Geology Course Descriptions

GEL 111 Introductory Geology

This course introduces basic landforms and geological processes. Topics include rocks, minerals, volcanoes, sfluvial processes, geological history, plate tectonics, glaciers, and coastal dynamics. Upon completion, students should be able to describe basic geological processes that shape the earth. Students should also be familiar with important time periods associated with the evolution of the earth and its life forms. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisites:ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; and MAT 070 or DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: None
GEL 111 Course Outline


GEL 113 Historical Geology

This course covers the geological history of the earth and its life forms. Emphasis is placed on the study of rock strata, fossil groups, and geological time. Upon completion, students should be able to identify major fossil groups and associated rock strata and approximate ages of geological formations. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisites: GEL 111
Corequisite: None
GEL 113 Course Outline


GEL 230 Environmental Geology

This course provides insights into geologic forces that cause environmental changes influencing man's activities. Emphasis is placed on natural hazards and disasters caused by geologic forces. Upon completion, students should be able to relate major hazards and disasters to the geologic forces responsible for their occurrence.

This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisites: GEL 111
Corequisite: None
GEL 230 Course Outline: Not available