Environmental Geology

GEOL-G 107




With Environmental Geology, you have the choice of taking an online section or an on-campus section. The online sections are taught using similar material and are delivered entirely online through Canvas.

Environmental geology examines the intersection of geology and humanity---how humans are affected by earth processes (natural disasters), how humans use or modify earth material or ecosystems (wetlands, soils, mining), and how humans impact natural environments (waste disposal, pollution). The course also covers basic concepts like geologic time, plate tectonics, and the rock cycle. Depending on your instructor, common topics covered include:

  • Global warming and climate change
  • Sewage treatment and landfills
  • Air and water pollution
  • Groundwater and surface water resources
  • Ecosystems and their relationship to earth material
  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Floods and landslides
  • Mining earth resources

The class typically includes a required writing assignment, either a service learning experience and follow-up paper, or a research paper.

There is an optional independent laboratory section offered with this course, G117.