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Interim 2011

Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies

GEOG W40 The Geography of Terrorism. This course introduces students to terrorism from a geographic perspective. The course is formatted to provide both foundational theory and practical skills as a lecture and lab. Lectures and readings will include a variety of topics on terrorism, including investigation of definitions of terrorism, various historical and modern forms of terrorism, critical theory, issues of Christian faith in relation to terrorism, Homeland Security, and the state-of-the art of terrorism research from a geographic perspective. Laboratory work will be conducted using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. Lab work will explore the spatial analysis and mapping of multiple forms of terrorism, vulnerability and threat analysis, border issues, privacy, international relations, and weapons of mass destruction.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Geography major and minor. No pre-requisite is required and the class if open to all students; however, Geography 221 and Geography 222 is recommended.  J. Van Horn.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

GEOL 112 Earth Science for Educators. (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 23-June 5. Fee: $1100. K. Bergwerff.  Off campus.

GEOL 151 Big Sky Geology:  Montana (field version of on-campus Geol 151). (MAY)  (4 semester 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 afternoon field work each day 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, Enviromental 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 commencement.  Course dates: May 23 - June 5.  Fee: $1100.  R. Stearley.  Off campus.

IDIS W19 Sustainability in New Zealand (MAY).  J. Curry, G. Heffner.

IDIS W54 Imagination in Place: Exploring the Writings of Wendell BerryJ. Curry, G. Heffner.