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Associate in Applied Science



Geology - Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

MCC Campus(s): Blue River, Longview, Maple Woods
Contacts:
BR-Ben Wolfe, 604-6622
LV-Patricia Munn, 604-2342
MW-William Young, 604-3332

Geology Courses

GEOL 101 - Physical Geology - 5.00 credits

Study of plate tectonics, rocks, minerals, volcanoes, earthquakes, resources, geologic time, and the processes that affect the surface and the interior of the earth. Laboratory analysis of rocks and minerals. Interpretation of topographic and geologic maps as investigative tools. Optional field trips.

GEOL 102 - Historical Geology - 4.00 credits

History of the earth from its origin as a planet to the present time. Succession of geologic formations and their contained fossils in revealing the evolution of the earth and forms of life throughout the four and a half billion years of geologic time. Laboratory analysis of geologic problems and identification of fossils. Optional field trip.

GEOL 103 - Environmental Geology - 5.00 credits

Introduces fundamental concepts and philosophy of environmental study; discusses natural hazards with underlying causes and human interaction with the environment; applies environmental concepts to problems of pollution, garbage, and hazardous waste; explores the source, types, availability, and evaluates intelligent use of geologic resources; suggests techniques for hazard prevention and remediation; addresses current media topics concerning the environment.

GEOL 110 - Oceanography - 4.00 credits

Ocean as part of Earth's dynamic and ecologic systems. Influence of the ocean on atmosphere, climate, and land processes. Ocean stewardship, problems, and policy.

GEOL 180 - Energy and the Environment - 5.00 credits

Introduces fundamental concepts of energy generation and environmental impact. Analysis of energy fundamentals, fossil fuel exploration and use, atmospheric pollution, global warming, nuclear energy, alternative energy sources and energy conservation. Optional field trips.

GEOL 186 - Solar Water and Space Heating - 3.00 credits

Solar radiation applied to heating water and air, introduction to safe design and installation of solar thermal systems with emphasis on domestic hot water.

GEOL 199A - Special Topics - 1.00 credits

A focused study of a topic in geology. May take the form of individual research projects based on library, internet, and/or oral presentation information; field or laboratory project; and short courses such as, but not limited to, topics in environmental geology, national parks, earthquakes, rock and minerals.

GEOL 199B - Special Topics - 2.00 credits

A focused study of a topic in geology. May take the form of individual research projects based on library, internet, and/or oral presentation information; field or laboratory project; and short courses such as, but not limited to, topics in environmental geology, national parks, earthquakes, rock and minerals.

GEOL 199C - Special Topics - 3.00 credits

A focused study of a topic in geology. May take the form of individual research projects based on library, internet, and/or oral presentation information; field or laboratory project; and short courses such as, but not limited to, topics in environmental geology, national parks, earthquakes, rock and minerals.

GEOL 214A - Geology Field Study in the Midwestern U.S. - 1.00 credits

Prerequisite: GEOL 101. Study of selected locations in the Midwest during a field trip. Location of field trip varies. Apply basic geologic principles and collect rock and mineral samples.

GEOL 214B - Geology Field Study in the Midwestern U.S. - 2.00 credits

Prerequisite: GEOL 101. Study of selected locations in the Midwest during a field trip. Location of field trip varies. Apply basic geologic principles and collect rock and mineral samples.

GEOL 214C - Geology Field Study in the Midwestern U.S. - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: GEOL 101. Study of selected locations in the Midwest during a field trip. Location of field trip varies. Apply basic geologic principles and collect rock and mineral samples.

GEOL 215 - Geology Field Study - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: GEOL 101. Study of selected locations in the Western United States during a field trip. Location of field trip varies. Apply basic geologic principles and collect rock and mineral samples.

GEOL 226 - Solar Thermal Design and Installation - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: GEOL 186 & inte 260. Design, installation and maintenance of solar thermal systems, with special emphasis on residential domestic hot water.

 

Last Modified: 10/26/15