List of Courses

GEO 105 Oceanography (3 credits)

Introductory survey of oceanography relating the physical, chemical, geological, biological, meteorological, and engineering aspects of the field. This course satisfies the science elective requirement of the Math-Science curriculum and also satisfies the science requirement of those curricula which require science. Three class hours or equivalent per week. No prerequisite.

GEO 105L Oceanography Laboratory (1 credits)

Includes investigation of ocean waters in terms of physical and chemical properties, and the interactions of the water on air, sediments, coastal areas, and life forms. This course is intended for those who wish to deepen their understanding of oceanography and/or have a laboratory science requirement to satisfy. One three-hour session per week.

GEO 106 Environmental Geology (3 credits)

An introduction to the principles of applied geological science related to solving environmental problems. As such the course provides an introduction into scientific studies of human interaction with the geologic environment, including the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Topics of study will include human population dynamics, soil generation and erosion, energy and mineral resources and management, waste management and disposal, water resources and water rights, water and air pollution, climate change, and related geologic principles that interact with these environmental problems. This course, along with its optional laboratory course GEO 106L, satisfies the requirements of those curricula demanding a science or laboratory science course. Only GEO 106L may be used with this course to represent a single laboratory science course. GEO 106 consists of three one-hour lectures or equivalent. Prerequisite: MAT 087 or higher.

GEO 106L Environmental Geology Lab (1 credits)

This is a laboratory component to the Environmental Geology lecture (GEO 106). The laboratory provides practical hands-on experience for applied geological problems. Topics of study will involve waste management and methods of waste disposal including: sewage treatment, landfilling, recycling, waste minimization, and incineration. In addition, surface water and ground water hydrogeology will be investigated, especially in terms of groundwater resources. Basic mapping skills will also be investigated. Lastly, laboratory identification of rocks and minerals will be included in laboratories, while considering the economic uses and availability of these rocks & minerals. This course is intended for those who wish a deeper understanding of environmental geology and/or have a laboratory science requirement to satisfy. The class will consist of one three-hour session per week. Prerequisite: MAT 087 or higher; co-requisite GEO 106.

GEO 107 Violent Earth: Natural Hazards and Disasters (3 credits)

In this course, students will investigate the earth processes that have a direct, often sudden and violent, impact on human society. Tornadoes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts, and volcanic eruptions are naturally occurring events that often have major impacts on humans. Students will explore the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere in their study of extreme events. Each disaster will be presented first as a hazard, then as a case study where students will investigate the human response to each extreme event and discuss prediction, risk analysis, and policy implications related to disaster preparedness, mitigation, and prevention measures. At the end of the course, students will understand the earth processes that drive hazardous events, illustrate how these processes interact with our civilization, and describe how we can better adjust to their often devastating effects. Satisfies the science elective requirement of the Math/Science curriculum and also satisfies the science requirement for those curricula that require science. GEO 107 consists of three one-hour lectures per week or equivalent.

GEO 151 Physical Geology (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the science of geology. This course considers the various rock and mineral types and their chemistry, the structures and deformation of the Earth's crust due to plate tectonics and related phenomena like earthquakes and volcanism. It also deals with the actions of the wind, running water, ground water, and glacial ice in shaping the surface of the Earth. Topics covered include aspects of geochemistry, geophysics, geomorphology, geochronology, stratigraphy, and hydrology. This course along with its optional laboratory course GEO 151L satisfies the sequential laboratory science requirement for the Math-Science curriculum. GEO 151 consists of three one-hour lectures or equivalent. Prerequisite MAT 087 or higher.

GEO 151L Physical Geology Lab (1 credits)

This is the laboratory component to the Physical Geology lecture (GEO 151). The laboratory provides practical hands-on experience in a variety of geologic disciplines including: collection and analysis of geologic data, identifying common rocks and minerals samples, examination and interpreting of aerial photos, satellite images, topographic and geologic maps, and the construct and analyze topographic profiles. Techniques used in relative and absolute age dating of geologic materials, evaluation of earthquake hazards and investigation of stream and groundwater environments will also be explored. This course is intended for those who wish a deeper understanding of the science of geology and/or have a laboratory science requirement to satisfy. One three hour session per week. Prerequisite/co-requisite: MAT 087 or higher; co-requisite: GEO 151.

GEO 152 Historical Geology (3 credits)

A detailed study of the physical, chemical, and biological evolution of Earth utilizing concepts and principles introduced in Physical Geology. Stratigraphic and tectonic principles are utilized in the interpretation of geologic history with emphasis on regional geologic history. Both lecture and laboratory will include fossil identification, geologic mapping, microscopic analysis of rocks and fossils, and fieldtrips using geologic field techniques. GEO 152 consists of three one-hour lectures or equivalent per week. Prerequisites: GEO 151 and GEO 151L.

GEO 152L Historical Geology Laboratory (1 credits)

This laboratory component to Historical Geology Lecture (GEO 152) provides hands on application to theories and concepts discussed in the lecture component. Student will revisit the most common rock forming minerals and rocks while learning how to interpret geologic maps. A main theme of this laboratory is identifying fossils and their paleoecology. Students will learn field techniques such as measuring stratigraphic columns, using a brunton compass, and determining the speed of dinosaurs based from trackways. Multiple fieldtrips during lab will provide ample application of field techniques and environmental interpretation. Common fossils found in New York state will be emphasized, but students will also have an overview of Earth's total 4.56 billion year history of evolution. This laboratory is designed to provide a student the opportunity to use geologic and evolutionary principles. One three hour session per week. GEO 152 must be taken previously or concurrently with GEO 152L. Prerequisite: GEO 151, GEO 151L.

GEO 205 Hydrology (4 credits)

This course introduces students to fundamental concepts and methods of analysis pertaining to the flow of surface/groundwater, water resources, water quality and contamination. Laboratory and classroom experience will include: the physics of water; descriptions and mathematics of water's movement in the surface water, vadose and groundwater settings; basic elements of soil mechanics and soil description; exploratory drilling and well installation; conducting and analyzing a pump test; surface water flow analysis and measurement; and analysis techniques of water chemistry. Several laboratories involve field work in and around the Onondaga campus measuring stream flow, installing and developing wells, testing wells, and collecting water samples. This course prepares students for the environmental field (governmental and consulting) and graduate programs in the environmental and hydrologic sciences. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MAT 143 or 151.

GEO 290 Geology and Marine Ecology of the Bahamas (3 credits)

A semester-long class that includes a 9-day fieldtrip to San Salvador, Bahamas, where students conduct field research and write a research report. Class introduces students to the geology, marine biology, and tropical ecology of San Salvador, Bahamas. Environments, present and past, to be studied by both snorkeling and hiking include: beach, intertidal, coral reef, eolian, and platform interior. Studies include lectures, exercise, and quizzes at OCC and at the Gerace Research Center on San Salvador, Bahamas. Students will conduct field research on a geological, biological, or ecological question with other students, keep a field notebook, and write a research paper when they return to OCC. Prerequisites: Program is open to undergraduate students who have had a college level science course with a laboratory and have permission of the professor. There is an additional course fee that pays for student travel, books, and room and board while in San Salvador, Bahamas.