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Physical Geology Laboratory

GEOL-G 120



This course is the laboratory companion to G120. This is a separate 1 credit course that operates independently from the lecture section. It provides practical laboratory experiences related to practicing Physical 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.
  • Use a soil survey and identify the basic properties of soils
  • Learn how to use topographic maps to read elevations and identify common landforms
  • 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.