Environmental Geology Laboratory

GEOL-G 117




This course is the laboratory companion to G107. This is a separate 1 credit course that operates independently from the lecture section. It provides practical laboratory experiences related to practicing Environmental Geology.  The lab uses a mixture of written exercises, maps, and hands-on activities. Specific topics that may be addressed include:

  • Identify and classify the most common types of minerals and rocks, with emphasis on rocks found in Indiana.
  • Use a soil survey and identify the basic properties of soils
  • Learn how to use topographic maps to read elevations and identify common landforms
  • Use topographic maps and Geographic Information Systems to describe and interpret Earth's surface (exogenic) processes: weathering/soils, mass wasting, rivers, cultural features, and groundwater.
  • Practice analytical techniques, including to analyze water chemistry for common pollutants and to interpret seismic data to locate an earthquake.

A laboratory textbook and the ability to use basic math skills are required in this course. Exercises are provided early on in the course to practice applying math.