Intro-level GG courses for all UHM students

GG101: Dynamic Earth (3 hrs)

Earth’s natural physical environment; the landscape; rocks and minerals, rivers and oceans; volcanism, earthquakes, and other processes inside the Earth; effects of human use of the Earth and its resources. DP
How does the Earth work? How has it changed through time? Why are there continents and oceans? What changes are occurring now and how will they affect you?

Multiple sections offered every semester; NEW for Spring 2017: one online section

GG101L: Dynamic Earth Lab (1 hr)

Hands-on study of minerals, rocks, and topographic maps. Studies of volcanism, hydrology, coastal processes and hazards, geologic time and earthquakes. Field trips to investigate landslides, beaches and O‘ahu geology. DY
How do we know how the Earth works? What tools do geologists and geophysicists use to find earthquakes, measure streamflow, infer subsurface structure?

5–6 sections offered every semester

GG102: Introduction to Global Change (3 hrs)

Prepares students to be informed rational consumers, able to weigh media messages regarding our Earth, and to act appropriately. Topics include global change, fossil fuel, greenhouse gases, global ice, extinctions, human nutrition and industrial agriculture. DP
What is renewable energy? How much petroleum is left? Which country has the most cars? What crops use the most water? How is the environment changing and what can/should we do about it?

Course on hiatus while its being revamped

GG103: Geology of the Hawaiian Islands (3-hrs)

Hawaiian geology and geologic processes: origin of Hawaiian islands, volcanism, rocks and minerals, landforms, stream and coastal processes, landslides, earthquakes and tsunamis, groundwater, geologic and environmental hazards. Field trip. DP
Why does Hawai‘i Nei exist? Why does Kaua‘i look so old and Maui look so young? Why are ‘a‘a and pahoehoe so different? Will O‘ahu ever erupt again?

Offered every semester

GG104 Volcanoes in the Sea (3 hrs)

Lecture with field trips covering the manner in which geological conditions, resources, and events have affected past and present circum-Pacific societies. Credit not given for both 103 and 104. H-Focus
How have the geological and geophysical conditions on Pacific islands affected the cultures that developed there? How do these conditions affect the populations who live there now?

Next offering TBA

GG105: Voyage Through the Solar System (3 hrs)

An illustrated voyage through the Solar System based on recent scientific results. The class highlights the origin, evolution, and current knowledge of the eight planets, their moons, asteroids, comets, and one star, the Sun. Field trip. (Cross-listed as ASTR 150) DP
Why is the biggest volcano on Mars, not Earth? Why is there a storm on Jupiter 3x the size of Earth? Is there anywhere else in the solar system where life could exist?

Offered each Fall

GG106: Humans and the Environment (3 hrs)

Prepares students to make decisions such as where to build/buy a house, sustainable use of natural resources, and what environmental actions relevant to society and Earth's ecosystem are appropriate on a local and global scale. DP 
How many more people can the Earth hold and how we affect the environment? Why there have been wars over water? How soon is your favorite beach going to disappear? How much longer will you be able to put gasoline in your car?

Offered Fall 2016

GG107: Solar System Studio (4 hrs)

An interactive exploration of our Solar System through in-class group research projects and activities. Topics include Solar System exploration and birth and development of our Sun, planets, moons, asteroids and comets. Field trip. DP & DY
Do other planets have seasons? What can Mars and Venus teach us about climate change? Why are comets 4.6 billion year old time capsules? What does Pluto look like?

NEW for Spring 2017

GG130: Geologic Hazards (3 hrs)

Introductory covering the causes of, and effects from, earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, landslides, rockfalls, and other natural geologic phenomena. Open to non-majors. Field trips. DP
Why are there earthquakes, tsunami, and volcanic eruptions? What risks do they pose to society? How have they affected history? What can we do to reduce these risks?

Next offering Spring 2017

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