GEOLOGY 110B - Introductory Geology
Open to all students, except those who have previously taken Geology 110B-115B, 150B, or
160B. A math placement score of 22 or above is recommended.
This course provides students with a topical view of Physical Geology and how it relates to the human race. Students will gain an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry, geological processes, and geological issues. Much of the material we will treat consists of items covered by the media and is intended to give students practical knowledge that they can apply to everyday life and to other disciplines.
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. Note the required Saturday field trip to Ohio Caverns and Cedar Bog April 18 for section 02 and April 25 for section 01.
GEOLOGY 111B – Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Open to all students, except those who have previously taken Geology 110B-115B, 150B, or 160B. A math placement score of 22 or above is recommended.
Intended for non-science majors. Fulfills General Education requirement for natural science with a lab. This course 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.
Geology 113B - Ohio Geology
Open to all students, except those who have previously taken Geology 110B-115B, 150B, or 160B.
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.
GEOLOGY 160B – Environmental Geology
Open to all students, except those who have previously taken Geology 110B-115B, or 150B.
A Math placement score of 22 or above is recommended.
Environmental Geology is intended as an introduction to applied geology for both science and non-science students. The primary objective of the course is to understand human interaction with the physical environment. We will study natural hazards, such as flooding, mass wasting, and coastal erosion, and natural resources, such as groundwater and wetlands. Labs will focus on techniques used by geologists to study natural hazards and problems associated with natural resources and to develop mitigation strategies. Geology 160 counts as an introductory course for the geology major and minor, the environmental studies minor, and the marine science minor.
Geology 260 - Sedimentology
Prerequisite: Geology 150B or 160B or one course from the Geology 110B-115B Series in combination with Geology 151.
This course is a process-based approach to the study of sediments and sedimentary rocks. The first part of the course will investigate the physical processes of sediment erosion, transport, and deposition. These principles will then be applied to the study of modern depositional environments and processes as they relate to the interpretation of ancient deposits. Emphasis will be on siliciclastic and carbonate depositional environments and rocks. The course will conclude with brief treatments of stratigraphy, basin analysis, and sedimentological/tectonic/eustatic/ climatic interactions. Labs include flume work, identification of important sedimentary structures, lab and field methods, and field trips.
Geology 315 – Watershed Hydrology
Prerequisite: A minimum score of 22 on the Math Placement Exam is required. Geology 150, 160, or one course from the Geology 110B-115B Series in combination with Geology 151 or permission of instructor.
Watershed Hydrology is designed to highlight methods used by hydrologists, hydrogeologists, and environmental scientists in their study of surface and subsurface hydrology of watersheds. The course will focus on watershed processes, including precipitation, infiltration, generation of runoff, streamflow, soil erosion, and sediment transport and deposition in watersheds. We will also consider the environmental impacts, such as climate change, and human impacts, including watershed management and changes in land use, on watershed hydrology. Class sessions will focus on both concepts and methodology for collecting, modeling, analyzing or displaying hydrologic data. The course will require significant field time, some of which will occur outside of class.
Geology 411 - Sedimentary Petrography
Prerequisites: Geology 230 (or concurrent enrollment) and Geology 260 (or concurrent enrollment).
Detailed microscopic and hand sample study of sedimentary rocks. Emphasis on the identification and origin of features in siliciclastic and carbonate rocks. Alternate years.
Geology 492 - Senior Seminar
Prerequisites: Open only to senior geology or earth science majors.
The purpose of this course is to encourage student reflection and integration of their course work 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.