Geology (GLG) courses
GLG 110 Principles of Geology
How Earth works. The building blocks of Earth: minerals and rocks. Earth's dynamic interior: plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanism and mountain building. Surface processes associated with streams, ground water, glaciers, wind and shorelines. Laboratory instruction in identification of common minerals and rocks, the use of topographic maps and landform identification from topographic maps. Optional weekend field trips. Partially fulfills the general education requirements in the natural sciences for the associate of arts degree.
GLG 115 Life of the Past
Origin, evolution and major extinctions of life forms set in the context of 3.5 billion years of earth history. Discussion of plants, invertebrate animals and vertebrates (emphasizing dinosaurs and mammals). Laboratory exercises acquaint the student with representatives of the major fossil groups. Optional fossil collecting trip. Credit may not be applied toward any major or minor in geology. Partially fulfills the general education requirements in the natural sciences for the associate of arts degree.
GLG 171 Environmental Geology
Treats those aspects of geology that interface directly with humanity. Past, present and future of geologic hazards, geologically related environmental health problems, mineral resources and energy resources. Human dependence on geologic resources is examined and interrelated with the problems of humanity. Field trips required. Partially fulfills the general education requirements in the natural sciences for the associate of arts degree.
GLG 197 Popular Topics in Geology
Course devoted to a single topic that can vary from semester to semester depending on student and faculty interest. Topics are limited to those requiring no prior geology background. Examples: Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Rocks and Minerals, Caves and Karst, etc. Students should check the current registration schedule to determine the topic title for an given semester. Because topics vary, this course may be repeated, with permission of the instructor to a total of 5 credits. Credits may not be counted toward any major or minor in Geology. Variable Content Course.