The average introductory geology student’s perception of geology normally involves the memorization of rocks and discussions of natural disasters, but Geology contains so much more.  Geology is the study of our planet, which is vital to our everyday lives from the energy we use, to the growing of the food we eat, to the foundations of the buildings we live in, to the materials that are used to make everyday objects (metals and plastics). The ideal place to start this course is discussing the methods that are used to better understand our planet, the processes that shape it, and its history.

Lab exercises:

  • Minerals
  • Igneous rocks
  • Sedimentary rocks
  • Metamorphic rocks
  • Topographic maps
  • Earthquakes
  • Rivers and Streams
  • Climate Change


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