Geology

Our Geology courses combine class learning with lab and off-campus field study. Focus on the geologic nature and history of the Earth.

Geosciences 115

Meteorology and Climatology with Laboratory

(SNT)

Spring. Credit, four hours. No prerequisite. Emphasis on the chemical components and physics of the atmosphere, meteorological processes, climate change, and climatic regions of the world, including botanical zonation and climatic factors influencing people and nations. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Fulfills Intermediate Earth Science and upper-level lab course requirements for ENVS majors.

Geology 141

Physical Geology with Laboratory

(SNT)

Fall. Credit, four hours. No prerequisite. Introduction to planet earth: fundamental concepts of geology developed through the study of minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, volcanoes, and forces shaping the earth’s surface. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Fulfills Intermediate Earth Science and upper-level lab course requirement for ENVS majors.

Geology 142Q

Evolution of the Earth with Laboratory

(SNT)

Spring (alternate years). Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Geology 141, History of the earth in the context of changing environments. Special emphasis on the methods of analysis, environments of deposition, and organic change as seen through fossils. Course involves the interaction of biological systems with global processes such as plate tectonics, climate change, and sea-level fluctuations. Coverage includes rocks, fossils, geological maps, and field geology. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Includes a required weekend field trip to a Georgia coast barrier island. Fulfills Intermediate Earth Science and upper-level lab course requirements for ENVS majors.

Geology 250Q

Mineral Resources, Energy, and Power with Laboratory

(SNT)

Spring (alternate years). Credit, four hours. No prerequisite. Emphasis on the geologic nature of nonmetallic, metallic, and energy resources. Course includes the historic development, uses, environmental concerns, and future potential of these resources. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Includes a number of required Saturday field trips. Fulfills Intermediate Earth Science and upper-level lab course requirements for ENVS majors.

Geology 297R

Independent Study

TBA. Variable credit. Independent study for environmental studies majors who have taken Geology 141 and 142 or Geology 141 and 250. Requires an independent project approved by the instructor.


Geology courses with off-campus component:

Geology 100N

Desert Geology

(SNT)

Off-campus course. Summer (alternate years). Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Additional tuition is required. Study of the climatologic origin and the geomorphology of deserts. Also includes morphological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations to life in a dry environment, and study of the ecological zones and geology of Big Bend National Park. Classes meet weekly during the semester, followed by a 12-day field trip to Chihuahua Desert in Big Bend National Park, Texas. Fulfills Intermediate Earth Science and upper-level lab course requirements for ENVS majors.

Geology 220N

Modern and Ancient Tropical Environments

(SNT)

Off-campus course. Interim. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Geology 141 and permission of instructor. Additional tuition is required. Field study of modern and ancient tropical environments using the Bahamas Platform as a case study. Geological, biological, and paleontological analysis of terrestrial and marine ecosystems during winter break on San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Includes an additional required weekend field trip to a Georgia coast barrier island. Classes meet weekly during the semester. Fulfills Intermediate Earth Science and upper-level lab course requirements for ENVS majors.