GEOL-G 107 Environmental Geology (3 cr.). An introduction to geology through discussion of geological topics that show the influence of geology on modern society. Topics include mineral and energy resources, water resources, geologic hazards and problems, geology and health, and land use.
GEOL-G 109 Fundamentals of Earth History (3 cr.). Basic principles of Earth history: geologic time, basic rock types, and reconstructing past environments; physical development of the earth, including its interior, mountain formation, and plate tectonics; origin and development of life, including evolution and the fossil record. With laboratory G 119, equivalent to IUB GEOL-G 104, IUB GEOL-G 112, and PU GEOS 11200.
GEOL-G 110 Physical Geology (3 cr.). Introduction to processes within and at the surface of the earth; description, classification, and origin of minerals and rocks; the rock cycle; internal processes, such as volcanism, earthquakes, crustal deformation, mountain building, and plate tectonics; and external processes, such as weathering, mass wasting, streams, glaciers, ground water, deserts, and coasts. With laboratory G 120, equivalent to IU GEOL-G 103, IU GEOL-G 111, and PU GEOS 11100.
GEOL-G 115 Introduction to Oceanography (3 cr.). Nonmathematical introduction to the geology, biology, and physical characteristics of the ocean. Includes waves, tides, and currents of the world ocean, the adaptations and distribution of marine animals, pollution of the marine ecosystem, and an introduction to the global ocean and atmosphere system.
GEOL-G 117 Environmental Geology Laboratory (1 cr.). Prerequisite or corequisite: G 107. Laboratory exercises in environmental aspects of the geosciences. To accompany G 107.
GEOL-G 119 Fundamentals of Earth History Laboratory (1 cr.). Prerequisite or corequisite: G 109. Laboratory studies of rocks, fossils, and stratigraphic principles to reconstruct past environments and interpret Earth history. To accompany G 109.
GEOL-G 120 Physical Geology Laboratory (1 cr.). Prerequisite or corequisite: G 110. Laboratory studies of minerals and rocks, landscapes, and earth structures. To accompany G 110 for non-geology majors.
GEOL-G 130 Short Courses in Earth Science (topic varies) (1 cr.). Five-week short courses on a variety of topics in the earth sciences. Examples of topics include lunar and planetary geology, geology of Indiana, geology of national parks, glaciers, water, gemstones, geology of art, earthquakes and volcanoes, and dinosaurs. Each short course is 1 credit; no topic may be taken for credit more than once.
GEOL-G 132 Environmental Problems (3 cr.). This course is offered online and provides experience in addressing some of the kinds of problems that arise in studies of the environment. Particular attention is given to developing skills in evaluating scientific articles, specifically, the relevance of the information in an article, the credibility of the author, and the accuracy and usefulness of the quantitative information provided. The kinds of problems considered in this course will vary from semester to semester, but will be chosen from a list that includes global warming, tropical rain forests, acid rain, water pollution, solid waste disposal, appropriate use of land, and the ability of regulations to protect the environment. Three or four such topics will be covered each semester.
GEOL-G 135 Indiana Geology (3 cr.). An in-depth investigation of Indiana's geology, including minerals and rocks, geologic time, mineral resources, fossils, topography, soil, water resources, and special geologic features such as the falls of the Ohio River and the Indiana Dunes.
GEOL-G 136 Indiana Geology Field Experience (1 cr.). Prerequisite or corequisite: G 107, G 110, or G 135. Application of geologic principles to the solution of geologic problems in field settings. Projects on geologic topics, including sedimentary rocks and fossils, soils, mineral resources, hydrology, glacial history, and karst topography. Students undertake two projects per semester and must be available on two Saturdays for field work. Preparation for field days uses a combination of television, the web, and email. Each project requires a written report.
GEOL-G 180 Dinosaurs (3 cr.). A survey of the characteristics and evolution of dinosaurs. Topics include occurrence of dinosaur remains in the fossil record, basic anatomy, principles used in classification, types of predatory and plant-eating dinosaurs, environments occupied during life, biology and behavior, extinction theories, dinosaur hunters, and dinosaurs in the media and the public eye.