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    Western Michigan University
  Feb 22, 2018
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-12 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GEOS 1300 - Physical Geology

This course introduces students to the principal geologic processes that shape the earth and methods by which these processes are studied with emphasis on the paradigm of plate tectonics. The interior of the earth is examined from the perspective of how we determine, without direct observation, the layering and composition within. Principles and techniques of physics and chemistry are applied to the study of the origin of minerals and rocks, and geologic structures. Geomorphic processes and natural disasters like earthquakes are examined with special consideration of their importance to engineering design and practice.

This course is especially designed for students interested in science and engineering and for those who expect to major in geosciences or geosciences education. Students who are interested in a beginning course in geology, but who do not plan to pursue a major in science or engineering are encouraged to enroll in GEOS 1000. Three lectures and a two-hour laboratory period per week.

Credits: 4 hours

Notes: This course satisfies General Education Area VI: Natural Science with Laboratory.
Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 2)
When Offered: Fall, Spring

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