Course Descriptions

Introduction to Physical Geology


Introduction to the processes responsible for the formation and evolution of the Earth. Study includes surficial processes such as weathering/erosion and modification of the landscape caused by rivers, wind, landslides, groundwater, glaciers, and ocean waves; and internal processes that drive plate tectonics and cause earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building, and mantle plumes. Hands-on experience through laboratory work and field trips. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab)

Historical Geology


Origin of the Earth, evolution of its crust, and the development and evolution of life. Topics include relationships among rock units as evidence for geologic history; fossils as documents of evolution; chronology of environment; and relative and absolute age dating of the Earth. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab)