Geology

Courses:

EARTH SCIENCE - GLG 101

2 lecture, 2 lab, 3 credits

A first course for students interested in planet Earth. The four basic areas of study are: geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy with particular emphasis on the physical processes of the planet. Discussions incude the composition of the Earth and its structure, terrestrial processes, resources and geologic hazards such as earthquakes. Laboratory work is supplemented by a field trip and self-guided research.

Elements of Physical Geology- GLG 110

3 lecture, 2 lab, 4 credits

A study of geologic processes and features with emphasis on plate tectonics. Topics include magmas, volcanoes, weathering, sediments, metamorphism, earthquakes, groundwater, rivers, and glaciation. Laboratory studies emphasize mineral and rock identification and topographic map reading. One field trips is normally taken.

Historical Geology-GLG 112

2 lecture, 3 lab, 3 credits

The principles of geological interpretation are emphasized through a study of Earth history. Special attention is given to the geological development of North America. Topics include geologic time, paleontology, structural geology, plate tectonics, and mountain building. Labs include studies of invertebrate fossils, geologic structures and paleogeography. Several field trips are taken.

Prerequisite: GLG 110

Environmental Geology-GLG 120

3 credits

A lecture-seminar approach is used in studying selected environmental problems related to geology, such as geologic hazards, waste disposal, energy resources and their recovery, engineering problems, environmental alterations, and land- use planning.

Prerequisite: GLG 110

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