Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2024  
Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog
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GEOL 101 - Physical Geology


A study of the physical aspects of the earth. Topics explored in this course include minerals, rocks, soils, structures, landforms, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, streams, erosion, and weathering. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 011 , MATH 050 . Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week; field trips.

4 semester hours

May not be taken concurrently with MATH 017  or MATH 020  or MATH 030  or MATH 045  without appropriate Math assessment score.

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Analyze, interpret, and use scientific data to evaluate geologic hypotheses.
  • Infer geologic processes from the identification of common minerals and rocks through the systematic observation and measurement of physical properties.
  • Compare and contrast rates of various processes operating on earth.
  • Evaluate the impact of geology and geologic resources on society using information from printed or electronic sources.
  • Predict the likelihood of geologic hazards in a region using geological and historical data.
  • Interpret the landforms and geologic evolution of a region using topographic and geologic maps.

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