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GLY 101 - Physical Geology

Description: This course presents principles of the study of the earth outlining how the science began in the late 1700s from natural curiosity progressing to our present knowledge of the earth as a dynamic entity. Students will study its surface features and processes and then can appreciate how patterns observed have allowed for interpretations of what is going on within the interior. Such aspects include but are not limited to earthquakes, volcanism, origin and deformation of mountain belts and ocean basins, the work of running water, glaciers and wind. In lab, students are provided a hands-on approach to the study of minerals, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and will learn how to use a topographic map. A one-day field trip may be offered to illustrate and reinforce the concepts introduced. (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours) Lab fee applies. Special sections of Physical Geology may be offered which cover most of the topics above but which present the popular field of gemology, allowing the students to work with professional instruments to identify a large suite of gems, both natural and synthetic. Lab fee applies. Formerly SCI 103. Students who have completed SCI 103 will not receive credit for GLY 101. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

GLY 102 - Historical Geology

Description: This is a problem-oriented approach to the study of the geologic history of the planet earth. Laboratory methods are emphasized in conjunction with the fundamental tools of geology. The origins and evolution of the continents and ocean basins are examined both from a classical perspective, and through the utilization of the theories of continental drift and plate tectonics. The histories of select areas will be examined with an emphasis placed on the techniques used in the interpretation of the ancient environments in which the rock record was formed. A one-day field trip may be offered to illustrate and reinforce the concepts introduced. (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours) Laboratory fee applies. Formerly SCI 104. Students who have completed SCI 104 will not receive credit for GLY 102. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

GLY 104 - Field Lab Geology

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor.

Description: This is a limited enrollment course that runs during select intersessions for a period of 10 days. Special fees for transportation are required. This is an activity-oriented approach to the study of some of the regionally accessible geologic features: their processes, history and beauty. The participants in this course will be introduced to a varied curriculum of the regional physical, historical, economic and environmental geologic phenomena. A brief sampling of some topics open to investigation are: post glacial features, coastal barrier beach problems/dynamics, the identification of major rock outcrop features, mining operations, and mineral and fossil collecting. Laboratory and field equipment will be used for the gathering of specimens and data to help develop an understanding of the gross geologic aspects of a particular location. A portion of the time needed to accomplish these goals will be spent as preparation and review on campus in the laboratory/lecture room. Field sites will be reached primarily through the use of chartered transportation. Formerly SCI 203. Students who have completed SCI 203 will not receive credit for GLY 104. SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-LSCI. Offered: May Special

Credit Hours: 4
Department: Physical Sciences

GLY 105 - Beaches and Coasts

Description: This course introduces the study of beach and coastal processes and environments. It examines coastal morphology such as barrier islands, spits, dunes and marshes and introduces the effects of plate tectonics, glaciers, and rivers on beaches and coasts. It also examines tidal currents, wave action, longshore currents and transport, and estuarine circulation. Human activities and the effects of man-made (anthropogenic) structures will also be emphasized. Students will also study the various methods used for study of coastal environments. Field trip(s) required. Formerly SCI 115. Students who have completed SCI 115 will not receive credit for GLY 105. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-ASC, NSCI Offered: Fall, Winterim, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Physical Sciences

GLY 106 - Oceanology

Description: (Dual listed with BIO 119). This is a three-credit course and does not fulfill the laboratory science requirement needed for graduation. There will be no waivers issued under any circumstances. One field laboratory during the term. The course is designed as an overview of the structure, origin, and evolution of the world's oceans. Investigations will include analysis of abiotic factors such as sediments, coastlines, water properties, and movement. Students will take a close look at general water circulation, tides, currents, waves, and the effects of weather and climate. Further investigations will focus on biotic factors such as marine organisms, food chains, resources, and man's relationship to the sea. Formerly SCI 119. Students who have completed SCI 119 will not receive credit for GLY 106. (3 lecture hours) SUNY GEN ED-GLAB; NCC GEN ED-NSCI. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Physical Sciences