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Geology

GEOL 1014 Earth Science
Study of the sciences related to Earth and our solar system - geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. Lab required.
GEOL 1114 Physical Geology
Geology of the physical Earth, materials of which it is made, the processes that act on these materials, and the products formed by the processes. Subjects of interest are examined in light of the plate tectonic theory: rocks and minerals, weathering and erosion, volcanoes, earthquakes, glaciers, streams, groundwater, and mountain building. Laboratory required.
GEOL 1124 Physical Geography
A course dealing with the study of Earth’s crust, oceans, soils, landscapes, weather, and climates. Laboratory required. (Formerly PHYS 1124)
GEOL 1224 Historical Geology
Study of the history of the physical Earth and the evolution of its life forms through geologic time-development of Earth’s major features by the process of plate tectonics. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: GEOL 1014 or GEOL 1114.
GEOL 2124 Astronomy
Study of the astronomical universe and the perspectives used by astronomers in scientific study of the cosmos, the planets, and the birth and death of galactic objects. Laboratory required. (Formerly PHYS 2003)
GEOL 3013 Environmental Geology
How social systems influence and are influenced by the Earth and its processes is the focus of this course. Subjects to be examined include hazard assessment (earthquake, volcanic, flood, tsunami, hurricane, and landslide) and snowpack monitoring as well as pollution and depletion issues. Prerequisites: GEOL 1014, GEOL 1114, or CHEM 1315.