Classes appropriate for First-Year Students, Winter 2018
Winter 2018 W&L GEOLOGY Course offerings for FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
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SPECIAL TOPICS: ARE WE ALONE?
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EARTH MATERIALS I: ROCKS AND MINERALS
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GEOLOGY 101 (4cr.) (SL): General Geology
The study of our physical environment and the processes shaping it. The materials and structure of the Earth's crust, the origin of the landforms, the concept of geologic time, and the nature of the Earth's interior are considered. Laboratory course. Lab fee required.
GEOLOGY 150 (3cr.) (SC): Water Resources
An examination of the quality and quantity of water resources as a limiting factor for life on earth. Issues include resource depletion, pollution, historical use and over-use, remediation, habitat maintenance, and water supply mechanisms. Resource constraints are analyzed from a scientific perspective in order to understand water resource problems and envision solutions.
GEOLOGY 197A (3cr.) (SC): Special Topics: Are We Alone?
Despite estimates that there are billions of stars in the Universe (likely trillions of billions), Earth remains the only planetary body that we know has life (so far). This apparent paradox led the physicist Enrico Fermi to wonder: "where is everybody?" In this course, we explore modern thinking about the potential for extraterrestrial life, with particular focus on the concept of planetary habitability. What are the essential ingredients for the evolution of life like we know it? Our investigation focuses on relevant aspects of the planet we know best, Earth, including its formation, composition, climate, and tectonics. We also discuss the origin, history, and potential future of life on our planet.
GEOLOGY 205 (3cr.): History and Evolution of the Earth
Prerequisite: GEOL 100, GEOL 101 or GEOL 105. An introductory examination of the origin and physical evolution of the Earth as inferred from the rock record. Areas of particular emphasis include: (1) the origin of the solar system and differentiation of the planets; (2) the evolution of the terrestrial atmosphere and hydrosphere; (3) explanations for the development of life; (4) organic evolution and interpretations of "mass extinctions;" (5) the changing configuration of continental blocks and ocean basins by continental drift, seafloor spreading, and plate tectonics; and (6) the growth of continental blocks and their mountain systems.
GEOLOGY 211 (4cr.): Earth Materials I: Rocks and Minerals
Prerequisite: GEOL 100, GEOL 101 or GEOL 105. A laboratory course introducing Earth materials, including minerals and rocks, with an emphasis on a hands-on approach to identifying and interpreting minerals and their associations in igneous and metamorphic rocks. Students learn the techniques and principles of hand sample identification, optical mineralogy and petrography, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy.
The Geology Dept. at Washington and Lee University is one of the top undergraduate geology departments in the country with first-rate professors, facilities and geologic location. Geology is a wonderful undergraduate course of study and a very satisfying career path. Go to http://www.wlu.edu/geology-department for more information.