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GY140 – Physical Geology

Physical Geology will make use of the local Rocky Mountain settings as a natural laboratory in order to investigate Earth history preserved in rocks. Students will learn to observe earth materials by collecting and interpreting geochemical & geophysical data. The course will involve a considerable amount of time in the field.

Photo by Jennifer Coombes
Photo by Jennifer Coombes


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The fundamentals of physical geology: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks; basic mineralogy; structural geology; mapping; and examination of local stratigraphic units. (Meets the laboratory/field requirement for the natural sciences.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.

Prerequisite: No credit after GY 130 There will be overnight field trips and possibly longer field trips.