Program Plan

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Catalog 2014-15: AS.GEOL

Catalog 2013-14: AS.GEOL

Catalog 2012-13: AS.GEOL

Catalog 2011-12: AS.GEOL

1.0 credits GEOL-104: Spin: (special Interest)
Course is designed to address a variety of subject
Offered: DMND
1.0 - 3.0 credits GEOL-105: SPIN: (Special Interest)
Course is designed to address a variety of subjects required to meet the needs of lifelong learning students. Not available for transfer nor applicable as an elective.
4.0 credits GEOL-110: Introduction to Geology
A study of the composition and structure of the earth, including plate tectonics, minerals, the rock cycle, mountain building, energy resources, and natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and landslides. This class includes optional weekend field trips.
Offered: FASP
4.0 credits GEOL-111: Historical Geology
The geologic history and development of life on the earth as recorded by rocks and fossils. Special consideration is given to plate tectonics and fossils in the lectures and to fossils and geologic maps in the laboratories. This class includes a field trip.
Prerequisites: Take GEOL-110.
Offered: SP
4.0 credits GEOL-120: Intro to Petroleum Geology
This course will study various aspects of petroleum geology and fossil fuels. Content will include formation and classification of regional sedimentary rocks, geologic history of the Four Corners Region, and formation, detection, and extraction of oil, natural gas, and coal. This class includes field trips.
Offered: SU
4.0 credits GEOL-270: Mineralogy
A study of elementary crystallography. Topics covered include description, identification, classification, chemistry, and occurrence of minerals that form common rocks and ore deposits. This class includes a field trip.
Prerequisites: Take GEOL-110.
Offered: FALL
4.0 credits GEOL-271: Petrology
The origin, classification, and identification of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. This class includes a field trip.
Prerequisites: Take GEOL-270.
Offered: SP
1.0 - 4.0 credits GEOL-290: Special Topics
Specific subjects and credits to be announced in the schedule of classes.
1.0 - 4.0 credits GEOL-298: HNRS-SPTO: (special Topics)

Offered: ALL Faculty Permission Required
1.0 - 6.0 credits GEOL-299: Directed Study
Special or specific topic course to meet the needs of students. Topics and credits are announced in the Schedule of Classes. These courses may be used as electives for Associate degree requirements. May be repeated one or more times for additional credit. No more than 6 credits of special topic courses can be used toward a degree.
Offered: DMND

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