Geology 110 - Introductory Geology (4 semester hours) K. Bladh
This section of G110 focuses on the geology of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. A geologic understanding of these hazards, by means of class study of such topics as the products of deadly eruptions and how earth materials respond to earthquake shaking, allow educated citizens to make informed decisions in order to lesson damage and loss of life caused by these hazards. The course has two one-hour lectures and a one two-hour lab per week. Attendance at both hours of lab is required. Math placement of 22 or above recommended. A $10 fee will be billed directly for a lab manual and lecture text.
Geology 110 - Introductory Geology (4 semester hours) Zaleha & Staff
Some fundamental concepts and topics that might be expected in these sections include:
Some attention will focus on the role of the professional geologist and the knowledgeable layperson, as they consider together some current and potential problems arising from continued utilization and modification of our physical environment. Students can expect considerable flexibility in the format of the course. Lecture, discussion and laboratory approaches will be used, supplemented by videos, other visual aids and (perhaps) a field trip. Some background in mathematics is suggested (Math Placement of 22 strongly recommended), as students will encounter lab exercises that incorporate basic math skills, including Algebra. Computers are occasionally used in lab, but no prior experience is expected. A $5 lab manual fee will be billed directly. This course has both lecture and separate lab periods that each student must attend.
Geology 150 Physical Geology (5 semester hours) Zaleha
Geology 150 is a comprehensive introduction to the science of geology. The course is recommended for students who are interested in the possibility of a geology major or minor, other science majors, or any student who desires a more comprehensive treatment of geology. Concepts and topics include:
Geology 240 - Process Geomorphology (5 semester hours) Ritter
Landforms are a function of geology (lithology and structure), climate and tectonics, as well as the resultant earth processes that operate on them. In process geomorphology we will study earth surface processes and their impact on landforms. Weathering, mass wasting, stream erosion and deposition, groundwater, and glacial processes among others will be studied. Laboratory exercises in map and photo interpretation are designed to introduce students to various techniques used in geomorphology and familiarize students with typical landforms associated with the above processes. Field experiences stress field techniques and data collection associated with various processes and forms as well as interpreting the evolution of landscapes.
Prerequisites: Geol 150 and Geol 210 or Permission of the Instructor. A $10 fee will be billed directly for laboratory materials.
Geology 310 Paleontology (5 semester hours) Morris
Paleontology is the discipline within geology, which deals with the remains and traces of ancient life preserved in the rocks of the earth=s crust. This course will focus on the important groups of fossils, especially invertebrates, including microfossils, which have populated the earth through time. Emphasis will be placed on the identification and classification of fossils, as well as their morphology, mode of life, habitat, and paleoecology. Lectures, laboratory assignments, and assigned papers each week (in addition to text reading) will address the above topics. Geology 310 is writing intensive, thus several in-class writing assignments and two assigned papers will be completed and evaluated both on content and writing. Each student will work on one or two projects/papers, which involve research and analysis of an assemblage of fossils. Two or three field trips will augment the course. Several combined lecture/lab exams, plus evaluation of lab assignments, written assignments, and the project/paper will determine the final grade.
Prerequisites: Geol 150 and Geol 210 (Earth History) or permission of the instructor.
Geology 470 - Field Seminar - Michigan (3 semester hours) Bladh/Zaleha
This course provides practical experience examining a wide variety of lithologies, landforms and geologic relations, such as unconformities, erosional surfaces, faults and folds in natural settings. Problem-solving exercises emphasize basic principles of geologic science. Students keep a daily field notebook during the trip and present a final report. Students pay for their own food. Transportation, camping fees and tents are provided.
Prerequisites: Geology 150 or equivalent and permission of the Geology Chairperson. Enrollment priority given to Geology majors, for whom the course exercises are designed. Open to Geology minors as space permits. Will be graded CR/NC only. Requires a 6-7 day absence from campus.