Earth Sciences

Courses in Earth Sciences

GEOL-G 111 Physical Geology (3)

Basic concepts of geology.  Formation of rocks, erosion and landscape evolution, plate tectonics, and interpretation of earth processes from geological data.

  • Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Lab fee required.

GEOL-G 112 Historical Geology (3)

Continuation of G111. Principles of interpreting earth history from geological data. Geologic time, biological evolution, plate tectonics, and ancient environments.

  • Offered periodically.
  • Prerequisite: G111
  • Lab fee required.
GEOL-G 113 Directed Study in Earth Science (1-3)

Credit not given toward NSM distribution requirements.  Intended primarily for elementary education students who have had some of the topics covered in Q203 Earth Science for teachers.

  • Offered concurrently with Q203.
  • Lab fee required.
  • Prerequisite / Co-requisite: One course in Earth Science, or consent of instructor.
GEOL-G 210 Oceanography (3)

Introduction to the study of the oceans and marine processes.  Emphasis on morphology of the ocean floor, life in the ocean, oceanic circulation, and submarine geology.

  • Offered periodically.
  • Prerequisite: One college level science course or permission of instructor
GEOL-Q 203 Earth Science for Teachers (4)

An introduction to the origin, composition, and structure of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere, as well as the interrelationship among spheres. You will also study weather and modern astronomy including solar system, origin of stars, and astronomical measurement. Special emphasis on subjects commonly taught in elementary schools. Not distribution satisfying.

  • Prerequisite: Q200
  • Lab fee required.
  • Offered fall semester.