Science and the Universe: Volcanoes of the Sierra Nevada

CLLC-L 130 / Class TBA — Summer 2020

Snowy mountain peak
Course Description

Honors college students will receive honors credit.

Course counts for 3 credit hours and fulfills Collins’ residency requirement.

This course includes a two-week, field-oriented experience that will introduce a group of 18 undergraduate students to the geology and natural history of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain chain. It takes place on-site in eastern California. The course will focus on the geological processes and natural history of one of the most geologically and biologically dynamic parts of the continent, as well as the natural hazards and environmental issues facing the unique and environmentally sensitive area of the western U.S. Students will be exposed to critical thinking on a series of scientific, societal and ethical topics and expected to participate actively in oral and written projects. The final project will be a class web site with each student's contribution equivalent to a 10-15 page research paper.

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Course schedule: Dates TBA, followed by a two-week independent research period.

Instructor: Michael Hamburger, professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; John Rupp, Indiana Geological Survey