Geology

Courses

GEL 1005. Natural Disasters. 3 hrs.

This is an introductory course in the study of the interactions between human activities and hazardous natural processes. An overview of modern concepts in geology and other earth sciences is followed by an in-depth examination of natural hazards including the nature of hazards, human impacts on hazardous processes, the impact of hazards on humans, and human responses to hazards. This course provides instruction in applied geology and other earth sciences and scientific reasoning that is useful to all students. IAI: P1 908.

GEL 1006. Introduction To Oceanography. 3 hrs.

The course focuses on the marine environment as a unique feature of the planet earth and investigates areas of intense and public concern--the pervasiveness of the ocean and its effect on the earth's weather, its stunning physical size and diversity of contained life forms, its contri- butions to the physical and historical development of man, its impact on geopolitical and economic matters, the impact of oceanic pollutants, and the potential exploitation of marine resources. IAI: P1 905.

GEL 1007. Environmental Geology. 4 hrs.

This is an introductory course in the study of the interactions between human activities and the earth and geologic processes. An overview of modern geologic concepts is followed by an in- depth examination of natural hazards, natural resources, waste management, environmental restoration and land-use planning. This course provides instruction in applied geology and scientific reasoning that is useful to all students. Lecture, two hours per week; seminar, one hour per week; lab, two hours per week. IAI: P1 908L.

GEL 1008. Physical Geology. 4 hrs.

An introduction to the study of the earth as it is carried on by geologists today. Geological principles and processes dealing with geomorphology, crustal movements, rock and mineral identification, volcanism, and sedimentation are some of the topics covered. Experience in aerial photo and topographic map interpretation is provided in laboratory exercises. Lecture, two hours per week; seminar, one hour per week; lab, three hours per week. IAI: P1 907L.

GEL 1009. Historical Geology. 4 hrs.

An introductory study into the origin and structure of the earth. Emphasis will be placed on North America, dealing with the growth of continents, and mountain building. A study of evolution changes occurring in plant and animal life as documented by fossil remains will be made. Interpretation of geologic forces by means of topographic maps and geologic maps. Field trips are an integral part of the course. Lecture, two hours per week; seminar, one hour per week; lab, three hours per week. IAI: P1 907L.