Physical Geology

GEOL-G 110




Physical geology provides the basis for moving towards advanced geology courses; however, many non-science students take this course out of a general interest in geology. This class will answer your questions about "How does the Earth work" This course covers basic principles of geologic time, earth materials, and plate tectonics in more detail than other 100 level courses. The course surveys a variety of processes that impact the shape and features of Earth's surface. Depending on your instructor, you will cover some of these topics on how Earth processes/features work

  • Deserts
  • Mountains
  • Rivers
  • Soils
  • Groundwater
  • Glaciers
  • Shorelines
  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes

By the end of the course, you will understand not only how these features happen, but why we find them in certain locations. If you are interested in an independent laboratory with this course, consider enrolling in GEOL-G 120.

*Special Note: One section of G110 is taught exclusively each year for elementary education majors fulfilling a program requirement. This special section is cross listed and taught jointly with Chemistry C100. Education majors should check with their advisor before enrolling.