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. J. Van Horn. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
ENST 395 Environmental Studies Capstone. This course aims to develop a Christian philosophy of the environment and environmental management. Issues, problems, and controversies in environmental ethics are explored. Environmental thought is explored historically, through the perspectives of contemporary environmental movements, and finally from a Reformed, Christian perspective. These topics are studied in a seminar format with extensive readings, student reports, and discussion. Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 210 and 302 or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the Integrative Studies core requirement. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $1250. J. Skillen. Off campus.
GEOL 153 Big Sky Geology: Montana (MAY). This Interim course in Physical Geology is based in southwestern 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. Field activities are an important part of the course, and afternoon field work most days 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, make an identified rock and mineral collection, and maintain a written field log. Course dates: May 26-June 9. Fee: $1250. G. Van Kooten. Off campus.