Geology 110 - Introductory Geology; (4 semester hours); Morris
Some fundamental concepts and topics that might be expected in this section include: (1) the structure and physical constitution of the earth, (2) the internal and external dynamic processes operating to modify the earth's surface and near-surface regions, (3) the nature and origin of the continents and ocean basins, (4) some of the methodology, experimentation, and observations used by geologists in attempting to understand the physical and biological evolution of our earth in time. Some attention will focus on the role of the professional geologist and the knowledgeable layperson, as they consider some current and potential problems created by continued utilization and human impact on 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 PL22 strongly recommended), as students will encounter lab exercises that incorporate basic math skills. Computers are occasionally used in lab, but no prior experience is expected. Lab manual fee of $5.00 is billed directly. This course has both lecture and separate lab periods that each student must attend.
Geology 110 - Introductory Geology; (4 semester hours); Ormand
This section of Geology 110 focuses on understanding our planet through a study of the geology of our Natural Parks. We will examine what the Earth is made of, its history, and the processes by which it is constantly changing. Students will learn to think like geologists, by developing skills of observation and interpretation. These skills, in conjunction with an understanding of geological processes, can be used to infer the geological history of your surroundings, wherever your travels may take you! If there is sufficient interest, there will be an optional (one-day) field trip.
A Math Placement score of 22 or above is strongly recommended, as many lab exercises incorporate basic math skills. This course has both lecture and lab periods that each student must attend. Lab manual fee of $5.00 is billed directly.
Geology 110 - Introductory Geology; (4 semester hours); Kathi 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. $15.00 will be added to tuition bill to pay for class books. This amount covers the textbook and lab manual (no other book is required). 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.
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: (1) the structure and constitution of the earth, (2) internal and surficial processes, (3) recent research concerning the nature and origin of the continents and ocean basins, and (4) methodology, experimentation, and observations used by geologists in attempting to understand the physical and biological evolution of Earth in time. Videos, 35 mm slides, demonstrations, and field trips augment the course. The lab includes an introduction to minerals and rocks, topographic maps, and geologic maps. Departmental lab manual costs $8 and is billed directly. Math placement 22 or above recommended.
Geology 200 - Earth Materials; (5 semester hours); Ken Bladh
Introduction to crystallography, megascopic determinative mineral properties and systematic earth material classifications, crystal chemistry, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray fluorescence chemical analysis, and geologic implications of crystal growth theory. Laboratory exercises provide each student with experience in instrumental analysis and interpretation of earth material assemblages and textures. At the end of the semester, each student presents a poster presentation to the class over an independent research project. Writing intensive.
Prerequisites: Geology 150 or 100. No college-level knowledge of Chemistry assumed. Relevant foundational topics from Chemistry and Physics developed by the instructor.
Geology 210 - Earth History; (5 semester hours); Zaleha
This course will focus on: 1) the basic principles and methods used to interpret earth history; 2) an examination of the important geological materials and evidence upon which earth history is based, and 3) the geological history of North America. The goals of this course are to give students a basic understanding of earth history and how it is interpreted.
Lectures, laboratory assignments, and discussion sessions each week will address the above topics, as well as related areas which include geological time, the development of the Geological Column and Geological Time Scale, the fossil record, and methods of relative and absolute age dating. Videos, slides, and field trips augment the course.
Prerequisites: Geology 150 or Geology 110
Geology 220 - Environmental Geology; (5 semester hours); Ritter
Environmental Geology is intended as an introduction to applied geology for both science and nonscience students. The primary objective of the course is to understand human interaction with the physical environment. We will employ methodology as used by geologists to study natural processes, such as flooding, mass wasting, coastal erosion, and natural resources, such as groundwater and wetlands. The course will incorporate GIS software and hardware into discussions and laboratory exercises. The course may include one weekend field trip. Laboratory attendance is mandatory - do not schedule a conflict with lab. Writing and Math Intensive.
Prerequisite: Geology 110 or 150.
Geology 320 - Structural Geology; (5 semester hours); Ormand
Structural geology is the study of the processes and products of deformation in the earth’s crust. We will study deformation processes that range from brittle failure (faulting) to ductile flow (folding, stretching of rock, and the development of foliation) and that range in scale from mineral crystals to mountain belts. You will learn how much of the stress in the earth’s crust is related to plate tectonics. Laboratory exercises will focus on techniques of structural analysis, including the interpretation of structures seen in the field. A four day field trip is required.
Prerequisite: Geology 150 and concurrent enrollment in Geology 210 or permission of the instructor. Math Placement 22 or above required.