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2016-2017 Catalog Year
GEOL-100: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Natural Disasters

General Information

  • Name: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Natural Disasters
  • Discipline: Geology
  • 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: geologic hazards and catastrophes, and geology of natural resources. Includes four laboratory experiences.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Use terminology specific to the geologic topics selected for the course. (GE 1)
  2. Use geologic concepts and principles to demonstrate a working knowledge of earth processes. (GE 1)
  3. Apply classifications to categorize geologic features and phenomena relevant to the topics selected for this course. (GE 1)
  4. Perform 4 laboratory activities that demonstrate the ability to apply concepts and principles in relation to geologic hazards and/or geologic resources. (GE1)

III. Topics

The following is a list of topics that must be covered in Geol 100:

  • Plate tectonics; Earthquakes; Volcanoes; Mass wasting
  • Additionally, instructors may choose to include any of the following topics:

  • Rocks and minerals; Flooding; Geologic resources (water, energy, rocks and minerals)
  • Scheduled GEOL-100 classes:

    Fall 2016