Department of Geosciences
North Dakota State University
Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11:00 to 11:50 a.m.
Instructor: B. Saini-Eidukat, office 129 Stevens Hall, ext. 1-8785
Text: L.W. Lundgren, Environmental Geology, 2nd ed., Prentice Hall
Web Site: http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/instruct/sainieid/env/index.shtml
course schedule ( subject to change ):
Introduction (Ch. 1)
Motivation for Environmental Studies
Hazardous Earth Processes (Ch. 2 - 7)
Landslides and Related Phenomena
Resources (Ch. 9 - 11)
Water Supply and Use
Energy and Mineral Resources
Environmental Management (Ch. 13-15)
Soil and Water Pollution and Treatment
Solid Waste Management
Hazardous Chemical Waste Management
Radioactive Waste Management
Geology and Environmental Health
The Earth's Atmosphere
Urban Air Pollution
Student Project Reports
Exam 1 Feb. 2
Exam 2 Mar. 2
Exam 3 Apr. 2
Final Exam Tuesday, May 8, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Intended Student Outcomes:
- To understand the relation of humans to the physical environment, including soil stability, water use, and land use
- To understand the occurrence of natural hazards and methods of hazard mitigation
- To demonstrate the scientific method through examples in the environment
- To demonstrate the use of mathematical reasoning to solve environmental questions
- To prepare a geologic report on an environmental issue, and present results in oral, written, and electronic forms
Examinations and Grading:
Grading will be based on four exams (short answer, multiple choice and essay), occasional quizzes, approximately six homework assignments, and a term project and presentation. The final exam will be cumulative. Each person will undertake an independent class project on some aspect of Environmental Geology, and will present results as a class presentation, as a 10 page report, and as web pages.
Three exams 45%
Quizzes and homework 15%
Term Project 25%
Final Exam 15%
The final letter grade will be assigned based on the following table, unless the class average deviates significantly from 75%. In the latter case, a "curve" will be applied.
A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70 - 79; D = 60-69; F = <60
"Borderline" cases will be judged individually, based on grade improvement, demonstrated effort, class participation, etc.
Any Students who need special accommodations for learning or who have special needs are invited to share these concerns or requests with the instructor as soon as possible.
All work in this course must be completed in a manner consistent with NDSU University Senate Policy, section 335: Code of Academic Responsibility and
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