||Introduction to Geology
|This is a laboratory and project-based course emphasizing the
identification of earth materials and the interpretation of their
origin, distribution, and history. This course is recommended for non-science
majors. Technology tools are used to obtain information from federal
and state geologic agencies.
||Applied Earth Science
|This course covers the role of geologic information in land-use
and environmental decision making, with an emphasis on resource
management and the mitigation of natural or human-induced hazards.
This course is recommended for non-science majors. Local societal concerns
as well as global impacts are addressed.
||Surficial Earth Systems
|This course examines the interaction of the atmosphere and
hydrosphere with the solid earth. It is organized as a survey course
with the following major topics: features and behavior of the
atmosphere, climate and climate change, and landscape evolution.
This course is recommended for non-science majors. Technology tools are used to
analyze modern satellite and historical ground-based data sets
which are obtained from federal and international repositories.
|Prerequisites: GEOL 120 or 205, one course in chemistry, and MATH 140.
This course examines the distribution and movement of water above
and below the ground and the resultant chemical attributes of
freshwater systems. The behavior and transport of pollutants
in groundwater and surface water systems are emphasized.
Computer-modeling and simulations are included.
||Geographic Info Systems
|Prerequisites: computer science competency; junior or senior standing.
This is a computer applications course analyzing datasets that
have a spatial or geographic component. Course-supplied software
integrates database applications, cartographic display, spatial
mathematics and analysis, and import-utilities to work with proprietary
databases or data retrieved from national repositories. Case studies
are developed from the fields of natural resources and environmental
management, facility and utility administration, regional planning,
commerce and marketing, public health and epidemiology, and other
topics of student interest. Local, regional, national, and international
projects are explored.
||Advanced Topics in Geology
|Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
This course provides for study of selected areas of geology not
included in regularly offered courses.