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Teaching Certification: Students who are interested in pursuing K-12 certification to teach
science should seek admission to the Teacher Education Program. See the Education
department section for application and certification information (pages 109-111).

Minor: A minimum of seven course credits in Geology which include any 100-level geology
course (excluding GEO 130), 130, 212, 214, 217, and two electives which must be at or above the
200 level; at least one of these must be at or above the 300 level. Supporting coursework in

other sciences and mathematics is recommended.

101. Earth Science
Phenomena and processes within, upon, and above the earth. The exploration of a dynamic
planet with an immense history. Includes discussion of modern and ancient climate, geologic
time, and the processes shaping the planet today. Not open to students previously enrolled in

GEO 111 or GEO 114. Alternate years. (Science)

105. Marine Science
An introduction to the global marine environment, with emphasis on sea floor dynamics,
submarine topography and sediments, the nature and circulation of oceanic waters, coastal
processes, marine biologic productivity, coral reefs and pollution, and exploitation of the oceans
by humans. One field trip to the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago. (Science)

111. Physical Geology
The earth as a dynamic body whose materials and structures are continually being modified by
the interactions of the geological processes; considers interrelationships between geological
processes and human activity. Fieldtrips as weather permits. Not open to student previously

enrolled in GEO 101. (Laboratory Science)

114. Investigations in Iowa Geology
Earthquakes, volcanoes, oceans, meteorite impacts, glaciers… in Iowa? Geology may not be the
first thing you think of when you think about Iowa, but the geology of Iowa records valuable
information about the geological formation and evolution of the Earth. Geologists are not only
historians; however, but also detectives who use rocks, minerals, fossils, landforms, and Earth
processes to piece together the physical history of the Earth. Because geology is active, the
geology of Iowa is still changing today. This field- and laboratory-based course is designed to
show how you can use your own observations and experimental data to interpret the changing

Earth around you. Not open to students previously enrolled in GEO 111. (Laboratory Science)

122. Climate Change
An examination of changes in Earth's climate with particular focus on the last 20,000 years.
Topics include greenhouse and icehouse worlds, climate reconstruction techniques, and factors
driving climate change. Offered as a writing-designated course (W) in alternate years.

(Laboratory Science)

123. Go West: An Introduction to Field Geology
A largely field-based course centered in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the canyonlands of
southern Utah, or the volcanoes of Hawaii. The fundamentals of geology will be introduced in
the classroom and amplified by hands-on learning during a two-week trip west. Students will
learn skills necessary for introductory geological mapping and field-based studies and will gain
first-hand knowledge about large-scale tectonic features such as volcanoes and mountains, as

well as surficial processes, such as river erosion. Entails additional costs. (Laboratory Science)

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