, the diverse land ecology, and the human history of settlement and development of the islands.  Students will view ongoing eruptions, if possible, and hike over and study fresh lava flows and associated volcanic features.  Instruction will take place on daily field trips to sites of geological, oceanographic, ecological, and cultural significance.  Daily activities include light to occasionally moderate  to optional strenuous hiking, and occasional snorkeling.  Each student is responsible for reading the assigned text, each student discusses an aspect of the Hawaiian Islands or culture in an on-site class presentation, and each student maintains a daily journal.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Geology, Geography, Environmental Geology and Environmental Studies majors and minors. Course dates: January 3 - 23. Fee: $3400. Off campus.

GEOL 112 Earth Science for Educators: Montana
Instructors: K. Bergwerff

(MAY) (4 semester hours). This course is designed for students in the education program. Students use earth science concepts in an inquiry-based approach to build a knowledge base that is appropriate to the school classroom. The course covers topics in earth sciences that are required as teaching objectives in National Science Education Standards and in the Benchmarks for Science Literacy. These include activities studying astronomy, plate tectonics, erosion and weathering, volcanology, meteorology, and how humans interact with earth systems. A perspective of respect for God's creation and Christian stewardship of the creation is presented as the purpose for investigating and learning to understand the concepts presented in earth science. Field trips will include Butte, Yellowstone National Park, and Craters of the Moon National Monument. Evaluation is based on graded lab/field work exercises, quizzes, journals and a final exam. This course may fulfill an elective in the Integrated Science major or minor. NOTE: This 2-week Interim course begins immediately after spring commencement. Course dates: May 20 - June 3. Fee: $1250. Off campus.

GEOL 153 Big Sky Geology: Montana
Instructors: G. Van Kooten

(MAY) (4 credit hours). This May Interim course in Physical Geology is based in SW Montana, a location with a wide variety of superb geologic exposures and landscapes. This course fulfills the Physical World core and emphasizes outdoor, field-based investigation and learning. Students will be introduced to the breadth of geological study leading to responsible Christian appreciation and stewardship of the Earth. Topics include rocks and minerals, volcanoes, weathering, rivers and streams, geologic time, plate tectonics, natural resources and geological hazards. Field activities are an important part of the course, with afternoon field work complementing morning lecture and lab activities. Included among the many visited localities are Butte, Yellowstone National Park and Craters of the Moon National Monument. As a graded course, quizzes and exams will cover lecture, lab and text. Students will be required to complete lab assignments, make an identified rock and mineral collection, and maintain a written field log. NOTE: This 2-week Interim in May course begins immediately after spring commencement. Course dates: May 20 - June 4. Fee: $1250. Off campus.

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IDIS W46 Dutch Landscapes
Instructors: H. Aay, R. Hoeksema

Course dates: January 2 - 26. Fee: $3320. Off campus.

Past interims

Ethiopia: Communities of Hope - an interdisciplinary course co-taught by Johnathan Bascom.

Leadership, Geography and Culture in Kenya
- an interdisciplinary course taught by Johnathan Bascom in collaboration with Messiah College

Who Owns the West? An Introduction to Federal Land and Resource Management - an interdisciplinary course taught by James Skillen.

Earth Science for Educators - offered in odd-numbered years in Montana (May interim); a course specifically designed for future teachers, taught by Ken Bergwerff.

Dutch Landscapes - an interdisciplinary course taught by Henk Aay and Bob Hoeksema