GEOL 101 Physical Geology*

This course investigates the composition of the Earth and the external and internal processes that shape it. Within the context of plate tectonics, it explores the origins of rocks and minerals and dynamic processes such as volcanic and magmatic activity, seismicity, and crustal deformation that are driven by the continual release of the Earth's internal heat. It also examines how air, wind, water, and ice move in response to gravity and energy from the Sun, sculpting Earth's surface by eroding, transporting, and depositing rock materials. Lab exercises will include rock/mineral identification, applied geologic problems, and local field trips.

Credits

4 Credits

Corequisite

GEOL 101L

General Education Competency

Scientific Way of Knowing

GEOL 101Physical Geology*

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I. General Information

Department

II. Course Specification

General Education Competency

Scientific Way of Knowing

Credit Hours Narrative

4 Credits

Corequisite Narrative

GEOL 101L

III. Catalog Course Description

This course investigates the composition of the Earth and the external and internal processes that shape it. Within the context of plate tectonics, it explores the origins of rocks and minerals and dynamic processes such as volcanic and magmatic activity, seismicity, and crustal deformation that are driven by the continual release of the Earth's internal heat. It also examines how air, wind, water, and ice move in response to gravity and energy from the Sun, sculpting Earth's surface by eroding, transporting, and depositing rock materials. Lab exercises will include rock/mineral identification, applied geologic problems, and local field trips.

IV. Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

V. Topical Outline (Course Content)

VI. Delivery Methodologies