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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EVR6101
Tracking Number - 1930

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-05-04
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2004-04-19
  2. Department: Environmental Science & Policy
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 122400000
  5. Contact Person: L. Donald Duke
  6. Phone: 48087
  7. Email: ldduke@chuma1.cas.usf.edu
  8. Prefix: EVR
  9. Number: 6101
  10. Full Title: Geomorphology for Environmental Scientists
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Geomorphology for Env. Sci.
  19. Course Online?: -
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  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Introductory background in Geology or Physical Geography
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  24. Course Description: Course will explore the evolution of landscapes, natural processes that alter Earth's surface, and rates of change in the surficial environment. The course will emphasize topics relevant to environmental scientists in Florida - esp. soils, karst, & coasts

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Graduate students in Environmental Science & Policy are commonly employed in private consulting and government agencies that deal with land-use, development, water resources, environmental impact assessment, and related regulatory issues. They will benefi
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This is an elective course that will be valuable for students studying surficial environments or working as environmental scientists in a professional capacity. It will be directed to graduate students in Environmental Science & Policy, Geology, Geography, and Archaeology.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, as a co-listed Geology (GLY 6739) and Environmental Science & Policy (EVR 6934) course in Fall, 2002. It will also be taught in Fall, 2004, as a special topics course.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in geology or physical geography or significant research
  29. Objectives: Geomorphology deals with the evolution of landforms and landscapes, the processes by which Earthís surface continuously changes, and the rates and timescales over which the changes occur. In this class we will explore selected aspects of the broad discipline of Geomorphology, focusing ultimately on three topics from a Florida perspective. The course will begin with an introduction to the science of geomorphology, climatic geomorphology, and geochronologic techniques. We will follow with investigations of soils geomorphology, karst geomorphology, and coastal geomorphology using the geologic literature for case studies from different regions of the world and field investigations to explore specific examples from the local region.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will have field experience conducting soil surveys and descriptions; mapping karst (sinkhole and related terrains) features and assessing potential karst hazards; understanding of coastal processes, landforms, and environments through fieldwork, lectures, and literature survey. Ultimately, students will understand basic geomorphic principles with an emphasis on their application to Florida's surficial environments.
  31. Major Topics: - Earth's energy systems & surficial processes

    - Climatic geomorphology

    - Geochronology; reconstructing past environments and rates of environmental change

    - Soils geomorphology, with an emphasis on Florida soils

    - Karst geomorphology, with an emphasis on local karst environments

    - Coastal geomorphology, with an emphasis on the Gulf coast of Florida

  32. Textbooks: Selections from numerous texts and scientific literature will be made available through library reserve. A course packet will be developed through an outside service (e.g., ProCopy) containing relevant literature that students will purchase.

    Optional, though recommended text:

    Ritter, D.F., Kochel, R.C., and Miller, J.F., 2002. Process Geomorphology, 4th edition, Prentice Hall, 560 pp.

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