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Geology Courses

GEL 113 Historical Geology (4)
Prerequisites: GEL 111 or GEL 120
Corequisites: None
This course covers the geological history of the earth and its life forms. Emphasis is placed on the study of rock strata, fossil groups, and geological time. Upon completion, students should be able to identify major fossil groups and associated rock strata and approximate ages of geological formations. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics. This course may meet the SACS natural science requirement for AA, AS, AFA, AGE, AAS, DIP, or CER programs
*This course is a 4 hour course with 3 lecture contact hours and 2 lab contact hours per week.

GEL 120 Physical Geology (4)
Prerequisites: Proficiency in Reading – A grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or RED 090 OR minimum Accuplacer score of 80 on Reading
Corequisites: None
This course provides a study of the structure and composition of the earth’s crust. Emphasis is placed on weathering, erosional and depositional processes, mountain building forces, rocks and minerals, and structural changes. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the structure, composition, and formation of the earth’s crust. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics. This course may meet the SACS natural science requirement for AA, AS, AFA, AGE, AAS, DIP, or CER programs.

*This course is a 4 credit hour course with 3 lecture contact hours and 2 lab contact hours per week.

GEL 220 Marine Geology (4)
Prerequisites: GEL 120
Corequisites: None
This course presents a detailed examination of coastal and sea floor geology. Emphasis Is placed on coastal and sea floor
landforms and processes that shape these features. Upon completion, students should be able to describe the origin and
evolution of both coastal and sea floor landforms. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

GEL 230 Environmental Geology (4)
Prerequisites: GEL 111, GEL 120, OR PHS 130; Proficiency in Reading – A grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or RED 090 OR minimum Accuplacer score of 80 on Reading
Corequisites: None
This course provides insights into geologic forces that cause environmental changes influencing man’s activities. Emphasis is placed on natural hazards and disasters caused by geologic forces. Upon completion, students should be able to relate to major hazards and disasters to the geologic forces responsible for their occurrence. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education
core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics. This course may meet the SACS natural science requirement for AA, AS, AFA, AGE, AAS, DIP, or CER programs.
*This course is a 4 credit hour course with 3 lecture contact hours and 2 lab contact hours per week.



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