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Listed below are courses with no pre-requisites:

GEOL 101 The Way The Earth Works
Introduction to the principles of earth science. Study of the formation, occurrence, and structure of minerals and rocks; action of streams, oceans, glaciers, and other agents in the formation and modification of the landscape; volcanism, earthquakes, and plate tectonics. Discussion of earth processes in the context of sustainable energy, environmental concerns, climate and other topical issues. This course with GEOL 103 satisfies the College laboratory science requirement. Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 103 is recommended for students taking both. Course may be offered in lecture or online format. LEC.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Roberts, Jennifer
Tenpenny, Tyrell
Marshall, Craig
Yoerg, Adam
Colgin, James
Hendricks, Stacy
TR 01:00-02:15 PM LEEP2 2415 - LAWRENCE
3 51892
GEOL 102 The Way The Earth Works, Honors
Honors section of GEOL 101. An introduction to the principles of earth science. Study of the formation, occurrence, and structure of minerals and rocks; action of streams, oceans, glaciers, and other agents in the formation and modification of the landscape; mountain building, volcanism, earthquakes, and plate tectonics. Discussion of earth processes in the context of sustainable energy, environmental concerns, climate and other topical issues. Not open to students who have taken GEOL 101. This course with GEOL 103 satisfies the College laboratory science requirement. Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 103 is recommended for students taking both. Course may be offered in lecture or online format. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

GEOL 103 Geology Fundamentals Laboratory
A course in geologic laboratory studies. This course plus GEOL 101, GEOL 102, GEOL 105, GEOL 106, or GEOL 121 satisfies the College laboratory science requirement. Gives students practical, hands-on experience with identifying earth materials (rocks, minerals, fossils), understanding their relationships to earth processes, understanding topographic and geologic maps, interpreting results of surficial processes, and learning about deep-earth processes such as earthquakes. Includes short field trips to see geologic structures and results of local geologic processes. This lab course may be offered in on-campus lab or online format. Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in GEOL 101, GEOL 102, GEOL 105, GEOL 106 or GEOL 121. LAB.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Roberts, Jennifer
Salley, Kaitlin
TR 11:00-12:50 PM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 68570
LAB Roberts, Jennifer
Smith, Matthew
TR 09:00-10:50 AM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 51896
LAB Roberts, Jennifer
Smith, Matthew
MW 10:00-11:50 AM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 51895
LAB Roberts, Jennifer
Barry, Emily
MW 11:00-12:50 PM LIN 309 - LAWRENCE
2 51894
LAB Roberts, Jennifer
Salley, Kaitlin
MW 12:00-01:50 PM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 51897
LAB Roberts, Jennifer
MW 08:00-09:50 AM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 68569
LAB Roberts, Jennifer
Lockamy, Dru
MW 01:00-02:50 PM LIN 309 - LAWRENCE
2 51899
LAB Roberts, Jennifer
Downen, Matthew
MW 02:00-03:50 PM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 62565
LAB Roberts, Jennifer
TR 03:00-04:50 PM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 62566
LAB Roberts, Jennifer
Barry, Emily
TR 02:30-04:20 PM LIN 309 - LAWRENCE
2 62567
LAB Roberts, Jennifer
Lockamy, Dru
TR 10:30-12:20 PM LIN 309 - LAWRENCE
2 68568
GEOL 105 History of the Earth
An introduction to the physical and biological history of the earth, the methods used to decipher earth history, and the development of the geological sciences. This course with GEOL 103 satisfies the College laboratory science requirement. Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 103 is recommended for students taking both. Not open to students who have taken GEOL 106 or GEOL 304. LEC.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Golab, James
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 69601
GEOL 106 History of the Earth Honors
Honors section of GEOL 105. An introduction to the physical and biological history of the earth, the methods used to decipher earth history, and the development of the geological sciences. This course with GEOL 103 satisfies the College laboratory science requirement. Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 103 is recommended for students taking both. Not open to students who have taken GEOL 105 or GEOL 304. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

GEOL 121 Life Through Times: DNA to Dinosaurs
This course lead students on a journey through time to explore the interconnection between life and the geology of Earth, including our own complex relationship with the world around us. This course with GEOL 103 satisfies the College laboratory science requirement. Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 103 is recommended, but not required, for students taking both. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

GEOL 171 Earthquakes and Natural Disasters
Addresses the subject of natural disasters with concentration on earthquake effects and their mitigation. Briefly treats volcanic eruptions, tidal waves, floods, global warming, severe weather, and catastrophic meteorite impacts from the perspective of geological and human significance. Provides a basic background into earth-science processes. LEC.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Tsoflias, George
Hill, Mary
Graham, Maggie
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 69602
GEOL 177 First Year Seminar: _____
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, organized around current issues in geology. May not contribute to major requirements in geology. First year seminar topics are coordinated and approved through the Office of First Year Experiences. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

GEOL 315 Gemstones
The properties, occurrence, description, determination, and mineral affinities of gems, ornamental stones, and gem materials. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

GEOL 351 Environmental Geology
An introductory course dealing with the implications of geologic processes and materials for civilization. Topics to be considered include: geologic hazards such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanism; the availability of water, mineral, and energy resources; and the environmental impact of resource utilization. The importance of recognizing geologic constraints in land use planning and engineering projects is emphasized and illustrated by examples. LEC.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Zhang, Chi
W 01:00-03:50 PM JRP 247 - LAWRENCE
3 51903
LEC Zhang, Chi
W 01:00-03:50 PM REGN 251 - EDWARDS
3 57238

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