Course Descriptions and Schedule

Requirements for A.S. Degree in Geology

Basic Geology (GEOL 100)
3 credits
This class explores the world around you through the principles of physical geology. Topics covered include: plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, weathering, mass-wasting, surface and ground weather, wind, caves, waves and currents, glaciation, mountain building, volcanoes and other igneous process, deformation and resulting structures, earthquakes, Earth’s compositions, geologic time, and earth resources.
Offered:
Every Semester

 

 Basic Geology Lab (GEOL 100L)
1 credit
Laboratory component of Geology 100 lecture designed to supplement and build upon knowledge gained in lecture. Includes laboratory and field identification of rocks and rock forming minerals. Studies geologic processes through student driven, hands-on inquiry, through samples, geologic and   topographic maps.
Offered:
Every Semester

 

 Geology of National Parks (GEOL 110)
3 credits
Geologic history and process of formation of our natural landscape. Principles of physical and historical geology as revealed in the structure, stratigraphy, and rock types of nations most treasured natural resources.
Offered:
Every Fall

 

 Planets, Moons, and Comets (GEOL 120)
3 credits
The geology and astronomy of the solar system, observations, dynamics, relative ideas, including theories of formation and evolution. Comparative survey of the atmosphere, surface features, and interiors of planets and satellites. Minor objects, such as comets and asteroids, also included.
Offered:
Every Semester

 

 Dinosaurs & Earth History (GEOL 150)
3 credits
Principles of historical geology. The origin and evolution of Earth and it’s biosphere, incorporating plate tectonics, stratigraphy, paleontology, and geologic dating. Together with GEOL 100, a prerequisite to upper division courses in geology.
Offered:
Every Other Year (Spring 2015)

 

 Dinosaurs & Earth History Lab (GEOL 150L)
1 credit
Laboratory and field identification of rocks and fossils. Elements of stratigraphic methods and of vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology. Study of geologic and topographic maps in relation to earth history.
Offered:
Every Other Year (Spring 2015)

 

 Regional Field Studies (GEOL 195)
1, 2, or 3 credits
Extended field studies of the geology of western North America over weekends and during vacation and summer sessions. Emphasis upon field observation and   interpretation of rock types, landforms, and structure. Localities visited may vary from year to year. 
Offered:
Spring 2014

 

 Geology Topics (GEOL 197)
1, 2, or 3 credits
Topics in Geology. See Class Schedule for specific topic offered. Course title will designate subject covered. 
Offered:
See geology faculty for details

 

 Directed Study in Geology (GEOL 295)
1, 2, or 3 credits
Individual study in field, library, or laboratory for interested students.
Offered:
See geology faculty for details

 

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