Geology 110 - Introduction to Geology
4 semester hours
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, allows educated citizens to make informed decisions in order to lessen 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 one two-hour lab per week. Attendance at both hours of lab is required. Math placement of 22 or above recommended.
Geology 110 – Introduction to Geology
4 semester hours
This section of Geology 110 focuses on understanding our planet through a study of the geology of our National 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 - Introduction to Geology - Physical Geology and the Hydrologic Cycle
4 sem. hours
This section of Geology 110 will survey the geological sciences within the context of the hydrologic cycle. The course begins with an analysis of the different components of the hydrologic cycle. The remainder of the course will focus on the interaction of earth materials with the hydrologic cycle. Water-related earth processes and the role of water in modifying earth surface materials and creating various landforms and landscapes will be discussed. The laboratory component of the course will concentrate on methodology, experimentation, and observations used by geologists in attempting to understand the hydrologic cycle and its impact on our earth. A $5.00 charge for the lab manual will be billed directly. Please note that this course has both lecture and separate lab periods that each student must attend.
Geology 110 - Introduction to Geology - Ohio Geology
4 semester hours
This General Education course is intended for the non-science major. The course treats the geologic history of Ohio, from ancient oceans, rivers, and swamps preserved in sedimentary rocks, to massive glaciers that sculpted the landscape. In order to understand the geology of Ohio, many fundamentals of geology, in general, also will be covered. Such topics include the identification and interpretation of igneous and sedimentary rocks, Earth structure and plate tectonics, paleontology and evolution, geologic time, and the use of topographic and geologic maps. However, the course format is flexible to allow for more in-depth exploration of topics that are of most interest to students. Numerous field experiences augment the course. Lab manual fee of $5 is billed directly. Students who have taken Geology 150 are not eligible.
Geology 150 - Physical Geology
5 semester hours
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 through time. Videos, 35 mm slides, demonstrations and field trips augment the course. The lab includes an introduction to the use of topographic maps, aerial photographs, and geologic maps. Lab manual fee of $5 is billed directly. Math placement 22 or above recommended. Students who have taken Geology 110 are not eligible.
Geology 230 - Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy
5 semester hours
Kenneth and Katherine Bladh
Geology 230 is an introduction to advanced techniques of mineral identification using stereoscopic and polarized-light microscopy. The first half of the course introduces students to crystallography, mineral physical properties and classification, crystal chemistry, and geological implications of crystal growth theory. The second half of the course introduces students to mineral identification using polarized-light microscopy. Mineral identification is then applied to the classification and textures of igneous rocks. This, together with relevant phase diagrams, is then used to interpret processes involved in igneous rock formation.
The laboratory provides hands-on experience applying advanced identification techniques to geologically important minerals.
Prerequisite: Geology 150. No college-level knowledge of chemistry is assumed. Relevant foundational concepts from chemistry and physics are developed by the instructors.
Geology 240 - Process Geomorphology
5 semester hours
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 involving geographic information systems and 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. Prerequisite: Geol 110 or 150 or permission of the instructor.
Geology 470 - Field Seminar - Missouri
3 semester hours
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 110 or 150 or equivalent and permission of the Geology Chairperson. Enrollment priority given to Geology majors; open to Geology minors and others as space permits. Will be graded CR/NC only. Requires a 6 day absence from campus.
Geology 492 - Senior Seminar
1 semester hour
The purpose of this course is to encourage student reflection and integration of their coursework in geology relative to the discipline of geology generally and the departmental learning goals specifically. The course will enable students to complete assembly and analysis of their senior assessment materials. The course is open only to senior geology or earth science majors.