Geology

  • GLG 1510 Physical Geology

    In this classical introduction to geology, students will identify and explain the geologic processes operating on and beneath Earth's surface, including mineral and rock formation, plate tectonics, deformation, orogeny, weathering, erosion, transport, and deposition. Landforms resulting from geologic processes will be interpreted. Laboratory projects and field trips correlate with lecture topics. Corequisite: MAT 0600; Eligibility: ENG 1510: Must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • GLG 1520 Historical Geology

    Students will identify and interpret the scientific theories explaining the physical and biological evolution of Earth, with an emphasis on the North American continent, using stratigraphic, fossil, and radiometric evidence. Laboratory projects and field trips include the use of geologic maps, cross-sections, and the study of faunal succession using fossil specimens. Prerequisite: GLG 1510 or 1550; Eligibility: ENG 1510; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • GLG 1550 Earth Science

    Students will identify and explain basic concepts in geology, oceanography, and meteorology, including mineral and rock formation, plate tectonics, mountain building, weathering and soils, erosional and depositional processes, geologic hazards, oceans, and the atmosphere. Optional field experiences are offered. This is an introductory course for students with little or no science background. Eligibility: ENG 1510 and MAT 0500, must meet minimum college level reading score 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • GLG 1610 New York State Geology

    Students will be introduced to the various geologic provinces of New York state and their unique history, physiography, and scenic beauty. Through the use of readings, lectures, audiovisual aids, and a mini-lab, students will be able to explain the major events in the geologic history of New York state and describe the geologic characteristics of each province. During the mini-lab, students will learn to identify common New York rocks, minerals, and fossils. Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • GLG 1620 The Age of Dinosaurs

    Students will explore life on earth during the Mesozoic era, the "age of dinosaurs." Through the use of readings, lectures, extensive audiovisual aids, the Internet and laboratory exercises, students will study major geologic events of this period, identify the behavior of the most common dinosaurs, and identify common Mesozoic marine and plant life. Class discussions and assignments will include new and controversial theories explaining the evolution, behavior, and extinction of dinosaurs. During mini-labs students will handle and learn to identify common dinosaur fossils. Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • GLG 1630 Ice Ages

    Students will be introduced to the major ice ages in our geologic past, with an emphasis on the Pleistocene Ice Age. Using readings, lectures, the Internet, audiovisual aids, and mini-labs, students will discuss the earth's major eras of glaciation, explain the work of glaciers in shaping topography, identify common Pleistocene age animals and discuss current theories of glaciation. Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • GLG 1640 Introduction/Paleontology

    Students will examine the history of life on Earth as reflected in the fossil record. The course covers the oldest known forms of life from over three billion years ago through the origin of marine communities, the invasion of land, dinosaurs, and the age of mammals. Emphasis will be placed on common fossil groups and the interaction of organisms with their diverse environments. This is an introductory course for students with little or no science background. Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • GLG 1720 Geologic Hazards

    This course explores the dangerous and fascinating world of earthquakes and volcanoes. Students will study the geologic settings that produce these phenomena, specific hazards associated with each, and the immediate and long term effects of natural disasters of this magnitude. Risk assessment, human mitigation, and ways to minimize the devastating consequences of earthquakes and volcanoes will be covered. Eligibility: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • GLG 1740 Catastrophic Weather

    Students will be introduced to the field of meteorology and explore general weather principles and the where, when, why, and how of catastrophic weather events such as thunderstorms and lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and drought. Methods to prepare and protect you and your family against these natural disasters are also covered. Eligibility: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • GLG 1760 Petroleum Geology

    Petroleum resources constitute a major source of energy for our transportation, home, and industrial needs on a national and global basis. Students will gain an insight into the geology of petroleum (oil and gas), and develop an understanding of its origin, occurrence, and geologic controls. Students will increase their knowledge of economic, environmental, and geopolitical considerations as related to petroleum prospect development. Practice in prospect analysis will be obtained through a series of exercises which demonstrate basic use of wireline logs and subsurface maps. Eligibility: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • GLG 1810 Introduction to Oceanography

    Students will learn basic oceanographic concepts including the physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes operating in the oceans, how they interact, and their effects on terrestrial systems. Additional topics include mankind's relationship with the sea; the resources we receive from it, the impacts we have on it, and how it infiltrates our culture. Demonstrations and hands-on activities will reinforce lecture content. Corequisite: MAT 0600 or higher; ENG 1510. Master Course Syllabus

  • GLG 7502 Astronomical Geology

    Students will be introduced to the geological impacts of astronomical objects and the general principles relating to the earth and its place in the universe. Interactions between the earth, sun, and moon will be explored. Asteroids, meteors, and comets, the risk of earth impacts, warning systems and mitigation efforts, and the devastating potential consequences to our planet will be described. Eligibility: ENG 1530; reading score of 80+. Master Course Syllabus