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Interim 2010

Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies

GEOL W40 Hawaii: Volcanoes in the Sea.  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 hopefully view ongoing eruptions 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 6 -27.  Fee: $3200.  G. Van Kooten. Off campus.

GEOL 151 Big Sky Geology:  Montana Field Experience (MAY) (field version of on-campus Geol 151) (4 credit hours). This Interim in May 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 geologic hazards. Afternoon field activities are an important part of the course, and field work complements 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 and maintain a written field log.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Geology major or minor, the Environmental Geology major, the Earth/Space Science for Secondary Education major or minor, and fills Physical World core.  NOTE:  This 2-week Interim course begins immediately after spring semester exams.  Course dates: May 21 - June 3, 2010.  Fee $1100. R. Stearley, G. Van KootenOff campus.

IDIS W43 Ethiopia: Communities of Hope. J. Bascom, M. VanderWal.

IDIS W47 Who Owns the West? An Introduction to Federal Land and Resource Management. (MAY).  J. Skillen.

IDIS 375 Methods & Pedagogies for Secondary Social StudiesR. Schoone-Jongen.