San Francisco's Big Seismic Gamble

Earthquakes in Your Backyard:
EPS C20 and L&S C70Y

Earthquakes in Your Backyard: About this class

  • How close do you live to the fault?
  • What is the chance of an earthquake this semester?
  • What will be the impact on the Californian economy?

The goal of this class is to inform future leaders of our society about the various hazards associated with earthquakes and tsunamis. You will learn to evaluate scientific information, solve problems and influence policy through the use of case studies.

What students think of this class: "I enjoyed the combination of field trips, guest speakers, films and discussion on current events. Getting multiple perspectives helped in understanding the material." "The focus on earthquakes in the Berkeley region made me really, really, really care about the material." "This is the best physical science breadth requirement I know of." More student reviews.

EPS C20 (cross-listed as L&S C70Y) is a 3 credit course, there are no prerequisites and the class fulfills the Physical Science breadth requirement. The class is intended for all students interested in earthquakes, their impact on our society and how we deal with them. Students taking this class come from the humanities, social sciences, sciences, engineering, business and law.

You can find out more on the class objectives and review the topics that will be covered in the syllabus outline. Reviews of the class by previous students are also available.

Once you are enrolled in the class, all class materials including a detailed syllabus, assignments, due dates etc. are on the bCourses class website.

To learn when the class is being offered, search for EPS C20 in the Berkeley Class Schedule.