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Earth Sciences (GEOL)
100 Cascade, 541-346-4573
College of Arts & Sciences
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Course Data
  GEOL 110   People, Rocks, & Fire >3 4.00 cr.
Investigation of topics in geology, ecology, and anthropology relevant to contemporary global energy debates; current energy policy issues investigated through term projects.
Grading Options: Graded for Majors; Optional for all other students
Instructor: Rempel AE-mailHomepage Office:   108 Volcanology
Phone:   (541) 346-6316
 
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Lecture

15995 3 80 1000-1120 mw 229 MCK Rempel A  

Final Exam:

1015-1215 r 12/08 229 MCK
 
Associated Sections

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15996 1 20 0900-0950 t 254 COL Schachtman N  

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15997 0 20 1300-1350 t 254 COL Marin Jarrin M  

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15998 0 20 1300-1350 w 254 COL Schachtman N  

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15999 2 20 0800-0850 f 143 COL Marin Jarrin M L
Academic Deadlines
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October 2:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
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October 3:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 3:   Process a complete drop (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 5:   Add this course
October 5:   Last day to change to or from audit
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October 16:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
October 23:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
November 13:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
November 13:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
This course is an investigative project with the goal of understanding how past societies adapted to widespread and often dramatic changes in their foods and fuels, and more importantly, how our current society can learn from their suc¬cesses and failures in addressing contemporary global energy questions.

Principles of thermodynamics, geology, and ecology establish a scientific context for consideration of coal and petroleum formation, the dilemmas faced by an¬cient agricultural societies, the usefulness of fossil fuels in creating mechanical energy and the resulting explosion of growth in the Industrial Revolution, and the transformation of industrialized societies into city-dwelling, highly mobile populations.

These considerations lead us to the present day, in which developed societies utterly depend on fossil energy, limits to petroleum and impending climate change are widely acknowledged, and volatile debates pit environmental preser¬vation against natural gas, oil, and coal extraction (or, viewed alternatively, the well-being of future generations against the jobs and homes of current ones). Immediate, unresolved issues such as these will be considered in substantial term projects, each involving rigorous quantitative and qualitative evaluation of conflicting positions leading to persuasive written and oral arguments in favor of a specific view.

This course meets Science group criteria as it introduces students to relevant fundamental topics in classical and chemical thermodynamics, photosynthesis and agriculture, oxidation/re¬duction and nuclear chemistry, population ecology, petroleum and coal geol¬ogy, electromagnetism, and anthropology.

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