GEOL 1110G. Physical Geology

4 Credits (3+3P)

Physical Geology is an introduction to our dynamic Earth introducing students to the materials that make up Earth (rocks and minerals) and the processes that create and modify the features of our planet. The course will help students learn how mountains are formed, how volcanoes erupt, where earthquakes occur, and how water, wind, and ice can shape landscapes. Students will also develop a basic understanding of the ways humans have altered the planet including our impact on natural resources and global climate change.

GEOL 1150. Introduction to Rocks and Minerals

3 Credits (2+3P)

This course is an introduction to the characteristics and the formation of the three main types of rocks, the rock-forming minerals, and important ore minerals. An outline of Plate Tectonics will give students the basis to understand how many of these rocks and minerals form. In laboratory exercises, students will gain practice in describing and identifying hand-specimens of the main types of rocks and minerals.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): GEOL 1110G.

GEOL 2120. Introduction to Oceanography

4 Credits (3+3P)

This course covers aspects of geology, chemistry, physics, climatology, environmental science, and biology as they apply to the oceans. Oceanography explores the ocean in the Earth system with special emphasis on the flow and transformation of weather and energy into and out of the ocean, the physical and chemical properties of seawater, ocean circulation, marine life and its adaptations, interactions between the ocean and the other components of the Earth system, and the human/societal impacts on and response to those interactions. This course provides the foundation needed for students to intelligently participate in important societal discussions that involve environmental issues. Community Colleges only. Consent of Instructor required

GEOL 2130. Introduction to Meteorology

4 Credits (3+3P)

Introduction to Earth's atmosphere and the dynamic world of weather as it happens. Working with current meteorological data delivered via the Internet and coordinated with learning investigations keyed to the current weather; and via study of select archives.

GEOL 2996. Special Topics

1-3 Credits

Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Community Colleges only. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.