Geology of National Parks

Meet the Faculty

Susan Schwartz

Prof. Schwartz's research addresses problems in earthquake seismology and active tectonics. Her interest in the mechanical behavior of the plate interface at subduction zones and in how glaciers slide along their bed has taken her to many interesting places including northern Costa Rica, New Zealand and Antarctica. Prof. Schwartz teaches introductory classes for non-science majors, classes designed for undergraduate Earth and Planetary Science majors, and graduate classes in seismology and geophysics.


Created by Susan Schwartz

Geology of National Parks

Winter/Spring 2018
UC Santa Cruz, EART 3
5 quarter units

Geologic concepts and processes responsible for shaping our national parks including mountain building, volcanic and earthquake activity, sedimentation, weathering, erosion, and glaciation. An understanding of how geology impacts our lives is emphasized. Appropriate for both science and non-science majors who wish to enhance their knowledge, enjoyment, and appreciation of our national parks.

Important dates: 

Registration opens: Nov 27, 2017 
Registration ends: Jan 7, 2018
First day of instruction: Jan 8, 2018
Last day of instruction: March 16, 2018


Please click here to download a syllabus for this course.


Susan Schwartz