Off-Campus: Geological Sites
Geology is an exciting and dynamic science that has practical application needed by students who are either science or non-science majors. Students enrolled in a geology course should not only leave the course with the ability to interpret the beauty of the natural environment around them, but the material covered in laboratory should prepare them as thoughtful citizens that understand the processes behind geologic hazard.
The goal of the professor is to provide the highest quality learning experience possible. Therefore, having our students study geology in a field setting undoubtedly provides a stimulating and engaging learning experience for them. Field trips are essential. Introductory Physical and Historical Geology students participate in a Saturday field trip to look at local geological phenomena, including DeSoto Falls and Cloudland Canyon. Upper division geology courses take several field trips during a semester; typically, they are one-, two-, or three-day trips. Past experiences have included visits to a hydroelectric plant, nuclear energy facility, coal burning facility, limestone quarry, and mines in Bartow Country. The Geomorphology class also made trips to the Blue Ridge Parkway (TN and NC) and to Tybee Island/Wassawa Island (GA).
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