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Spring 2011
Apr 17,2014
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GEOL 100 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: GEOLOGY
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Environmental Science Department

GEOL 101 - INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGY
This course provides an introduction to the geological sciences, including an historical background. The course begins with the underlying geologic principles and the exploration of Plate Tectonics, which is used as a framework for the rest of the course. Subsequent topics include: the formation of the major rock-forming minerals, and common igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; the major geophysical processes and the formation of resultant features (volcanoes, earthquakes, mountain belts, ocean basins, and structural geologic features); and the physical and biological history of the planet. GEOL 101 can be used to fulfill requirements for Environmental Studies majors and the General Education 100-level science requirement for non-science majors. Environmental Science and Integrated Science Studies majors must take GEOL 105 Fundamentals of Geology (lec/lab) instead (which is also recommended for those seeking teacher certification in earth science).
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Science Department

Course Attributes:
GE-SCIENCE W EXPERIENTIAL

GEOL 105 - FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOLOGY: LEC/LAB
This course will provide an introduction to the geological sciences. The course begins with the underlying geologic principles and the exploration of Plate Tectonics. Subsequent topics include: the formation of the major rock-forming minerals, and common igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; the major geophysical processes and the formation of resultant features (volcanoes, earthquakes, mountain belts, ocean basins, and structural geologic features); the major surface processes (weathering, erosion, water, ice, and wind); the structure and processes operating in the oceans and atmosphere; and the physical and biological history of the planet. This information will be presented in a plate tectonic framework. GEOL 105 is required for the Environmental Science and Integrated Science Studies majors, the Environmental Science minor, and can be used to fulfill requirements for the Environmental Studies major and minor as well as the 100-level introductory science category of General Education. It is the recommended foundation course for Earth Science teacher certification.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Lecture
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Geology Department

Course Attributes:
GE-SCIENCE W EXPERIENTIAL, WRITING INTENSIVE

GEOL 198 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Geology Department

GEOL 199 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Geology Department

GEOL 200 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: GEOLOGY
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Environmental Studies Department

GEOL 201 - DINOSAURS
This is an interdisciplinary course in which students will investigate dinosaurs in their geologic and ecological contexts. Students will begin with an introduction to aspects of geology required for dinosaur studies: geologic time, plate tectonics (including the historical development of this unifying theory), and sedimentary rocks and their depositional environments, culminating in an overview of Mesozoic climate. Taphonomy--the study of the post-mortem history of an organism--will also be introduced. Following this will be an examination of evolutionary theory (including its historical development), which will tie back to geologic time, in order to understand how dinosaurs change through time. Students will also gain an overview of cladistics or phylogenetic systematics, the study of classifying organisms and determining their relationships to each other. After a brief overview of the history of vertebrate life in pre-dinosaurian times, the bulk of the course will be devoted to the study of dinosaurs (including birds): their anatomy, relationships, and geographic distribution in a plate tectonic framework. These dinosaurian studies will be presented in a temporal order, from oldest to youngest, and classic faunas will be examined. Finally, we will examine aspects of dinosaur biology (including evidence of warm-bloodedness, feathers, and social behavior), the causes of the extinction of the non-avian lineages at the end of the Cretaceous, and an overview of the perception of dinosaurs in the media since the mid-1800's.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Environmental Studies Department

Course Attributes:
GE TOPICS SCIENCE

GEOL 298 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Geology Department

GEOL 299 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Geology Department

GEOL 300 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: GEOLOGY
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Environmental Science Department

GEOL 326 - PALEONTOLOGY, PALEOECOLOGY AND PALEOENVIRONMENTS
This is an interdisciplinary course in which students use paleontology and sedimentology to interpret ancient environments and the ecosystems they supported. Students begin with a brief review of aspects of geology required for paleontological studies: geologic time, plate tectonics, and sedimentary rocks and their depositional environments. There is also a review of evolutionary theory and ecological and paleonecological principles. Following this, the course is split into two sections. First, there is an overview of the major depositional environments, the typcial fossil organisms that are found preserved in them, the process of fossilization, and how the ecosystems of partricular environments have changed through time. This is followed by a survey of the history of life, with case studies in which we examine several important fossiliferous units in both marine and terrestrial settings, and use paleontological (biological) and sedimentological (geological) data to reconstruct the paleoecology and ancient physical environment. Lab sessions include fossil identification and analysis and several field visits to sites in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. This course fulfills the upper-level Geology requirement for the Environmental Science major. It may also be used as an elective in the Biology and Environmental Studies majors and Environmental Science minor. It counts towards the Earth Science teaching certificate. It is a Writing Intensive course, and has a lab. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Lecture

Environmental Science Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

GEOL 327 - GEOLOGY OF NEW JERSEY
This field course explores New Jersey's 1.5 billion year geologic history through analysis and interpretation of clues left in the rocks. We will examine each of the four provinces of the state, from the bedrock to the surface, focusing on the geologic history of the state and its geologic resources; we will also look at environmental geology issues such as water resources, land use, and waste management. This course includes four full-day field trips and seminars before each trip (and a wrap-up session at the end). All trips are mandatory. This course fulfills the Field Studies requirement for the Environmental Studies major and can be used as an elective in the Environmental Science major and minor, Environmental Studies major, and for Earth Science Teacher Certification.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Lecture

Geology Department

GEOL 333 - ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
This course studies the interactions between geology and the surface and near-surface environment. The first part of the course examines geologic resources such as water, soils, minerals, and energy; this section includes examination of extraction (including resource limits, alternative resources, and pollution). The second part of the course concerns geological hazards, both generated in the earth’s interior (earthquakes and volcanoes) and those acting on the Earth’s surface (mass movement, flooding, and coastal hazards), and the role of humans in both increasing their occurrence and damages and how to attempt mitigation. The third part of the course examines the interplay between humans and the surface environment, in particular climate and hydrology. Finally, the course addresses some applications of environmental geology in society, including land use planning, waste disposal, and environmental laws and regulations. GEOL 333 fulfills the upper-level Geology requirement for the Environmental Science major, is an elective for the $Environmental Science and Environmental Studies minors, is required for the Physical Science tract in the Integrated Science Studies major, and fulfills the “Earth and Resources” component of the Environmental Studies major. It also counts toward the Earth Science teacher certification. This course is Writing Intensive, and has a lab.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Lecture

Geology Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

GEOL 398 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Geology Department

GEOL 399 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Geology Department

GEOL 400 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: GEOLOGY
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Geology Department

GEOL 498 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Geology Department

GEOL 499 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Geology Department


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