Alaska: Down to Earth
Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies
Dates: May 19 - 30
Cost: $4,800 + airfare *
Listing: BIOL/GEOL 248
Units: 1 SLU Unit/3.6 Credits
Course Description: This course will take a three-fold approach linking physical and biological factors the the role of humans in this unique environment. Students will practice collection of observational date on the geology and ecology of south central Alaska, and use these data to form the basis for discussions on fragility/resilience, the relationship between the value of nature as wilderness and/or resources in this last frontier, and the historical and current interactions of humans with the natural world. They will apply the scientific method to answer questions about the interaction of socio-economic and political issues with geological and ecological factors. Emphasis will be placed upon formation of physical features and current dynamics of earthquakes, glaciers, and global climate change as well as the terrestrial and nearshore marine ecosystems and the contact they provide for human ecology, adaptive strategies sand resource utilization with the ecosystem. Format will be field-based lessons, giving students the opportunity to be part of the physical and biological environment they study. Primary course object is to investigate the full scope of Alaskan ecology, the relationship between all living organisms, including humans, and the physical context with which they exist. Prerequisites: GEOL 103 or BIOL 101 or ENVS 101 or permission of the instructors.
*This is an estimated cost for the program, and is subject to change.