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Undergraduate Course Details
Number GLS 213
Title War and Geology
Credits 3.0
Distribution DII


This course will explore the importance of the effects of geology on the course of human conflicts. From Marathon to Simon Bol?var's epic campaigns in the Andes to the deserts and mountains of the Middle East, geology has played a critical role in the success or failure of military operations. Students will learn basic concepts of geology and terrain analysis and apply those concepts to the analysis of military operations on both tactical and strategic levels. This will be accomplished using case studies and examples of selected operations. A one day local field trip is required. Three lecture hours per week.