Geology is the study of the Earth — its composition, evolution, history and uniqueness among other planets in our solar system. Offerings in Geology provide an introduction for the non-science major as well as supplement the curriculum for science majors seeking careers in the environmental field. Geology complements the Environmental Studies minor curriculum.
Four credits from GEO, with the exception of practicum or independent study courses, count towards the Distributive Requirements in the Natural Sciences — Physical Sciences.
|GEO 101.||Physical Geology|
|Overview of physical Earth processes including rock and mineral formation, weathering and erosion, volcanism, seismicity and glaciation. Topics focus on central theme of plate tectonics. Also included are tectonic mechanisms responsible for structural change and landforms.|
|GEO 112.||Introduction to Michigan Basin Geology|
|Field-oriented course focusing on unique geology of the Michigan Basin. Emphasis on tectonic and climatic changes in Michigan's geologic past and the rock records and fossil assemblage representing these changes. Topics include formation of the Michigan Basin's unique structure. Field trips include Wallace limestone quarry, evaporite deposits in a Grand Rapids gypsum mine, sandstone ledges at Grand Ledge, Silver Lake sand dunes and regional Pleistocene glacial features.|
|GEO 113.||Dynamic Earth|
|Study of the Earth's dynamic systems as explained by plate tectonics theory. Tectonic investigation from the origin of the solar system to the most recent period of continental glaciation. Examination of rock and fossil records. Laboratory.|