Liberal Arts > Geology

General Information

  • Name: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Natural Disasters
  • Division: Liberal Arts
  • Discipline: Geology
  • Units (Credits): 3.00

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 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 2019