Subject: Geology
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: Geological Sciences


Exploration of the global and local-scale physical, chemical, and biological processes that have shaped the Earth’s surface and interior through geologic time. Topics include Earth’s structure and composition, plate tectonics, minerals, the rock cycle, weathering and erosion, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountain building, geologic time, geologic hazards, the hydrological cycle, the origin and use of energy, mineral and water resources, and other earth processes that impact humans.

Note: May be used as a Science course in the Breadth Requirement for B.A., B.F.A., and BMus programs. Students with credit for GEOL 103, 105, 110, or 121 may not take this course for credit. Students who complete GEOL 108 and earn a grade of 70% or greater may choose to subsequently upgrade to credit for GEOL 121 by taking the laboratory section of GEOL 121 only. Students must contact the Department of Geological Sciences for an override to register in the laboratory section. Students may only count 3 credit units from GEOL 108 and GEOL 121 toward an Arts & Science degree program. Costs in addition to tuition may apply to Independent Studies sections of this course. GEOL 109/122 complements GEOL 108/121.

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