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Geology

diamondstarGEOL 1040 Physical Geology 4 Credits
An introduction to study of the Earth. Physical processes that continuously change the Earth’s surface and interior are studied to understand the origins of rocks, volcanoes, earthquakes, continents, oceans, and the atmosphere. Course includes three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory applications each week. Prerequisite(s): MATH 1030

diamondstarGEOL 1050 Historical Geology 4 Credits
A study of the interrelated physical and biological changes occurring during Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history. Geologic, biologic, and radiometric dating principles are used to interpret the rock and fossil records of change occurring on continents and in ocean basins that have affected the evolution of life on Earth. Course includes three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory applications each week. Prerequisite(s): GEOL 1040

diamondstarGEOL 1300 The Environment W/Lab 4 Credits
A study of the Earth’s environment and the natural and anthropogenic impacts that affect the environment. A review of Earth’s geology provides a basis for discussing environmental issues stemming from the rapid increase in world population and the associated demands for resources and energy. Focus is on current environmental issues such as water and air pollution, global warming, managing waste discharges, energy production, and how to manage change to ensure a high quality environment for generations that follow. Environmental issues will be further explored in weekly laboratory exercises. Prerequisite(s): GEOL 1040; no prerequisite for Career Programs majors

diamondGEOL 1310 Concepts of Earth Science 3 Credits
This course covers the basic principles from the fields of geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy. Topics include map interpretation, minerals and rocks, processes acting at the Earth’s surface and within the Earth, plate tectonics, geologic time and dating, water movements, ocean floor, weather and climate, composition and motions of the Earth, solar systems, phases of the moon, origin and life cycles of stars, and galaxies. Prerequisite(s): MATH 1030

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