ENV 141 - Introduction to Geology
Course Description: This course will explore a range of topics of interest from within the realm of geology. Emphasis will be on the materials that comprise the earth, the processes that shape the surface and the forces that are at work that drive these processes and produce and alter the materials. Through laboratory and classroom exercises the student will uncover the evidence that geologists use to reconstruct past events in an effort to better understand predict and possibly avoid clashes between human activities and natural geologic processes such as floods, beach, slope and soil erosion, sea level changes and ground water contamination. Geological hazards such as volcanoes and earthquakes will be explored and evaluated in the context of Plate Tectonics Theory. By tracing the historical development of this theory students will gain insight into the scientific method which is at the core of all scientific disciplines. 3 hours lecture/2 hour laboratory.
ISLOs: This course supports student development of Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy, and Social Responsibility.
Prerequisite(s): Eligible for ENG 101.
Note(s): This course has been approved to meet the Core curriculum General Education Requirement.
Course Student Learning Outcomes:
- Analyze issues of a geologic nature for sound application of geologic principles and the scientific method.
- Apply geologic principles to explain or suggest solutions to issues in geology.
- Apply knowledge of geological processes, to make sound decisions regarding human activities that will impact society, human health or environmental sustainability.
- Draw conclusions by performing a variety of calculations and manipulating common geological data.
- Assess geologic hazards and their potential to cause loss of life or property in different locations using geologic principles.
- Plot, calculate or use data from seismograph tracings such as; depth of foci, time travel curves, magnitude and angle of a descending plate to evaluate earthquake hazards and /or locate the epicenter of an earthquake.
- Evaluate earthquake hazards and /or locate the epicenter of an earthquake by plotting, calculating or using data from seismograph tracings such as; depth of foci, time travel curves, magnitude and angle of a descending plate.
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