NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

GEOL 1100    Physical Geology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  03     View Course Outline

A course examining the earth¿s formation, composition, structure and natural systems. Using the process of science, learners will explore 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, climate change and environmental concerns. Course is open to all students. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4 Credits.



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 1140    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. By using the process of science to examine how the Earth and life have changed through the geologic past we can begin to get a glimpse into the effect which humans may have on it now and in the future. Topics include: principles of geology, sedimentary rocks, fossil identification and classification, plate tectonics, sea level change, geologic time, topographic and geologic maps, evolution of life, climate change, hominid development and mass extinctions. Course is open to all students. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4 credits



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 1170    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, climate change and destruction of continental ice sheets, sedimentary processes, recognition of erosional and depositional glacial landforms, 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. 2 credits



GEOL 1180    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 1190    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, and Whitewater 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. Four-day field trip around Minnesota is mandatory. Course is open to all students. 2 credits



GEOL 1200    Oceanography     Credits  3         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

This course is an interdisciplinary survey of the biological, chemical, physical and geologic processes at work in the world¿s oceans. Using the process of science learners will examine the interplay between these processes and the implications of these interactions for life on Earth, the Earth¿s climate and marine environments. Topics may include waves, tides, seafloor sediments, marine biology, seawater chemistry, plate tectonics, ocean currents, El niño, productivity and dead zones, sea level change, coastal processes and effects of man¿s influence on oceans. Course is open to all students. 3 Credits (3 hours lecture)



GEOL 1201    Oceanography Lab     Credits  1         Goal Areas  03,10     View Course Outline

This course is designed to complement GEOL 1150, Oceanography. The 3 hour lab sessions will include group and individual projects that supplement concepts and topics from oceanography lecture. Learners will collect their own data and use oceanographic data from ocean science databases. 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 niño and biogeochemical cycling. Course is open to All Students (3 hours lab) 1 credit



GEOL 1210    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 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.