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Course Descriptions

GEO 220 - Geology of New York State

4 Credits

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.

Prerequisite(s): One semester of physical geography OR any geology course is recommended except GEO 103 or GEO 105.

New SUNY General Education:
SUNY - Natural Sciences (and Scientific Reasoning)

MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-SCI - Scientific Reasoning (MSCI)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Summarize the tectonic history of the East Coast of North America.
2. Describe the orogenic (mountain building) process.
3. Identify the physiographic provinces of New York State.
4. Interpret changes in depositional/tectonic history of New York State using age-determination techniques.
5. Identify rocks, fossils, or rock structures commonly found in New York State.
6. Use congruent rock facies and structures to construct a stratigraphic map.
7. Compare glacial landforms to glacier-related processes.
8. Explain how past continental ice-sheets have modified the modern-day landscape.

Course Offered Spring

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Fall Semester 2023
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