NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

GEOL 1010    Minnesota Field Geology Series: Glacial Geology     Credits  2         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

Come explore the glacial geologic history of Minnesota! We will also examine its influence on some of the state's economic, environmental and political issues. Topics include: geologic time, plate tectonics, hydrologic cycle, rock cycle, rock classification and identification, formation and destruction of continental ice sheets, sedimentary processes, recognition of erosional and depositional glacial landforms, and topographic map usage. Three-day field trip around Minnesota is mandatory. Course is open to all students.



GEOL 1020    Minnesota Field Geology Series: Volcanic, Plutonic and Metamorphic Geology     Credits  2         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

Come explore the oldest rocks in Minnesota! This course will examine the earliest geologic history of Minnesota, which includes greenstone belts, iron ore deposits, and flood and pillow basalts. Topics include: geologic time, plate tectonics, rock cycle, rock classification and identification, Mid-continental rift, intrusive and extrusive igneous processes and products, metamorphism and mineral resources, and topographic map usage. This course is a field experience including observations, hypothesis, predictions, and evaluation of scientific data and results. Three-day field trip around Minnesota is mandatory. Course is open to all students.



GEOL 1030    Minnesota Field Geology Series: Fluvial Geology     Credits  2         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

Come explore the geologic history of Minnesota's rivers. We will examine the development of the Mississippi, Minnesota, Red, and St. Croix Rivers and the influence of their development and present geomorphology on some of the state's economic, environmental and political issues. Topics include: geologic time, plate tectonics, hydrologic cycle, rock cycle, rock classification and identification, weathering and erosion, drainage patterns, flooding, fluvial landform recognition, meandering, wetlands, topographic map usage. This course is a field experience including observations, hypothesis, predictions, and evaluation of scientific data and results. Three-day field trip around Minnesota is mandatory. Course is open to all students.



GEOL 1040    Minnesota Field Geology Series: Caves, Karst and Ancient Seaways     Credits  2         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

Come explore Minnesota's caves and ancient ocean floors! This course will examine the hydrogeologic processes involved in cave formation and the development of karst topography. In addition, we will evaluate the evidence of ancient oceans in Minnesota using the sedimentary and fossil record. Additional topics include: plate tectonics, geologic time, hydrologic cycle, rock, mineral and fossil identification, weathering and erosion, sealevel change, marine sedimentary processes. This course is a field experience including observations, hypothesis, predictions, and evaluation of scientific data and results. Three-day field trip around Minnesota is mandatory. Course is open to all students.



GEOL 1110    Physical Geology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

A course examining the earth's formation, composition, structure and natural systems. Including exploration of the earth's internal and external processes and how they shape the surface of the earth. Topics include: geologic time, plate tectonics, rock and mineral identification, introduction to topographic and geologic maps, surficial processes and environmental concerns. Course is open to all students. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)



GEOL 1120    Historical Geology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

A temporal survey of the development of earth as we know it today, and the evolution of life as deciphered from the sedimentary rock and fossil record. Topics include: principles of geology, sedimentary rocks, fossil identification and classification, plate tectonics, evolution of life, hominid development and mass extinctions. Course is open to all students. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)



GEOL 1130    Rocky Mountain Field Study     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

This course is designed for people interested in learning about basic principles of astronomy, geology, and meteorology in an applied setting. This course is offered as a component of our Outdoor Education Program, usually during summer session. Classes meet on campus for several weeks followed by 7-10 days in the Rocky Mountains and surrounding areas. Topics include: rock and mineral identification, geologic history of the area, geologic time, plate tectonics, topographic maps, surficial processes, physical processes of weather and astronomical features. Course is open to all students. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)



GEOL 1150    BWCA Field Geology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This lecture, lab & field-based course is designed for people interested in learning about basic principles of astronomy, geology, and meteorology in an applied setting. This course will be offered as a component of our Outdoor Education Program, usually during summer session. Topics include: rock and mineral identification, geologic history of the area, geologic time, plate tectonics, topographic maps, surficial processes, physical processes of weather and astronomical features. Students will participate in an 8-9 day mandatory field trip to BWCA-Quetico Wilderness Area. Course is open to all students. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)



GEOL 1150    Boundary Waters Field Geology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

This lecture, lab & field-based course is designed for people interested in learning about basic principles of astronomy, geology, and meteorology in an applied setting. This course will be offered as a component of our Outdoor Education Program, usually during summer session. Topics include: rock and mineral identification, geologic history of the area, geologic time, plate tectonics, topographic maps, surficial processes, physical processes of weather and astronomical features. Students will participate in an 8-9 day mandatory field trip to BWCA-Quetico Wilderness Area. Course is open to all students. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)



GEOL 1160    Global Environmental Field Geology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

An introduction to environmental geology with emphasis on the impact that globalization has on the environments and on geologic resources of various regions of the world, including the United States. Students will examine the geologic development of a particular region and how various cultures and societies approach environmental and geologic resource management problems. Students will explore their own community for the presence of globalization and they will travel to the country or region of study to meet with environmental experts and to observe first-hand the issues covered in this course. A 7-10 day field trip to the study region is mandatory. Course is open to all students. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)



GEOL 1850    Oceanography     Credits  3         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

Science is a process, not a body of knowledge. This inquiry-based course on understanding the world's oceans emphasizes the practice of science through making observations, forming questions, posing testable hypotheses, making predictions and critically evaluating scientific data and results. By examining data and evaluating evidence related to our understanding of the geologic, biological, chemical, physical and processes at work in the world's oceans, students' will recognize the critical role that oceans play in the earth's climate system and the influence of biosphere-atmosphere interactions on the oceans. Topics may include waves, tides, marine biology, seawater chemistry, plate tectonics, ocean currents, coastal processes, climate change, marine resources, coastal processes, and human influences on the world's oceans. Course is open to all students.



GEOL 1851    Oceanography Lab     Credits  1         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

This course is designed to complement GEOL 1850, Oceanography. The 3 hour lab sessions will include group and individual projects that supplement concepts and topics from oceanography lecture. Students will collect their own data and use oceanographic data from internet resources. Lab topics that will be covered include plate tectonics, marine sediments, temperature and salinity, water masses and ocean circulation, mapping the seafloor, marine ecosystems, coastal erosion, climate change, primary productivity, El Nino and biogeochemical cycling. (3 hour lab) Prerequisite: Geol 1850 or concurrent enrollment



GEOL 1990    Geology Special Topics     Credits  1-4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.