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Undergraduate Geology

2020 Fall Term

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5 Units

PRINCIPLES OF GEOLOGY

Geology 100

This course provides an introduction to the concepts which describe the origin and evolution of the earth. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding 1) the internal and external earth processes, 2) material composition of the earth, 3) the scientific method as applied to the study of the earth, and 4) the evolution of earth through time.


3 Units

EARTH AND LIFE HISTORY

Geology 204

A study of the changes in the Earth's crust and life through geologic time and the methodology used in reconstructing Earth history, including plate tectonics, organic evolution and stratigraphy. A special fee will be assessed to cover transportation costs for those students selecting to participate on an optional field trip.


3 Units

PRINCIPLES OF OCEANOGRAPHY

Geology 300

A study of the physical, chemical, geological and biological aspects of the major water masses of the world and human dependency on these water masses. One field trip to observe shoreline processes is required. A special fee will be assessed to students electing to participate in an optional field trip to cover the transportation costs.


3 Units

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

Geology 301

A study of geological phenomena such as earthquakes, volcanism, mass movements, river processes, coastal processes etc. and their impacts on society and enviroment. Special emphasis will be placed on examining remedial measures against geological hazards and how human actions influence natural geological processes. Three lecture hours per week.


4 Units

ROCKS AND MINERALS

Geology 310

This course will study the formation processes of common rocks and minerals, their physical properties and their various uses will be covered in detail. Rock and mineral identification techniques will be especially emphasized during the laboratory sessions. Students will be expected to devote significant amounts of time towards the lab assignments.


4 Units

GEOLOGIC STRUCTURES AND FIELD METHODS

Geology 318

Study of causes behind formation of major structural features of earth plus identification techniques and description of geologic structures in field. Emphasizes (1) Understanding and quantifying geologic deformation, (2) material response to conditions of deformation, (3) identification/description of geologic structures in multiple scales, and (4) geologic field/data analyses techniques such as stereographic projections and preparation and interpretation of geologic maps.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Geology 498

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Geology 498R

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable

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