Geology Courses

Courses in geology (designated GEOL) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • the general education requirement in the biological and physical sciences
  • electives

UMUC offers only a limited number of courses each session in this discipline.

Physical Geology (3 Credits, GEOL 100)

An introductory study of geology, encompassing the Earth, the materials that constitute its makeup, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting on them. The goal is to understand geological principles and how humans impact geological processes. Topics include the rocks and minerals composing Earth, movement within Earth, and its surface features and the agents that form them and our environment. Discussion also covers energy and mineral resources. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GEOL 100 or GEOL 101.

Physical Geology Laboratory (1 Credits, GEOL 110)

(Fulfills the laboratory science requirement only with previous or concurrent credit for GEOL 100 or GEOL 120.) Prerequisite or corequisite: GEOL 100, GEOL 101, or GEOL 120. An introduction to the basic materials and tools of physical geology. Emphasis is on familiarization with rocks and minerals and the use of maps in geologic interpretations.