Geosciences Core Courses

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Welcome to our brief online tour of Geology core-science courses— GEOL 1100 Dynamic Earth and

GEOL 1110 Earth and Life through Time

Geology, Geoscience, Earth Science… ….no matter what you call it, it’s a great way to satisfy your core science requirement!

register first for

GEOL 1100 Dynamic Earth and then

GEOL 1110 Earth and Life through Time

Both feature: ● Friendly, approachable, and lucid instructors ● Dynamic lectures that relate the subject matter to our everyday lives ● Hands-on laboratory exercises that parallel lecture topics

GEOL 1100 Dynamic Earth focuses on Earth materials and resources and the internal and surficial processes that shape the world in which we live

● Structure of the Earth ● Minerals and rocks and their economic importance ● Weather and soils ● Water resources ● Plate tectonics ● Earthquakes, volcanism, landslides, and other hazards ● Impacts of water, wind, ice, and ocean processes on humans and our world

GEOL 1110 Earth and Life through Time focuses on the history of Earth—it’s interior, surface, oceans, climate and biosphere—and implications for future change with a focus on North America ● Geologic time ● Building and destruction of supercontinents and other tectonic events ● Changes in geography, sea level, climate, and environments ● Ice ages and their causes ● Nature and importance of the fossil record ● Evolution of invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants ● Character and causes of mass extinction events ● Economic implications of Earth’s historical events

For more information, contact: Department of Geosciences, 210 Petrie Hall, 844-4282

What does Geology have to do with your kitchen countertops and many other everyday products?

Why and where do earthquakes and other geohazards (e.g., tsunamis) occur and how do they impact us?

What role does Geology play in quantity and quality of water groundwater and other natural resources?

Get the answers to these and many other questions in GEOL 1100 Dynamic Earth

What does this ancient iron-rich rock tell us about the history of the oceans and early life? Why are these rocks so important for the steel industry? What led to the demise of the dinosaurs? What impact did this mass extinction have on the later success of mammals? In what ways are fossils used to assess ancient environments and climates?

What caused the Pleistocene Ice Ages and earlier glaciation episodes? What impact will natural processes and human influence have on future climates?

Get the answers to these and many other questions in GEOL 1110 Earth and Life through Time

What do students say about Dynamic Earth and Earth and Life through Time? “For Liberal Arts majors who are more comfortable with terms and definitions over numbers, Geology is the best core science option. Easier to understand and staffed with interesting and knowledgeable professors, it’s the best route to take.” -Rachel Vaughan, History major. “I found the Geology core sequence to be quite interesting. In fact, taking the first course convinced me to switch to Geology as a major. I feel prepared going forward to upper-level classes.” -Grant Copeland, new Geology major.

“I highly recommend taking the Geology sequence to complete your core science requirement. I originally signed up for the class because I didn’t want to take Biology or Chemistry, but I ended up learning so much about the Earth and life as we know it. I have gained so much knowledge about the planet that we live on and the processes that made the world like it does today.” -Andrew Helvig, Finance major. “These two courses are awesome. They are both entertaining and, if you attend class, the tests are easy. Taking these courses really had me considering changing my major to Geology.” -Kendrick Willis, Business major. “I really enjoyed taking Geology my first year. The classes were not too difficult, and I learned a lot about the Earth around me. I highly recommend taking Geology to satisfy your core science requirement.” -Ryan Lavoie, Pre-Business major. “I’m a freshman at Auburn majoring in Elementary Education. I would strongly recommend the Geology sequence for their core science. Not only is the course content interesting, but the professors really care.” -Cassie Savrda, Pre-Elementary Education major.

“Geology is a fun course to take whether you are majoring in Geology or not. Instead about hearing about the same things I heard in high school science classes, I got to learn something about a new subject.” -Addison McBryar, Media Studies major.

“When I first chose Geology, I expected it to be a boring class about rocks. After two semesters of Geology, I have gained a much deeper understanding about the history of Earth, geological processes, and life. The professors genuinely care about the students and make the courses interesting and fun to go to.” -Jeffrey Pareja, Biomedical Sciences major. “If learning about the Universe and the Earth that we live on intrigues you, then I would highly recommend taking the Geology sequence here at Auburn University. Since Earth is the only place we have to live, it is important to know about. For me, learning about the different aspects of the Earth has truly been an exciting experience and I am sure it will be for you as well.” -William Sanders, Software Engineering major.

“Dynamic Earth and Earth and Life Through Time were two great courses, and opened a new window of interest for me. I loved learning about Geology because it was new knowledge and it really makes me look at the Earth in a different way. I was always excited to share what I learned in these two courses. I’m not going to be a geologist, but I love having this useful information about the Earth to be able to enlighten others!” -Preston Smith, Pre-Business major. “I chose the Geology sequence at first because Concepts of Science was filled and I really wanted to have my science core requirements completed by sophomore year. For me, it was a great decision; I find all the classes very interesting, and what I have learned applies to my other classes. Geology was also a course I had never taken before and so it was very interesting to learn about a different area of science I had not previously been exposed to. I would recommend taking the Geology sequence for the core science.” -Madeline MacLean, Pre-Business major.