Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

GEOL 100: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Natural Disasters

General Information

  • Name: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Natural Disasters
  • Discipline: Geology (GEOL)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Investigates geology of the dynamic earth: natural hazards and catastrophes, and geology of natural resources. Includes four laboratory experiences.

II: Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the successful student will have:

  • Gained factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends) about Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Natural Disasters, and Geologic Resources.
  • Learned fundamental principles, generalizations or theories of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Natural Disasters, and Geologic Resources.
  • Learned to apply course material to improve thinking, problem solving and decisions in relation to Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Natural Disasters, and Geologic Resources.
  • Acquired an interest in learning more by asking questions and seeking answers about Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Natural Disasters, and Geologic Resources.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

General Education: The mission of general education at WNC is to provide students who complete degrees and certificates of achievement with critical life skills that will benefit them in their personal and professional endeavors. GEOL 100: EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANOES, AND NATURAL DISASTERS addresses the general education student learning outcome:

  • Understand the methods of science and the role of science and technology in the modern world.

Program- A.S. Geosciences: GEOL 100 is a program elective for the Associate of Science with Geoscience emphasis. The mission of the Associate of Science-Geoscience emphasis is to provide a strong foundation in earth and physical sciences, and prepare students for transfer into many disciplines, including geology, geography, environmental science, and science teaching. GEOL 100 addresses the program student learning outcome:

  • Have gained a basic understanding of physical processes operating on and within the Earth, including plate tectonics and formation of rocks and minerals.


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