Biology and Geology

 

Geology Course Descriptions

GEO

104L

GEOLOGY OF NATIONAL PARKS

Four credit hours

An introduction to the geology of selected national parks and monuments of the United States, emphasizing basic geologic principles and processes illustrated by the geology of each area. Three lecture sessions and one lab per week.

GEO

111L

THE DYNAMIC EARTH

Four credit hours

A study of the origin and nature of minerals and rocks as well as the dynamic processes acting on and in the earth (erosion, sedimentation, volcanism, plate tectonics) and their results as reflected in topography and earth structure. Three lecture sessions and one lab per week. One Saturday or Sunday field trip required.

GEO

121IL

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

Four credit hours

An introduction to some of the physical features and processes of the earth and their significance in relation to many of the activities and problems of humans in the modern world. Three lecture sessions and one lab per week.

GEO

131

EARTH AND ITS RESOURCES

Three credit hours

Students that have taken GEO 121IL, GEO 227 or CHM 200I are not eligible to take this course.

Provides students with a basic understanding of dimension and processes of planet Earth, its systems (biosphere, atmosphere, etc) and their interaction. The course will address topics like the Greenhouse Effect, ocean currents, fossil fuels and other energy resources, soil and water use, overuse and degradation, waste disposal and pollution. The course will discuss the value, limits as well as threats to the planetís resources. Lecture topics will be supported by case studies and select exercises.

GEO

150

REGIONAL GEOLOGY & GEOGRAPHY

Two credit hours

An introduction to physical and historical geology as well as physical geography of selected areas. Basic geologic principles and processes will be illustrated by the geology of the area of interest. Two lecture sessions per week.

GEO

163

GEOLOGY SEMINAR

One credit hours

This course consists of study, discussion and demonstration of special topics. One class session per week.

GEO

200

SCIENCE

Three credit hours

An interdisciplinary approach to a topic of scientific interest. Course content is determined by the topic chosen.

GEO

205L

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Three credit hours

A course designed to provide a better understanding of spatial information, its purpose, and its display.  It explores the use of maps and compasses, Global Positioning System (GPS), and Geographic Information System (GIS).

GEO

212L

EARTH HISTORY

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: GEO 111L or consent of the instructor

An introduction to the geologic history of the earth including the evolutionary development of prehistoric organism which inhabited the earth as well as the evolution of the earthís geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Three lecture sessions and one lab per week. One field trip required.

GEO

223L

GEOLOGY OF NORTHEAST OHIO RIVERS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT

Three credit hours

This course utilizes the resource of our local rivers (Rocky River, Cuyahoga River etc.) and their valleys to teach principles of geology and geography. Students will meet in the Metro parks or Cuyahoga Valley National Park on most class days.

GEO

227

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

Three credit hours

An exploration of how the earthís geologic environment affects the earthís life forms. It is also an exploration of the impact of man on the earthís geologic evolution, and a review of the laws governing the use of natural resources.

GEO

229

OCEANOGRAPHY

Three credit hours

A study of the physical aspects of the oceans starting with the ocean floor continuing to the chemical make up of the water, the currents, and movement of the waves. The ocean environment and relationship between the ocean and the atmosphere will be included.

GEO

232L

ELEMENTS OF MINERALOGY

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: GEO111 or consent of the instructor

A course that includes the elements of crystallography, crystal growing, crystal chemistry, physical properties and descriptive mineralogy of the important or rock forming minerals. Three lecture sessions and one lab per week.

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