ENVI 205
Geomorphology Fall 2018
Division III
Cross-listed ENVI 205 / GEOS 201
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Geomorphology is the study of landforms, the processes that shape them and the rates at which surface processes change the landscape in which we live. The course is designed for Geosciences majors and for environmental studies students interested in surficial geologic processes and their importance in shaping the physical environment. We emphasize the influence of climatic, tectonic, and volcanic forces on landform evolution over relatively short periods of geologic time, generally thousands to a few millions of years. At this time scale, the influence of human activity and climate change on geomorphic processes is strong, perhaps dominant, in many geologic environments. Many of our examples analyze human interaction – planned or unplanned– with geomorphic processes. Labs focus on field measurements of channels and landscapes in the Williamstown area as well as on the analysis of topographic maps and imagery.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours per week/student projects; weekend field trip to the White Mountains
Limit: 18
Expected: 15
Class#: 1632
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on two hour exams, a project, lab work and class participation
Prerequisites: any 100-level GEOS course or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 205 Division III GEOS 201 Division III
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Natural World Electives
EVST Environmental Science
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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