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Geology Courses Offered at Pitt Community College

For more information on geology courses offered at PCC contact:
Stephanie Woodley, Math and Physics Department Chair, 252-493-7438


GEL 111 GEOLOGY          3 Lecture 2 Lab 4 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
This course introduces basic landforms and geological processes. Topics include rocks,
minerals, volcanoes, fluvial processes, geological history, plate tectonics, glaciers, and
coastal dynamics. Upon completion, students should be able to describe basic geological
processes that shape the earth. This course has been approved to satisfy the
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural
science. This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course
for AA/AS. There is a $7.50 lab fee for this course.

GEL 113 HISTORICAL GEOLOGY          3 Lecture 2 Lab 4 Credit

Prerequisites: Take One: GEL 111 or GEL 120
Corequisites: None
This course covers the geological history of the earth and its life forms. Emphasis is
placed on the study of rock strata, fossil groups, and geological time. Upon completion,
students should be able to identify major fossil groups and associated rock strata and
approximate ages of geological formations. This course has been approved to satisfy the
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural
science. There is a $7.50 lab fee for this course.

GEL 120 PHYSICAL GEOLOGY          3 Lecture 2 Lab 4 Credit

Prerequisites None
Corequisites: None
This course provides a study of the structure and composition of the earth's crust.
Emphasis is placed on weathering, erosional and depositional processes, mountain
building forces, rocks and minerals, and structural changes. Upon completion, students
should be able to explain the structure, composition, and formation of the earth's crust.
This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement
general education core requirement in natural science. There is a $7.50 lab fee for this
course.

GEL 230 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY          3 Lecture 2 Lab 4 Credit

Prerequisites: Take One: GEL 111, GEL 120, or PHS 130
Corequisites: None
This course provides insights into geologic forces that cause environmental changes
influencing man's activities. Emphasis is placed on natural hazards and disasters caused
by geologic forces. Upon completion, students should be able to relate major hazards and
disasters to the geologic forces responsible for their occurrence. This course has been
approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core
requirement in natural science. There is a $7.50 lab fee for this course.