This course will focus on the planets internal and surficial processes and how they both affect humans and are impacted by humans. The scope of environmental geology is broad and represents applied geology in a very practical sense. A basic understanding of minerals, rocks & the modern plate tectonics paradigm is the foundation for appreciating internal processes and such hazards as earthquakes & volcanism. Properties of minerals & rocks affect surficial processes such as weathering, erosion and the formation of soil. Hydrologic processes in ground and surface waters and the contamination of soil, sediment and water resources will be studied using local case studies from the Instructors files. Flooding and flood control along nearby rivers will be closely examined. There will be a mixture of lectures, indoor lab-type exercises and outdoor local field exercises.