Through geology courses at Illinois Wesleyan, students from all disciplines can learn not only about earth processes and history, but also about the development of scientific knowledge, including its strengths, weaknesses, and limitations; the origin of earth resources such as groundwater, ores, fuels, and soils and their present and past importance in society; and the geological reality and uncertainty underlying many social and political issues such as the availability of water resources and hazards of earthquakes.
Geology is an integrative science that relies on physics, chemistry, and biology.
In addition to its academic nature, geology has applications ranging from site selection, hazard estimation and mitigation, to exploration and production of water, fuels, ores, gems, and building materials.
A descriptive overview of rock-forming components and processes. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Offered occasionally.
An introduction to geologic processes, emphasizing those which have left their mark on Southern Utah. Travel to Utah to study geologic formations at Timpanogos Caves, and Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, and Arches National Parks. Lecture and lab daily. Consent of instructor required. Offered in May Term.