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Course Descriptions

Geology (GEOL)


GEOL 106  Dinosaurs  (5)

An introduction to the biology, behavior, evolution, and extinction of the dinosaurs and the ancient world they lived in. Examines the history of how dinosaur have been studied and the ways that scientific ideas about dinosaurs have been formulated, tested, and changed over time. Includes the chance to examine fossils of dinosaurs, other prehistoric animals, and ancient plants. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a natural science requirement for AA degree.

GEOL 107  Fossils and Ancient Earth  (5)

Introduces fossil animals, examines how life changed over geologic time, and discusses how dramatic changes in climates and other environmental conditions have impacted life on our planet. Topics covered include: how Earth formed and the first life evolved; how fossil and rocks form; patterns of extinction and evolution; and how fossils are used to reconstruct ancient geographic and environmental patterns. Satisfies a natural science or lab science requirement for AA degree. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a natural science or lab science requirement for AA degree.

GEOL 117  Natural Disasters with Lab  (5)

An in-depth examination of the science behind natural disasters. Examines the causes and impacts of natural disasters, including: volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunami, landslides, floods, global climate change, and meteorite impacts. Presents case studies with emphasis on the relative risks and mitigation strategies used in the Pacific Northwest. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. RECOMMEND: Eligible for MATH 097. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.

GEOL 150  Field Trips in Geology 1  (1)

Investigates the geology of the Pacific Northwest. Locations of field trips vary from quarter to quarter. Some of the trips involve hiking up to three or four miles on variable terrain. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in GEOL, or GEOL& 101; or instructor's permission. Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies an activity requirement for AA degree. This is a pass/no-credit course.

GEOL 151  Dinosaurs: Museum Field Trips in Geology  (1)

Students learn about dinosaur biology, behavior, and the reasons behind their extinction. Students examine fossils of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals during classroom discussions and students are guided through dinosaur exhibits at museums in the Puget Sound region. Students are responsible for any museum entry fees and transportation to and from museums. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. This is a pass/no-credit course.

GEOL 152  Field Trips in Geology 2  (1)

Investigates the geology of the Pacific Northwest. Locations of field trips vary from quarter to quarter. Some of the trips involve hiking up to 3 or 4 miles on variable terrain. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in GEOL, or GEOL& 101, or instructor's permission. Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies an activity requirement for AA degree. This is a pass/no-credit course.

GEOL 153  Field Trips in Geology 3  (1)

Investigates the geology of the Pacific Northwest. Locations of field trips vary from quarter to quarter. Some of the trips involve hiking up to 3 or 4 miles on variable terrain. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in GEOL, or GEOL& 101, or instructor's permission. Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies an activity requirement for AA degree. This is a pass/no-credit course.

GEOL 200  Geological Investigations of the National Parks  (5)

An investigation of the geology of national parks of the U.S. and Canada. The primary emphasis is on the geology of the western park. PREREQUISITE: GEOL& 101 and eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a natural science requirement for AA degree.

GEOL 206  Earth History  (5)

A study of the geological theories of the evolution of the earth, the oceans, the atmospheres, and life. Includes principles of physical stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, geochronology, plate tectonics, fossil identification, and the paleogeographic changes in North America through time. PREREQUISITE: GEOL& 101 and eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.

GEOL 299  Independent Study-Geology  (1-5)

Allows and encourages students to study independently in their special interest in geology. Course contents, type and scope of project is decided in conference between student and instructor. PREREQUISITE: GEOL& 101 and/or instructor's permission and eligible for ENGL& 101.

GEOL& 101  Introduction to Physical Geology  (5)

Survey of the physical systems that give the Earth its form. Emphasizes the dynamic nature of interior and exterior processes and their relevance to humans. Laboratory class with field trips. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.

GEOL& 208  Geology of the Pacific Northwest  (5)

Covers the geological history of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Emphasizes the use of geologic principles in interpreting evidence found in landscapes and rocks. Includes field trips. PREREQUISITE: GEOL& 101 or equivalent and eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.