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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GEOL 320 - Rocks and Minerals

Identification, classification, and evolution of common igneous and metamorphic rocks. Includes recognition and interpretation of rocks in typical field exposures. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week plus required field trips.

Prerequisites: [(either GEOL 101 or GEOL 103 or GEOL 107 or GEOL 108) and GEOL101LAB, or SCED 102]; Pre/co-requisite: one of GEOL 201, GEOL 202, or GEOL 203. A high school or college chemistry course is recommended.

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize and describe common igneous and metamorphic rocks and minerals.
  • Write complete and accurate hand sample descriptions.
  • Explain and analyze physiochemical principles in the context of minerals.
  • Calculate solutions to quantitative equations about igneous and metamorphic processes.
  • Demonstrate improvement in scientific writing and reading comprehension skills.

Learner Outcomes Approval Date:

Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
Fall Locations: Ellensburg

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