ESS 110 - Physical Geology

Course Description

This course is designed for Geology and Natural Science majors program although it will be appropriate for non-science majors as a laboratory science elective. This course, designed as a laboratory course provides a study of the Earth, its composition, structure and the processes that shape it. The course will consider the various aspects of geology including, earthquakes, volcanoes, surface and groundwater, rivers and streams, caves, landform development, plate tectonics, rocks, and minerals.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Identify volcanism, igneous activity, and the formation of igneous rocks.
Describe the processes of weathering, erosion, sedimentation and the formation of sedimentary rocks.
Explain the basic ideas of metamorphism and the formation of metamorphic rocks.
Define the mechanism and effects of earthquakes.
Summarize the theory of plate tectonics.
Apply the plate tectonic theory to mountain building, volcanism and earthquakes.
Compare surface water and groundwater and explain the role of each in the human environment.
Climate, glaciers, wind, and coastal processes.
Geologic time and rock correlation.
Describe the socioeconomic impact of geology.

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2

Course Prerequisites: MAT 060 and REA 050