Description of Courses
GEO GEOLOGY (School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences)
101. Physical Geology - 3-2-4
Introductory study of the materials, structure and surface features of the earth; the processes responsible for their development; the physical and chemical processes that operate to modify them; the concept of geologic time; and the application of geologic knowledge to human environmental and resource problems. Lab including field trips to local geological sites and exercises in mapping, identification of rock types and soil analysis.
102. Historical Geology - 3-2-4
Introduction to earth history; the origins of earth, life on earth and subsequent abiotic and biotic evolution; the development of the sedimentary and stratigraphic record of earth's history, the geologic time-scale; the concept of continental drift and past climates; as well as the interrelationship between the chemical, biological and geological systems over time.
150. Geology of the Bahamas - 2-3-4
A field-oriented course to examine the biology and geology associated with modern and ancient reef environments and the natural history of their surrounding coastal areas. Investigation of the diverse carbonate sediment-producing modern environments typical of the Bahamas and exploration of a variety of shallow subtidal environments, coral reefs, lagoons, beaches, dunes and salt water lakes. Emphasis on human impacts on this fragile ecosystem and the role that reefs play in global systems change will also be explored. Open to all students. May be used as a general-education course. Enrollment in GEO 150 precludes future enrollment in GEO 350 when GEO 350 is held at the same site.
151. Geology of National Parks - 2-3-4
An introduction to the basic physical and historical geology of America's national parks. An appreciation and awareness of the natural world as represented in the national park system from the formation of the physical landscape to the geographic and historical settings of these areas. Open to all students. May be used as a general-education course. Enrollment in GEO 151 precludes future enrollment in GEO 350 when GEO 350 is held at the same site.
152. Geology of Iceland - 2-3-4
A field-oriented course that will expose Berry College students to geologic features that are unseen in Georgia and are only scarcely seen in other parts of the United States, including: geothermal springs, glaciers, extensional rift systems, dynamic fault zones, glacial/fluvial/lacustrine sequence stratigraphy, volcanoes (strato, cinder, and composite types), and volcanic features (pillow and pahoehoe lavas, pyroclastic debris). This course requires a week of intense in-class preparatory study that will be followed by a two-week guided field study of Iceland. Open to all students. May be used as a general-education course. Enrollment of GEO 152 precludes future enrollment in GEO 350 when GEO 350 is held at the same site.
320. Environmental Geology - 3-3-4
Introduction to the interrelationships between various elements of the earth's environment and human activity. Application of geological and geochemical concepts to the study of the earth's near-surface environment. Topics include water supply and pollution, geologic hazards, land-use planning, soil contamination, environmental management and global climate change-global warming and ozone depletion. Field trips and laboratories included. PR: GEO 101. CR: MAT 111 and CHM 108 or CI.
350. Advanced Topics in Geology - 1 to 4 hours
Advanced topics of interest in the earth sciences. These might include topics which focus on an interdisciplinary approach or which are not currently available in the departmental curriculum. Enrollment in GEO 350 precludes future enrollment in GEO 150 or 151 when GEO 150 or 151 is held at the same site. PR: GEO 101.
360. Geomorphology - 3-3-4
This course will focus on the erosional and depositional processes operating at the earth's surface and landforms resulting from these processes. Topics covered include weathering, slope and fluvial processes within drainage basins, and glacial environments. Two mandatory weekend field trips. PR: GEO 101.
420. Hydrology - 3-2-4
Emphasis on the major principles of surface and groundwater hydrology and their application to contemporary hydrologic problems. The study of the occurrence, movement and exploitation of water in geologic materials. Topics include a thorough exploration of the hydrologic cycle, river flow and flooding, groundwater chemistry, the relationship of geology to groundwater occurrence, basin-wide groundwater development and groundwater contamination. PR: GEO 101 and 320 or CHM 109 or CI.
482. Coastal Marine Geology - 2-2-3
(Summer course taught at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.) A study of inshore and nearshore geological processes, sedimentation patterns and landform development, providing basic and advanced information on the complex nature of the coastline and its structural features. Students will learn barrier island zonation, structure and formation in the classroom and through visits to barrier islands of the northern Gulf of Mexico. PR: Six hours of GEO.
496. Academic Internship - 3-6 hours variable
Problem-oriented experiences on specific academic projects relating to the individual student's program of study, planned in consultation with the student's advisor. Departmental approval required; no more than four credit hours may be applied to the geology minor as an elective. PR: See general provision for academic internships in this catalog.
498. Directed Study - 1 to 4 hours
Individual research or directed investigation of a geologic topic approved by the instructor.