Geology (GEO)

GEO 100. Earth Science (MOTR PHYS 110). 3 Credit Hours.

This introductory geoscience course emphasizes basic principles of astronomy, geology, oceanography and meteorology. Topics covered include the origin of the Universe, solar system and Earth, minerals and rocks, plate tectonics geologic time, prehistoric life and evolution, ocean structure and life, weather and climate change.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

GEO 101. Earth Science Laboratory (MOTR PHYS 110L). 2 Credit Hours.

Laboratory and field experiences illustrating the principles of earth science. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: GEO 100 concurrent enrollment and Reading Proficiency.

GEO 103. Environmental Geology (MOTR GEOL 100). 3 Credit Hours.

This introductory geoscience course focuses on natural hazards and the human consequences associated with geologic processes. Topics include the study of plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, tornadoes, storms, wildfires, climate change and global warming. Emphasis is placed on how those hazards affect humans and how human activity affects Earth's environment.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

GEO 104. Prehistoric Life. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is an introductory Historical Geology course that emphasizes paleontology and evolution through the fossil record. Topics covered include the origin of the Universe, the origin and evolution of Earth through geologic processes, plate tectonics, origin and evolution of life on Earth through four billion years of geologic time and hands-on study of fossils including dinosaurs.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

GEO 111. Physical Geology (MOTR GEOL 100L). 5 Credit Hours.

This course introduces earth processes and products, including the origin of rocks, volcanos, landforms, mountain belts, earthquakes, and the structure of Earth within the framework of plate tectonics. The interdependence between humans and the geological environment is emphasized throughout the course. A one-day fieldtrip is required. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

GEO 113. Oceanography. 3 Credit Hours.

This introductory Oceanography course focuses on the geological aspects of oceanography combined with the physical, chemical and biological processes in the ocean. Topics covered include the origin of the Universe, Earth and life, plate tectonics, waves, atmosphere and marine life. Special emphasis is placed on worldwide, human-induced changes within the marine environment.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

GEO 123. Geologic Field Experiences in North America. 4 Credit Hours.

This field course studies the geology of North America. Topics include basic geologic mapping and measuring skills utilizing geological instrumentation, understanding geologic features, rock types, mineral identification and fossil identification through experiential learning. Planning session(s) prior to departure is required. Laboratory work is in a field setting and a major part of the course. Evening lectures and student presentations in the field are required. Additional hours required.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.