Fall 2020

Water Science

Listed in: Geology, as GEOL-300

Formerly listed as: GEOL-28


Anna M. Martini (Section 01)


As the global human population expands in a future marked by climate change, the search for and preservation of our most vital resource, water, will demand thoughtful policy and greater scientific understanding. This course is an introduction to surface and groundwater hydrology, geochemistry, and management for natural systems and human needs. Lectures will focus on understanding the hydrologic cycle, how water flows over and within the earth, and the many ways in which this water is threatened by contamination and overuse. Discussions will speak to water issues globally, both historical and from the front pages today. This course concludes with a final project.  Three hours of lecture each week. Those wishing credit towards the geology major must take GEOL 301 (laboratory section) to be offered in the spring. 

GEOL 300 will be conducted online only. A theme we will focus on throughout is the intersection of water and energy by examining the Clean Water Act and how it is, or isn't, applied to the oil and gas industry. 

Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Martini.


Online Only, Science & Math for Non-majors


2020-21: Offered in Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2018, Fall 2020