2019-2020 Catalog

GEOL - GEOLOGY

GEOL 1026 GEOLOGY OF SOUTHWEST WYOMING

This course is designed for students interested in gaining an understanding of the geologic history of Southwestern Wyoming.  Students will study basic geologic principles and apply them to the region as well as learn to interpret the geomorphology, rock formations, and fossils of the region utilizing the Scientific Method. Students will also gain an understanding of how Wyoming geology influences and is influenced by contemporary society.  A local day field trip is a requirement for this course.
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GEOL 1100 PHYSICAL GEOLOGY

This course is an introduction to the scope of Geology, the concepts involved, the several branches of the science, and some of the economic and cultural aspects of the science. Emphasis is on the materials and processes that make and shape the Earth, and how those concepts are related to the Theory of Plate Tectonics. Students will learn to identify common minerals and rocks and explain their composition; learn about plate tectonics and use this theory to explain the origin of ocean basins, mountain chains, continents, earthquakes, volcanoes; and learn about the rock cycle, weathering of rocks, and formation of landforms (glaciers, river valleys, coastal features). Geology makes extensive use of the scientific method and hands-on learning. This course has a significant lab component that is designed to help students learn and understand concepts taught in class; hence the Scientific Method will be used in lab exercises.

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Prerequisites

MATH 0920 or higher

GEOL 1200 HISTORICAL GEOLOGY

Historical Geology is an introduction to the study of Earth, its origin, and the processes and events that have shaped it. The course covers major geological changes in Earth history in chronological order, and the relationship between geology and the evolution of life on this planet. A significant portion of the lab section of this course will be the identification of fossils from major time periods of Earth’s history in order to demonstrate evolution over time at the macro level. This course will make extensive use of the scientific method and hands-on learning. Local field trips may be required.

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Prerequisites

GEOL 1100 or Instructor Permission

Corequisites

GEOL 1201

GEOL 2010 MINERALOGY

This is an introduction to the systematic study of rock-forming minerals.  This course will include the study of crystallography, crystal chemistry, and mineral identification.

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Prerequisites

GEOL 1100 or Instructor Permission

GEOL 2020 INTRODUCTION TO PETROLOGY

This petrology course surveys the distribution, chemical composition, and mineral associations in rocks of the earth’s crust and upper mantle, and establishes its relation to tectonic environment.  The student will learn the principles behind rock forming processes and will learn to examine rocks in hand specimen and thin section, both as a means of identifying and describing the rocks and as a means of extracting clues to formulate hypotheses about how the rocks formed in nature, and what that means for humanity.


 

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GEOL 2050 PRINCIPLES OF PALEONTOLOGY

Paleontology is study of life on this planet through the evidence of the fossil record.  It includes the study of fossils to determining organisms’ evolution and interactions with each other and their environments.  The course covers major geological changes in Earth history in chronological order, and the relationship between geology and the evolution of life on this planet.  A significant portion of the course will be the identification of fossils from major time periods of Earth’s history in order to demonstrate evolution over time at the macro level.  This course will make extensive use of the scientific method and hands-on learning.  Local field trips may be required.            

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Prerequisites

ENGL 1010, C or Better

GEOL 2080 GENERAL FIELD GEOLOGY

This course provides an introduction to Geology field methods. Students will be instructed in the basics of geological surveying, mapping, and the use of geological field equipment. The precise course of study will vary from semester to semester.  This course may include a required field component.  Up to four credits of GEOL 2080 will apply towards graduation.

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Prerequisites

GEOL 1100 or Instructor Permission