This course provides interpretations of the evolution of our planet and its natural systems, including the scientific basis of these interpretations as well as the controversies faced as these developing interpretations have challenged existing social and religious standards. The interplay of scientific advancement and societal norms are probed in order to appreciate the broader context of our understanding of Earth's evolution. Lab activities demonstrate current application of the scientific method to questions of Earth's history.
Semesters: Fall, Spring
MnTC Goals: 3 , 9