Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies
GEOG W40 GIS and Urban Environments. The urban system is explored using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The focus includes a contemporary overview of urban geography and spatial analysis principles for urban environments. There is a lecture and lab component and NO prerequisite course is required. However, GEOG221/222 - Cartography and Geographic Information Systems are recommended. Intermediate computer skills are necessary. Labs include the following themes: GIS Introduction, population dynamics, urban expansion, squatter settlements, urban planning, neighborhood demographic changes, site location placement, geo-processing, location theory & quotients, urban sprawl, air pollution, & water resource demands. Evaluation is based on Graded lab exercises and a final exam. This course may fulfill an elective in the Geography major and Urban Studies minor. J. VanHorn. 8:30 to noon.
GEOL W11 Earth Science for Educators. (MAY) (4 semester hours). This course is designed for students in the education program. Students use earth science concepts in an inquiry-based approach to build a knowledge base that is appropriate to the school classroom. The course covers topics in earth sciences that are required as teaching objectives in National Science Education Standards and in the Benchmarks for Science Literacy. These include activities studying astronomy, plate tectonics, erosion and weathering, volcanology, meteorology, and how humans interact with earth systems. A perspective of respect for God’s creation and Christian stewardship of the creation is presented as the purpose for investigating and learning to understand the concepts presented in earth science. Field trips will include Butte, Yellowstone National Park, and Craters of the Moon National Monument. Evaluation is based on graded lab/field work exercises, quizzes, journals and a final exam. NOTE: This 2-week Interim course begins immediately after spring semester exams. Course dates: May 21 - June 3. Fee $1100. K. Bergwerff. Off campus.
GEOL W41 Geology of National Parks. This course explores 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, video/DVD, textbook readings, laboratory exercises and a final paper. Evaluation is based on laboratory exercises, short-answer tests and a final paper. This course may fulfill an elective in the Geology major. R. Spoelhof. 2:00 to 5:00.
GEOL W80 Geology Field Methods. (MAY) This May interim 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. A mapping projects will emphasize topographic maps, compass, and GPS applications. After a review of the stratigraphy, the mapping project focuses on structure and rock deformation. Most of the class will be held in the field with daily trips to the nearby 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 fullfill an elecitve in the Geology major, Environmental Geology major, Earth/Space Science major for Secondary Education, and Environmental Science major-Geology Emphasis. Prerequisites: Geology 151 or 120 plus two additional courses in the major. NOTE: dates for this Interim course are two weeks immediately following Spring commencement (May 25 - June 8). Fee $1100. G. Van Kooten. Off campus.
GEOL 151 Big Sky Geology: Montana Field Experience (MAY) (field version of on-campus Geol 151) (4 semester hours). This course in Physical Geology is based in SW Montana, a location with superb geologic exposures within reasonable driving distances. This course fulfills the Physical World core 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. Topics include rocks and minerals, volcanoes, weathering, rivers and streams, geologic time, plate tectonics, natural resources and geologic hazards. Afternoon field activities are an important part of each day and field work complements morning lecture and lab activities. Included among the many visited localities are Butte, Yellowstone National Park and Craters of the Moon National Monument. As a graded course, quizzes and exams will cover lecture, lab and text. Students will be required to complete lab assignments and maintain a written field log. NOTE: This 2-week Interim course begins immediately after spring semester exams. Course dates: May 21 - June 3. Fee $1100. R. Stearley, G. Van Kooten. Off campus.
IDIS W41 Dutch Landscapes. H. Aay, R. Hoeksema.