Nov 19, 2019  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20
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GEOL 1350 - Natural Disasters

Analysis of threats associated with living on a dynamic planet. Focus on the origins and physical natures of hazardous geological events. Taught using case studies of actual disasters. Intended to convey how we can minimize our vulnerability to disasters by applying lessons learned from past earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides, and sinkhole collapses. Intended for science and nonscience majors seeking a basic understanding of geology and how it affects the human race.

Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2AS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Know how the scientific method is used investigate natural phenomena, including the benefits and hazards of making assumptions and performing hypothesis tests.
  • Know how to calculate and interpret recurrence intervals, probabilities, and risks while understanding the estimated values are only as good as the underlying data.
  • Know how to identify the major natural hazards present in their communities.
  • Understand how human activities help cause or increase the severity of many ¿natural disasters.¿
  • Understand the geological origins of especially important natural hazards, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and abrupt climate changes induced by earth cataclysms.
  • Understand why natural hazards are stochastic phenomena and how this prevents us from predicting their occurrences well before they happen.

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