Courses for Non-Majors and General Education

Geology minors typically take the following courses:

  • geology students fieldworkone course in Introductory Geology (GLY 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, or 1105)
  • Evolution of the Earth (GLY 2250)

with 6 semester hours at or above the 2000 level (excluding GLY 3520), and 3 semester hours at any level. A minimum of 9 hours must be 'in residence," i.e. courses taken through ASU (can include study abroad, ASU online courses, etc.). Courses typically open to minors include:

  • Dinosaurs then and now (GLY 1842)
  • The History of Coal from the Pennsylvanian to the Present (GLY 2301)
  • Geomorphology (GLY 3333)
  • Geoarchaeology (GLY 3680)
  • Issues in Environmental Geology (GLY 3703)
  • Introduction to Geophysics (GLY/PHY 3160)
  • Principles of Paleontology (GLY 3025)
  • Environmental Management and Impact Analysis (GLY/ENV 4110)
  • Environmental Regulation and Enforcement (GLY/ENV 3110)
  • Hydrogeology (GLY 4630)
  • Engineering Geology (GLY 4705)

Introductory Course Offerings

The Geology Department has a number of courses within the General Education Program's Science Inquiry Themes and Integrated Learning Experience Themes:

Restless Planet: Earth, Environment, and Evolution (Science Inquiry)

Introduction to Physical Geology (GLY-1101) - Introduction to the composition, origin, and modification of Earth materials through the study of the Earth's interacting dynamic systems; study and application of the scientific method with reference to the principles of geology as demonstrated through use of case histories and laboratory material. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer; Global Learning Opportunity (GLO) course

Introduction to Historical Geology (GLY-1102) - A study of the historical and biological aspects of the science of geology – tectonic models for understanding earth structure and lithospheric history, the physical and paleontological bases for understanding geologic time and dating rocks, biological principles relating to the evolution of organisms revealed in the fossil record, facts and theories of biological evolution, a survey of the evolution of organisms through time, the geologic history of North America, and discussion of the scientific aspects of the scientific-religious controversy of evolution vs. creationism. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Offered Fall, Spring

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Environmental Change, Hazards, and Resources (GLY-1103) - A survey of the chemical and physical processes that change the Earth's crust and surface creating geologic hazards and environmental problems for people; human perturbations of the environment that directly and indirectly affect geological change and human life, such as mining, waste disposal, and agricultural practices; and the principles of origin, distribution, availability, environmental Geology consequences of use, and exploration of the Earth's mineral and water resources. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer

Global Environmental Change (Science Inquiry)

Water: Mountains to Sea (GLY-1104) - A study of the interaction between terrestrial water and geological phenomena. The course applies the scientific method to the study of the continental components of the hydrologic cycle. It also focuses on the interaction of water with the rock and plate tectonic cycles. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Offered Fall and Summer; Global Learning Opportunity (GLO) course

Life, Earth, and Evolution (Science Inquiry)

Introduction to Historical Geology (GLY-1102) - A study of the historical and biological aspects of the science of geology – tectonic models for understanding earth structure and lithospheric history, the physical and paleontological bases for understanding geologic time and dating rocks, biological principles relating to the evolution of organisms revealed in the fossil record, facts and theories of biological evolution, a survey of the evolution of organisms through time, the geologic history of North America, and discussion of the scientific aspects of the scientific-religious controversy of evolution vs. creationism. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Offered Fall, Spring

The Blue Planet (Science Inquiry)

Water: Mountains to Sea (GLY-1104) - A study of the interaction between terrestrial water and geological phenomena. The course applies the scientific method to the study of the continental components of the hydrologic cycle. It also focuses on the interaction of water with the rock and plate tectonic cycles. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Offered Fall and Summer; Global Learning Opportunity (GLO) course

Oceanography (GLY-1105) - A study of physical, chemical, biological, and geological oceanography and their interrelationships. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Offered Spring and Summer

Appalachian Mountains: Community, Culture, and Land (Integrated Learning Experience)

The History of Coal from the Pennsylvanian to the Present (GLY/AS-2301) - Coal has played a critical role in the history of the southern Appalachians. The geologic processes that formed coal and shaped the landscape into the steep ridges and hollows of the Appalachian coalfields have directly affected the human history of the region - from hunting in pre-colonial times, to settlement and subsistence farming in the 1800s, to mining and unionization in the 1900s, to mountaintop removal and natural gas/coalbed methane extraction in the last decade. This course covers the physical and chemical processes that form coal as well as the tectonic and geomorphologic processes that formed the landscape of the coalfields and shaped the agricultural practices of the early settlers. It examines the cultural history of coal mining and life in the company-owned coal camps and the political history of unionization through literature and film. The economics and environmental consequences of coal-fired power plants are discussed, and the environmental and occupational hazards associated with both underground and surface coal mining are analyzed from both a scientific and a sociological perspective. No prerequisites. Offered Spring, cross listed with Appalachian Studies AS 2301.

How We Know What We Know About the Past: Method, Evidence, Knowledge (Integrated Learning Experience)

Dinosaurs: Then and Now (GLY 1842) - Perhaps no fossil animals are more familiar than the so-called "terrible lizards," the dinosaurs. Paleontology is, by definition, a blend of geology and biology, and this course will examine dinosaurs through both disciplinary lenses, as well as considering the history of dinosaur science and the prevalence of dinosaurs in popular culture. This class will survey all aspects of dinosaur paleontology, considering them as fossil organisms and examining their geological, temporal, and current and paleogeographic distribution. Offered Fall