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GLG 1101 Physical Geology

Surface processes of wind, water and ice in changing Earth's surface, plate tectonics; interior forces that cause earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building. Introduction to natural resources; impact of natural hazards on human populations; and impact of human activities in the natural world. Laboratory component stresses introduction to and use of basic scientific method and problem solving. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.

Division: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Department: Geology
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: NONE  


  • Relate the Theory of Plate Tectonics to Earth processes such as volcanism, earthquakes and mountain building.
  • Explain the mineral composition of and the mechanisms responsible for the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; demonstrate an understanding of the formation, availability, and importance of mineral, rock, energy, water and soil resources.
  • Recognize the processes of: weathering, soil and sediment formation, mass wasting, deserts, surface water, ground water, glaciers and coastlines; and be able to recognize and describe their general features.
  • Describe various ways in which the study of Physical Geology impacts human activities and how it is important and vital to daily life.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2