GEOG 108 Violent Face of Nature • 5 Cr.


Provides the background needed to be knowledgeable about the inherent dangers in living with nature as evidenced by actual catastrophes or disasters. Primary focus is on physical processes such as earthquakes; severe storms; and flash flooding that often occur without much warning and longer-term potential hazards such as global warming that may have even greater consequences. Also, current advances in hazards research and applied mitigation techniques will be addressed. This course fulfills a natural science course requirement at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe the difference between hazards, disasters, and catastrophes
  • Discuss the role of Government and Public Education in educating and preparing the public for natural disasters
  • Summarize the principles of plate tectonics and associated physical hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami, and slope failure
  • Explain flood processes and human interactions
  • Discuss the basics of weather and climate Identify and describe the different types of severe weather and how to prepare for them
  • Discuss the principles of global climate change and discuss possible solutions to lessen its impact