Liberal Arts > Geology

General Information

  • Name: Introduction to Geology of National Parks
  • Division: Liberal Arts
  • Discipline: Geology
  • Units (Credits): 3.00

I. Catalog Course Description

Study of geologic processes through the lens of the national park system. Concepts of geologic time, plate tectonics, and the rock cycle will be explored by studying selected national parks and monuments that highlight some of the best geologic examples of the material presented.

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 geologic processes. (GE1)
  3. Apply classifications to categorize geologic features and phenomena relevant to the topics selected for this course. (GE 1)
  4. Perform at least 4 laboratory/field activities that demonstrate the ability to apply key geologic concepts and principles (GE1)

III. Topics

The following is a list of topics that must be covered in Geol 105:


  • Plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, geologic time, geology of selected national parks.


Additionally, instructors may choose to include other topics pertinent to the geology of National Parks.

Scheduled GEOL-105 classes:

Fall 2019

There are currently no GEOL-105 classes scheduled for this term.