Introduction to Physical Geology w/Lab

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Course Description: 
A study of the Earth, its materials, the development of landforms and the geologic processes involved. Common rocks, minerals, and geologic maps are studied in the laboratory. In the fall, a field trip to Mt. St. Helens to study volcanic processes is planned. 4 lecture hours; 2 lab hours. Satisfies science or lab requirement area D distribution or specified elective in the AA degree.
Course Prerequisites: 
Recommended Preparation: ENGL 095 or placement in ENGL& 101. Prerequisite: MATH 097 or placement in MATH 098. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in GEOL& 101 Lab.
Course Outcomes: 
  • To develop critical thinking skills and to expose students to the scientific process and the scientific method.
  • help provide students the skills needed to continue learning throughout their lives.
  • To introduce the student to the basic concepts of the terrestrial environment. These include its age, composition, structure, and the processes that continually shape the surface of the planet.
  • To develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural surroundings.
  • Gain experience obtaining and analyzing experimental data.