ENV 315 - Geography and Rivers of the World

3 credits (PREREQUISITES: ENV 168)

Environmental geology encompasses natural science, social science and humanistic understandings of the Earth’s environment from a global perspective. In this course we build on the study of physical and human geography undertaken in ENV 168 and examine global differences in geology and geomorphology of river systems. Regional and global differences in geology and hydrology create variations in fluvial geomorphology with dramatically differing impacts on water availability, water quality, and aquatic resources. Collectively these factors directly influence human population distribution and relative well-being. Students will select a river system and explore in detail its geomorphology, natural resources and cultural implications. (Su)