GEOL Course Listing

Physical Geology (GEOL 100, 3 Credits)

An introductory study of geology, encompassing the Earth, the materials that constitute its makeup, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting on them. The goal is to understand geological principles and how humans impact geological processes. Topics include the rocks and minerals composing Earth, the movement within Earth, and its surface features and the agents that form them and our environment. Discussion also covers energy and mineral resources. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GEOL 100 or GEOL 101.

Physical Geology Laboratory (GEOL 110, 1 Credits)

(Fulfills the laboratory science requirement only with previous or concurrent credit for GEOL 100 or GEOL 120.) Prerequisite or corequisite: GEOL 100, GEOL 101, or GEOL 120. An introduction to the basic materials and tools of physical geology. Emphasis is on familiarization with rocks and minerals and the use of maps in geologic interpretations.

Environmental Geology (GEOL 120, 3 Credits)

A review of geologic factors underlying many environmental problems, and the interactions between population and physical environment. Topics include mineral resources, geologic hazards, conservation, land reclamation, land-use planning, waste disposal, and the geologic aspects of health and disease.

Earthquakes (GEOL 198A, 1 Credits)

An introduction to earthquakes and their causes. Geological issues are explored through various questions: Why are earthquakes in Italy different from ones occurring in other places, such as California? Can earthquakes be predicted? How destructive can earthquakes be? Can Europe expect more destructive earthquakes? Emphasis is on human experience with earthquakes, including some of the more important historically recorded ones, unusual or interesting features of earthquakes, and some of the work being done by scientists around the world on understanding and predicting earthquakes.

Volcanoes / Landscapes (GEOL 198B, 1 Credits)

An introduction to volcanoes and their tremendous effect on landscape and on civilization. The causes of volcanism and the location of active volcanoes on continents, ocean floors and oceanic islands are studied. Typical volcanoes (such as Krakatoa, Mount St. Helens, Vesuvius, Aetna, and Fuji) are used to explore various questions: Are volcanoes a hazard or a salvation? Are they predictable or an unfathomable menace?