Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies
W40 Hawaii: Volcanoes in the Sea. This course explores the natural and cultural history of Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, and Oahu, the four major islands of the Hawaiian archipelago. Hawaii contains the world's most active volcano and one of its most fragile ecosystems. The course focuses on the active and extinct volcanoes and other geologic features of the islands, but students will also investigate Hawaii's marine (reef) environment, the interactions among native and introduced species of birds, mammals, and plant life, and the human history of the islands. Instruction will take place on daily field trips to sites of geological, oceanographic, ecological, and cultural significance. Daily activities will include moderate to occasionally heavy (optional) hiking, and occasional snorkeling. Each student will do assigned readings prior to departure, will choose an aspect of the Hawaiian Islands on which to make a presentation, and will keep a detailed daily journal. This course may fulfill an elective requirement in the Geology major. No prerequisite. The dates for this course are January 3-24. Fee: $3,100. R. Stearley, G. Van Kooten. Off campus.
W41 Geology of the National Parks. This course will explore the landscapes and geology beneath the surface of almost all of the 53 U.S. National Parks. Students consider sets of parks grouped by geologic similarities: volcanoes, glaciers, canyons, and exotic terrains. For many parks, rock samples and maps are used to demonstrate how God built these wonders of nature. The course includes lectures, slide images, videos, textbook readings, laboratory exercises and a term paper. This course may fulfill an elective requirement in the Geology major. R. Spoelhof. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CANCELED W80 Geology Field Methods. (Interim in May) This course teaches basic field observation, identification, and mapping skills for advanced students in Geology programs. The course is held in southwestern Montana and takes advantage of superb exposures of many varieties of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. This area offers outstanding structural examples of normal and thrust faulting. The course examines a variety of active and inactive mines including extensive copper, gold, silver, and talc deposits, and the environmental impacts of some of these activities. Two mapping projects will emphasize topographic maps, compass, and GPS applications. One mapping project will focus on startigraphic discrimination and description. The second mapping project emphasizes structure and rock deformation. Most of the class will be held in the field with daily trips to the surrounding area. Longer excursions will visit volcanic exposures in Idaho and Wyoming, including Craters of the Moon National Monument and Yellowstone National Park. This course may fulfill an elective requirement in the Geology major, Environmental Geology major, Earth/Space Science major for Secondary Education, and Environmental Science major-Geology Emphasis. NOTE: dates for this Interim course are two weeks immediately following Spring commencement (May 19 - June 2, 2008) Fee $1,000. R. Stearley. Off campus.
151 Big Sky Geology: Montana Field Experience (field version of on-campus Geol 151). This Interim in May course in Introductory Geology is based in SW Montana, which offers superb geology within reasonable driving distances. This course fulfills the Physical Science core requirement and emphasizes outdoor, field-based investigation and learning. Students will be introduced to the breadth of geological study leading to responsible Christian appreciation and stewardship of the Earth, including rocks and minerals, landforms and surficial processes, geological hazards, and natural resources. Daily afternoon field activities will complement morning lecture and lab work. Included among the many localities we will visit are Yellowstone National Park and Craters of the Moon National Monument. As a graded course, quizzes and exams will cover lecture and text material. Students will be required to complete lab assignments, construct a written field log, and choose a special field project. NOTE: dates for this Interim course are two weeks immediately following Spring commencement (May 19 - June 2, 2008) Fee $1,000. R. Stearley, G. Van Kooten. Off campus.