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GEOLĀ 203. Physical/Environmental Geology. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3,Lab:4
Introduction to Earth's dynamic systems, plate tectonic processes that make Earth a unique planet, and human interaction with Earth. Geologic factors and limitations that affect use or management of the environment. Not open to students who have taken GEOL 250. Prerequisite: first- or second-year status, others by permission.

Geology & Environmental Geosciences (GEOL)
Geology is the natural science that involves the nature and history of Earth, including scientific analysis of environmental problems. The Bucknell geology curriculum engages students with concepts and issues related to Earth and its environments through coursework, field studies and scientific research. A geology degree equips students with analytical skills, problem-solving skills, communication skills, experience in teamwork and solid grounding in field-based science. Geoscience includes diverse subdisciplines, including geologic hazards, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology, tectonics and engineering geology. At an introductory level, geology coursework provides students with basic knowledge of Earth and its systems and how that knowledge can provide an understanding of potential solutions to environmental problems. Knowledge of Earth, its processes, hazards, history, resources and limitations can be an important component of a liberal arts education and can provide a foundation for advanced work in the discipline.