Courses In Geology

Life & Earth

GE-100 Fundamentals of Earth Science

3 class hours 3 credits, no Prerequisites, Offered as needed.
An historical study of Earth Science from ancient times until the end of the nineteenth century is presented to illustrate the inductive processes of science in the derivation of a global understanding of meteorology, oceanography, botany, agriculture and geology.

GE-101 Physical Geology

3 class hours 3 laboratory hours 4 credits, no Prerequisites
Earth materials and landscapes are studied to formulate the principles of geology. Laboratory studies include minerals, rocks, soils, and topographic maps. A field trip to the American Museum of Natural History is a course requirement.

GE-102 Historical Geology

3 class hours 3 laboratory hours 4 credits, no Prerequisites
Explains how nature has recorded in rocks the story of past landscapes and oceans and follows the evolution of plant life. Laboratory studies include minerals, rocks, fossils, and geological maps. A field trip to the American Museum of Natural History is a course requirement.

GE-105 Gems and Semi-precious Stones

3 class hours 3 credits, no Prerequisites
Gems and semi-precious stones are classified and their origins are explained. The economic, industrial, and aesthetic values of gem materials are related to their physical characteristics. The physical properties of gems and gem simulants are described. A trip to the American Museum of Natural History is a course requirement.  May be used to satisfy nonlaboratory science requirement for the A.A. degree or as an elective.

GE-125 Earth Science

3 class hours 3 credits.
Prerequisite: BE-112 (or 205) and 122 (or 226) or satisfactory score on the English Placement Test.
Not open to students who have taken GE-101 or GE-102. May be used to satisfy nonlaboratory science requirement for the A.A. degree.
Origin of our solar system; structure and composition of our home planet, earth; origin of earth's landscapes and oceans; patterns of weather and climate.

Special Note: The above courses are offered every semester, unless otherwise indicated; for example, "Offered in Fall Semester," "Offered in Spring Semester," or "Offered as needed."