Geology With Lab –

glg101

(4 credits)

This course gives an overview of physical geology by introducing concepts such as plate tectonics and geologic time. Students gain familiarity with the processes that shape the Earth’s surface and recognize the relevance of studying geology. Topics include the rock cycle, weathering, formation of geological features, and preservation of geological resources. The weekly labs add a practical component to the class. The labs build upon the concepts in the text and offer a chance to interact with the material and further their understanding.
This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Introduction to Geology, Earth Materials, and Geologic Time

  • Identify minerals and rocks.
  • Explain the rock cycle.
  • Recognize the role of fossils to geologic time.

Interior Earth’s Internal Processes – the Engine Within, Part I

  • Describe the earth’s interior.
  • Describe the theory of plate tectonics.
  • Analyze the relationship of plate tectonics to earthquakes, volcanoes, metamorphism, and mountain building.

Interior Earth’s Internal Processes – the Engine Within, Part II

  • Describe the earth’s interior.
  • Describe the theory of plate tectonics.
  • Analyze the relationship of plate tectonics to earthquakes, volcanoes, metamorphism, and mountain building.

Surficial Processes: Sculpting the Earth’s Surface, Part I

  • Examine the hydrologic cycle.
  • Analyze the interaction of the hydrologic cycle with earth materials.
  • Distinguish among the weathering and mass wasting processes in sculpturing the Earth’s surface.
  • Recognize how glaciers, deserts, and wind play a role in sculpturing the Earth’s surface.

Surficial Processes: Sculpting the Earth’s Surface, Part II

  • Examine the hydrologic cycle.
  • Analyze the interaction of the hydrologic cycle with earth materials.
  • Distinguish among the weathering and mass wasting processes in sculpturing the Earth’s surface.
  • Recognize how glaciers, deserts, and wind play a role in sculpturing the Earth’s surface.

Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate Change, Part I

  • Explain the dynamics of the ocean.
  • Determine the relationship of plate tectonics to the features on the ocean floor.
  • Explain the dynamics of the atmosphere.
  • Describe the effects of climate change on the environment.

Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate Change, Part II

  • Explain the dynamics of the ocean.
  • Determine the relationship of plate tectonics to the features on the ocean floor.
  • Explain the dynamics of the atmosphere.
  • Describe the effects of climate change on the environment.

Earth’s Resources, Part I

  • Examine Earth’s resources.
  • Analyze the effects of using Earth’s resources.

Earth’s Resources, Part II

  • Examine Earth’s resources.
  • Analyze the effects of using Earth’s resources.

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