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Fall 2019
Nov 30,2020
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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 will provide 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 will be 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 keystone scientific reasoning requirement for non-science majors. If you are an Environmental Science or Integrated Science Studies major, or Earth Science or Environmental Science minor, you must take GEOL 105 Fundamentals of Geology (lec/lab) instead; GEOL l05 is offered every Spring.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Environmental Science Department

Course Attributes:
Gen Ed 2018, Gen Ed-Scientific Reasoning, GE-SCIENCE W EXPERIENTIAL

GEOL 106 - FUNDAMENTALS OF EARTH SCIENCE LECTURE
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 ofthe major rock-forming minerals, and common igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; the major geophysical processes and the formation ofresultant 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. This is a lecture—laboratory course. Students must take both the lecture and laboratory sections. GEOL 106 is required for the Environmental Science and Integrated Science Studies majors, the Environmental Science and Earth Science minors, and can be used to fulfill requirements for the Environmental Studies major and minor as well as the 100-level Scientific Reasoning category of General Education. It is the recommended foundation course for Earth Science teacher certification. It is a Writing intensive course.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Geology Department

Course Attributes:
Gen Ed 2018, Gen Ed-Scientific Reasoning, GE-SCIENCE W EXPERIENTIAL, WRITING INTENSIVE

GEOL 106L - FUNDAMENTALS OF EARTH SCIENCE LAB
This course will provide an introduction to the geological sciences. The course begins with U11: 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 ofresultant 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 ofthe planet. This information will be presented in a plate tectonic framework. This is a lecture-laboratory course. Students must take both the lecture and laboratory sections. GEOL 106 is required for the Environmental Science and Integrated Science Studies majors, the Environmental Science and Earth Science minors, and can be used to fulfill requirements for the Environmental Studies major and minor as well as the 100-level Scientific Reasoning category of General Education. It is the recommended foundation course for Earth Science teacher certification. It is a writing intensive course.
0.000 TO 2.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lab

Geology Department

Course Attributes:
Gen Ed 2018, Gen Ed-Scientific Reasoning

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 210 - NATURAL HAZARDS
Natural hazards — or, “how the planet can kill you”. In the 21“ century, some are lulled into a false sense of security, believing that “if it’s natural, it’s good for you”. In this course, we will examine various natural geological processes that are decidedly not good for you! We will learn about the processes that result in natural hazards and disasters, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, floods (rivers and coastal), coastal erosion, and hurricanes, among others. We will also explore the role of humans in exacerbating some of these processes: for instance, the geological effects of anthropogenic climate change (including sea level rise and frequency and magnitude of extreme weather phenomena), and how the human footprint on the landscape can exacerbate (or even cause) certain types of hazards (e. g., landslides, floods, earthquakes). We will look at the resultant impact of these geological processes on humans, both at individual and societal scales; the effects on human health/mortality, infrastructure, economies, and governance. We will also explore the factors that build resiliency in both natural and human ecosystems, and having identified where and why these hazards occur, and their predictability, we will examine potential solutions to mitigate and/or adapt to these geological processes. Finally we will examine the ways in which such solutions can best be implemented: the efficacy of mandates on the one hand, and stakeholder approaches on the other. This course fulfills the GE: Systems, Sustainability, and Society category. (Examining hazardous Earth system processes, the reasons they are often catastrophic to human life and impactful on societies, and how we can manage the risks more effectively and sustainably.)
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Geology Department

Course Attributes:
Gen Ed 18-Syst, Sust&Society

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 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: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Geology Department

GEOL 328 - PALEONTOLOGY, PALEOECOLOGY & PALEOENVIRONMENTS LECTURE
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 ofaspects 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 paleoecological principles. Following this, the course is split into two sections. First, there is an overview of the major depositional environments, the typical fossil organisms that are found preserved in them, the processes of fossilization, and how the ecosystems of particular environments have changed through time. This is followed by a survey of the history oflife, 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. The concurrent Lab has sessions that will include fossil identification and analysis and several field visits to sites in New jersey and Pennsylvania. This course fulfills the upper-level Geology gquirement for the Environmental Science major, and is a core (required) course for the Earth Science minor. lt may also be used as an elective in the Biology, Environmental Studies and Sustainability (Earth Science track] majors and the Environmental Science minor. It counts towards the Earth Science teaching certificate. lt is a Writing lntensive course, and has a required lab section. This course is cross-listed (GEOL 328 / BIOL 328).
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Geology Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

GEOL 328L - PALEONTOLOGY, PALEOECOLOGY & PALEOENVIRONMENTS LAB
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 ofaspects 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 paleoecological principles. Following this, the course is split into two sections. First, there is an overview of the major depositional environments, the typical fossil organisms that are found preserved in them, the processes offossilization, and how the ecosystems ofparticular environments have changed through time. This is followed by a survey ofthe history poflife, 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 Iersey and Pennsylvania. This course fulfills the upper-level Geology requirement for the Environmental Science major, and is a core (required) course for the Earth Science minor. It may also be used as an elective in the Biology, Environmental Studies and Sustainability (Earth Science track) majors and the Environmental Science minor. lt counts towards the Earth Science teaching certificate. The (required) Lecture section is a Writing Intensive course. This course is cross—listed (GEOL 328L / BIOL 328L).
0.000 TO 1.500 Credit hours
0.000 TO 1.500 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lab

Chemistry Department

GEOL 333 - ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
This course studies the interactions between geology and the surface and near-surface environment. First we will examine geologic resources such as water, soils, minerals, and energy; this section will include examination of current 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 (try to) mitigate them. Third, we will examine the interplay between humans and the surface environment, in particular climate and hydrology. Finally we will study some applications of environmental geology in society, including land use planning, waste disposal, and environmental laws and regulations.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Geology Department

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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