This course focuses on the Earth's composition, features, and processes, including volcanoes, earthquakes, minerals, rocks, glaciers, caves, landslides, rivers, mountain building, and plate tectonics. Two field trips to study local geology are incorporated into lab each semester. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS)
Historical Geology is the study of the history of Earth and life through time. It addresses the Earth's origin, evolution, changes in the distribution of lands and seas, growth and destruction of mountains, succession of animals and plants through time, and the developmental history of the solar system. Three class hours, three laboratory hours, field trips.(SUNY-NS)
Prerequisite: GEO 101 or 131 or permission of instructor.
This course investigates Earth mysteries to gain an understanding of the differences between science and pseudoscience. The student will learn and use critical thinking skills, logic, and the scientific method of inquiry to better understand allegedly unexplainable phenomena. This course will investigate topics related to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, extinction events, early engineering structures, plate tectonics, climate concerns, legendary creatures and enigmatic landforms. Three class hours.
An introduction to general astronomy. Topics include: solar system, stellar energy, stellar evolution, galaxies, the universe and constellation identification. Three class hours. NOTE: Students who successfully complete GEO 105 may, with addition of GEO 115, complete the requirement of SUNY Natural Science General Education. GEO 115 may be taken concurrently or in a later semester, but the student will not have satisfied the SUNY requirement until both GEO 115 and GEO 105 are successfully completed. (SUNY-NS)
An introduction to the destructive power of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanos, hurricanes, tornadoes and related phenomena. The origin and occurrence of such hazards will be examined. Recent disasters as well as catastrophic events in the Earth's past will be utilized as case studies. Methods of prediction and strategies for minimizing loss of life and property will be emphasized. Three class hours.
This course explores the hands-on, practical applications of basic knowledge gained in the companion course, GE0 105. Exercises involve use of telescopes, observation of stars and constellations, stellar spectra, Hubble red-shift, astrophotography, and computer based exercises. Three laboratory hours. NOTE: This course only meets SUNY General Education Natural Science requirements when both GEO 105 and GEO 115 are successfully completed. (SUNY-NS)
This course is designed to address specific topics of interest in the geosciences. Examples of potential course offerings could include volcanology, mineralogy, climate change, or the study of a particular geographic region. Topics may change from semester to semester based on faculty and student interest. Primarily lecture format, but field experiences may be included.
A course of study designed for non-science majors to acquaint the student with the wonders and complex workings of our planet. This course will guide the student to an understanding of the infinitely varied landscapes of Earth and the powerful geologic forces of modification at work, leading to a true appreciation of our changing Earth. Three class hours.
Covers the parade of life on earth from the oldest remains, nearly 3.5 billion years ago, to the emergence of the human species during the Ice Age. The origin of life will be briefly discussed. Emphasis on the evolution of vertebrates, especially dinosaurs. Three class hours.
This lecture and laboratory course explores the geological processes and earth history responsible for the development of the iconic landscapes found within the National Parks System, including Arches, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Great Smokies, Mammoth Cave, Shenandoah, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion National Parks, and others. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS)
Prerequisite: GEO 101 or GEO 131 or permission of instructor.
A detailed study of the various invertebrate groups important as fossils with emphasis on their major characteristics and evolutionary trends. Insight will be gained into how fossils are indispensable as indicators of geologic time and past environments. Fall semester only. Three class hours, three laboratory hours, field trips.
Prerequisites: GEO 101 and 102 or permission of instructor.
A study of the genesis of land forms, resulting from the action of running water, glaciers, waves, wind, ground water, and other gradational agents. The approach is analytical in terms of structure, process, and stage. Alternate Spring semester only. Three class hours, three laboratory hours.
Prerequisite: GEO 101 or permission of instructor.
A study of the formation, occurrence and association of minerals with an emphasis on mineral identification through the study of their chemical, physical and crystallographic properties. Spring semester only. Three class hours, three laboratory hours.
Prerequisites: GEO 101 and CHE 100 or permission of the instructor.
This lecture and laboratory course will center around an in-depth discussion about the environment as related to resources, wastes, pollution, and geologic hazards. The consequences of use and misuse of our geologic environment will be stressed and explored in more depth in weekly laboratories. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (SUNY-NS).
The geological history of the state will be studied chronologically from the Precambrian Eon to the Pleistocene Epoch. The geology of Monroe County and the Genesee River region will be stressed. Three class hours, three lab hours. (SUNY-NS).
Prerequisite(s): One semester of physical geography OR any geology course is recommended except GEO 103 or GEO 105.
This course is designed for students who wish to study a specific geologic or geographic topic or locality in a focused, hands-on, field setting. A significant portion of the course work is completed in the field at a local or distant location depending upon the title and focus of the course for a given semester. Students will make field observations, create sketches, record data, and construct a field notebook detailing all aspects of their field experience. The course title will have a sub-title attached to it for any given semester identifying the field setting for that semester. Two examples include "Field Studies in the Geosciences/Volcanic Landscapes of the Western US" or "Field Studies in the Geosciences/Geologic History of the Pacific Northwest". Credit hours are variable depending upon the field experience offered. Additional fees for travel, lodging, food, and other field expenses may apply. (SUNY-NS)
Prerequisites: One Geology or Geography class preferred; permission of the instructor(s) required