GEOS 301
Geomorphology Spring 2025
Division III
Cross-listed ENVI 331

Class Details

Geomorphology is the study of landforms, the processes that shape them, and the rates at which these processes change the landscape in which we live. The course is designed for Geosciences majors and for environmental studies students interested in the evolution of Earth’s surface and the ways our activities are changing the planet. We will examine the ways in which climatic, tectonic, and volcanic forces drive landscape evolution over relatively short periods of geologic time, generally thousands to a few millions of years. More recently, the impacts of human activity in reshaping landscapes, determining the movement of water, and changing climate could not be clearer. We will also examine how these impacts are affecting communities, including causes and possible solutions to environmental injustice. We will explore local case studies of geomorphology, such as the impact of ice-age glaciation on landscapes in the northeastern United States and the legacy of deforestation and river damming during the colonial era. We will learn a range of practical skills for describing physical environments and for predicting how they change, including field surveys, GIS analysis, and numerical modelling. This course is in the Sediments and Life group for the Geosciences major.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture, three hours per week and laboratory, three hours per week
Limit: 18
Expected: 18
Class#: 3177
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly lab exercises, a research project, and a midterm and final exam
Prerequisites: At least one 100-level and one 200-level GEOS or ENVI course or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: GEOS and ENVI majors
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GEOS 301 Division III ENVI 331 Division III
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Natural World Electives
EVST Environmental Science
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
GEOS Group B Electives - Sediments + Life

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