Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies
W11 Earth Science for Elementary Education (4) . This course is designed for students in the elementary education program. Students use earth science concepts in an inquiry-based approach to build a knowledge base that is appropriate to the elementary school classroom. The course covers topics in earth sciences that are recommended as teaching objectives in elementary education. 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. This is a course that emphasizes student interaction with the physical world. Lectures and other formal presentations are minimized in favor of hands-on investigations, small and large group discussions, peer demonstrations and outdoor activities. Students are required to keep consistent journals in which they reflect upon coursework and develop thoughtful insights in response to material learned in the classroom, Since this course is designed for future educators, some opportunity is made for students to think about, discuss and practice how the earth science content they learn can be effectively conveyed to elementary and middle school students. This is a graded course. K. Bergwerf . 8:30 a.m. to noon.
W40 Geology of National Parks. This course will explore the landscapes and the geology beneath the surface of almost all of the 53 U.S. National Parks. Students consider sets of parks grouped by geologic similarities: volcanoes, glaciers, canyons, and exotic terranes. For many parks, rock samples and maps are used to demonstrate how God built these wonders of nature. The course includes lectures, slide images, videos, textbook readings, laboratory exercises, and a term paper. R. Spoelhof. 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
151 Big Sky Geology: Montana Field Experience . This Interim in May course in Introductory Geology is based in Southwest Montana , which offers superb geology within reasonable driving distances. This course fulfills the Physical Science core requirement 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, including rocks and minerals, landforms and surficial processes, geological hazards, and natural resources. Afternoon filed activities are an important part of each day and will complement morning lecture and lab activities. Included among the many localities we will visit are Yellowstone National Park and Craters of the Moon National Monument . As a graded course, quizzes and exams will cover lecture and text material. Students will be required to complete lab assignments, construct a written field log, and choose and complete a special field project. N OTE: DATES FOR THIS INTERIM ARE MAY 21-JUNE 4. Fee: $1,100. G. Van Kooten, R. Stearley . Off campus.
IDIS W10 Eritrea : Physical and Cultural Contrasts in Africa . J. Bascom.
IDIS W13 Dutch Landscape: Society, Technology and Environment. H. Aay, R. Hoeksema.
IDIS W42 Sand Dunes. D. van Dijk.