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GLG 110 Environmental Geology
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2011
SUN#: None
AGEC: Physical and Biological Sciences  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F
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Description: Geological studies as they apply to interactions between humans and the Earth, including geologic processes and hazards, resources, and global change.

Prerequisites: MAT092, RDG094

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) List all of the steps of the scientific method and briefly describe the importance of the geologic environment to humans.
2. (Comprehension Level) Describe the basic materials and features of the Earth and the systems that bring about geologic change.
3. (Analysis Level) Identify a select group of common minerals along with various igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock samples.
4. (Comprehension Level) Demonstrate knowledge of all major physical features of the Earth, including the Earth's internal structure, features of continents, ocean basins, and those produced by the tectonic and hydrologic systems. Explain the energy sources driving these systems and the Earth features produced by their operation over geologic time.
5. (Synthesis Level) Discuss the principles of surface water and ground water flow and the various sources of water pollution.
6. (Evaluation Level) List and evaluate major geologic hazards and explain ways humans can avoid their harmful effects. Locate geologic hazards and resources on topographic and geologic maps.
7. (Evaluation Level) Discuss various energy sources including their uses, origins, environmental effects, advantages and disadvantages, and future abundance.
8. (Evaluation Level) Using maps, air photos, and satellite images, explain the major geologic resources used by humans and the geologic conditions that produce them. Explain the geologic origin of different mineral deposits and the environmental costs associated with mining them. Identify common ore minerals.
9. (Synthesis Level) Describe the dangers and responsibilities facing humanity as we continue to use EarthÂ’s finite geologic resources while the population continues to increase.
10. (Synthesis Level) Explain the current theories and uncertainties regarding global climate change.
11. (Evaluation Level) Research an environmental geology topic. Consider differing points of view, and present conclusions based on careful evaluation of the available materials.
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