Time: Mon/Wed 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: DH 208
This course provides a foundational introduction to geology as applied to civil engineering. In Geol 2, you will learn about the materials and processes that have formed the Earth, and how they continue to change the environment around us. You will discover how geology impacts our lives everyday. We will examine how Plate Tectonics drives many constructive and destructive events on Earth such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Learning how Earth materials form and then break down, will provide a foundation for determining the potential for natural hazards such as landslides and earthquakes, and how to mitigate their effects. Examining how water behaves on the surface and underground will help prevent urban development within floodplains, contamination of water supplies, and damaging effects of ground subsidence. This course will focus on learning, then applying, knowledge of geologic processes to civil engineering works and decisions. By the end of this course, you should be able to evaluate the suitability of areas for urban infrastructure based upon geologic evidence and reasoning.