Geology (GEOL)

GEOL 102. Historical Geology

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL105 & GEOL 105L.
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GEOL 102L.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Three hours of lecture and recitation per week. A study of the deposits laid down during the past geological ages and their fossil contents.

GEOL 102L. Historical Geology Lab

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: GEOL 105 & GEOL 105L.
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GEOL 102.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Two hours of lab per week. Laboratory exercises investigate the evolution of the Earth's crust through geologic time. Topics include: plate tectonics, statistical analysis of sediments, strata chronology and the influence of structural forces, relative and radiometric dating, sorting and correlation techniques, geomagnetism, geologic implications in the fossil record, and others.

GEOL 105. Physical Geology

Credits: 3
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GEOL 105L.
Typically Offered: FALL
Three hours of lecture and recitation per week. A study of rocks, minerals and the geological processes such as erosion, earthquakes, mountain building and origin of land forms.

GEOL 105L. Physical Geology Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or successful completion of, GEOL 105.
Typically Offered: FALL
Two hours of lab per week. Laboratory topics include identification of minerals and rocks with emphasis on traditional diagnostic techniques; interpretation of topographic and geologic maps, folding and faulting of the crust; analysis of stream drainage patterns and groundwater resources; location of earthquake foci; and the development of topographic surfaces through the processes of erosion and deposition.

GEOL 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

GEOL 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

GEOL 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

GEOL 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

GEOL 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

GEOL 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

GEOL 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

GEOL 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

GEOL 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

GEOL 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

GEOL 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.