Natural Science 0145 - Earth and Life Through Time

Earth and Life Through Time

Steve Roof

10:30AM-11:50AM TU;10:30AM-11:50AM TH

Hampshire College
Cole Science Center 333;Cole Science Center 333
Humans are recent tenants on an ancient Earth. Understanding Earth's remarkable history is enlightening yet humbling. Earth's history provides a critical lens for evaluating the environmental processes occurring in our modern world. In this course, we will travel through time to study the evolution of Earth from its fiery beginning over 4.5 billion years ago to the present day. We will explore the physical and biological evolution of Earth and gain an appreciation for Earth as a series of complex systems that interact dynamically and holistically. We will also learn how geologists reconstruct Earth history as well as predict the future. This course will be valuable for anyone who is curious about geology, life, and evolution and is concerned about the future of Earth and its tenants. Keywords:Geology, Environmental science, evolution, sustainability

Environments and Change Libraray Materials:Students will be doing some research using library databases and available e-resources and journals Students should expect to spend 8 hours weekly on work and preparation outside of class time

Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.