GEOL 100: Earth Resources and Natural Hazards

The first half of the semester covers population growth statistics in conjunction with the origins and consumption of natural resources, including mineral resources, energy resources, and water resources.  Sustainability concepts are outlined in an early chapter and then related specifically to each type of resource covered in subsequent chapters.  The second half of the semester deals with natural hazards, including floods, droughts, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and more.  The role of population growth in increasing the impact of natural hazards on sustainability is covered.  The issues are addressed through textbook reading assignments, classroom lectures and discussions, online readings and quizzes, online blogs and discussions, and online videos and worksheets.

GEOL105: Exploring the Earth

Develops understanding of physical aspects of the science of geology, including study of the earth€™s materials, processes and structure.

GEOL360: Geomorphology (cross-listed with GEOS350)

Introduction to surficial processes and landforms. Fluvial, eolian, glacial, karst and coastal zone processes analyzed. Map and air photo interpretation included.

GEOL365: Oceanography

Introduction to the physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes in the marine environment and their interaction.  Includes analysis of topical issues such as global climate and sea level changes, mineral and energy resources from the sea, marine pollution, and law of the sea.

GEOL455 – Principles of Engineering Geology

A study of the application of geologic principles and data collection techniques to the evaluation of design and construction problems relating to engineering projects including dams, highways, landfills, tunnels and reservoirs, including an overview of availability and suitability of soil and rock as construction materials.

GEOL474 – Hydrogeology

A qualitative and quantitative study of groundwater availability and movement, and the development of groundwater as a resource. Included will be pertinent geologic and engineering aspects of groundwater flow and the effect of man on the groundwater regime. Laboratory includes a field investigation.

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