Introductory and Survey Courses

Be sure to check the online schedule of classes for the official schedules. Make sure to select the New Brunswick campus. The subject code for all Geological Sciences courses is 460.

Note: We strive to maintain the accuracy of the information presented here and on linked pages. However, this information is subject to change without notice. The only offical course syllabus is the one handed out in class by the instructor, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Prospective Students and Student advisors

The following list of courses in Geological Sciences offered by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (formally Department of Geological Sciences) that can be used to fulfill the SAS science requirement. All of the 460:100 and 460:200 courses can be taken by beginning as well as advanced students of any major, most do not require any prerequisites. Most students normally take 460:100 Planet Earth first, but are equally welcome to take one of the 200 level survey courses depending on their personal interest (and meet pre-reqs,). 460:100 as well as all 200 level courses are designed primarily for non-majors and are taught at the introductory level.

460:101: Introductory Geology is also open to all students, but is intended more for those majoring in any of the sciences or for those with more background or interest in science. It is also a required course for the major and minor in Geological Sciences, Department of Earth and Planetary Science.

Introductory and Survey Courses for non-majors

01:460:100 Introductory Geology I: Planet Earth

Introductory geology for the non-science major, designed to give a broad, basic understanding of the planet on which we reside, its age and origin, composition and evolution, interrelationships of Earth's major physical systems, scientific revolutions in Earth Science, and the role the physical Earth plays in global politics and economics.

Instructors: 8 sections. Instructors vary from semester to semester, taught primarily by faculty of all levels and staff. Please check current course listings.
Prerequisites: None

Note: Designed for non-science majors and minors; partially fullfils science requirement for all colleges. Credit not given for both 460:100 and 460:101.

01:460:120 Introductory Oceanography

The course is designed to introduce students to the oceans through methods, rationale and discoveries with emphasis on the seafloor. Designed for majors and minors.

Instructors: Prof. P. Rona
Website: http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~parona/

Note: Partially fullfils science requirement for all colleges.

01:460:201 Earthquakes and Volcanos

Plate tectonics and the origin of earthquakes and volcanoes: causes, mechanisms, consequences, and effect on man.

Instructors: Prof. M.J. Carr, Prof. Levin and Staff
Prerequisites: None

Note: Designed for non-science majors and minors; partially fullfils science requirement for all colleges. Credit not given for both 460:100 and 460:101.

01:460:202 (3) Environmental Geology

Analyses of issues and case studies related to cleaning of the environment, finding and using resources, predicting and mitigating natural disasters, and understanding global change.

Instructors: Dr. P. Sugarman
Prerequisites: None

Note: Designed for non-science majors and minors; partially fullfils science requirement for all colleges.

01:460:204 Water Planet

Survey of the science, environmental impact, and resource allocation of water on the Earth. Characteristics of water; hydrologic cycle; runoff and erosion; river systems; past and present climates; water quality; political and economic aspects of water

Instructors: Prof. Y. Rosenthal
Prerequisites: None

Note: Designed for non-science majors and minors; partially fullfils science requirement for all colleges.

01:460:206 Dinosaurs

Survey of dinosaurian evolution and diversity. Discovery and collection; reconstruction of anatomy, behavior, physiology, and habitats; origin, evolutionary radiation, and extinction.

Instructors: Prof. G.R. McGhee or Staff
Prerequisites: None

Note: Designed for non-science majors and minors; partially fullfils science requirement for all colleges.

01:460:207 Earth's Resources and the Global Economy

Geological occurrence, exploration, production, and distribution of oil/gas, mineral ores, and interrelationships to world politics and the global economy. World events during the course will be tracked and evaluated as to impact on the supply and demand of oil, gas and mineral commodities.

Instructors: Prof. M Withjack
Prerequisites: 460:100 or 460:101 suggested

Note: Designed for non-science majors and minors; partially fullfils science requirement for all colleges.

01:460:212 (3) Earth and Life Through Time

Description: Relationship between the development of continents and oceans, changes in sedimentary environments, and the evolution of life through time. Designed for non-majors

Instructors: Prof. D.V. Kent
Prerequisites: 460:100 or 460;101 recommended

Note: Designed for non-science majors and minors; partially fullfils science requirement for all colleges. Credit not given for both 460:212 and 460:102.

Introductory Courses intended for those a bit more interested in the sciences, those majoring in the sciences, and for fulfilling major and minor requirements

01:460:101Introductory Geology I: Physical

Geological concepts, principles, processes, chemistry, and physics of the Earth and the interplay of Earth Systems. Course explores the Earth as a whole, its origin, structure, composition, history and the nature of the processes that resulted in its formation and its present state.

Instructors: Prof. C. C. Swisher

Note: Designed for those majoring in the sciences, and majors and minors; partially fullfils science requirement for all colleges. Non-Science Majors/Minors are recommended to take 460:100 Planet Earth. Credit not given for both 460:100 and 460:101

Laboratory for Introductory Geology Laboratory

Development of geologic concepts and principles, observation of rocks and minerals, laboratory exercises, experiments and field observations.

Note: Designed for those majoring in the sciences, and majors and minors; partially fullfils science requirement for all colleges.

01:460:102 (3) Introductory Geology II: Historical

Principles and concepts of plate tectonics and reconstructing past geography and environments; the history of Earth's climate, environments, biogeochemical cycles, and life through time. Designed for majors and minors.

Instructors: Prof. J.D. Wright
Website: http://rockbox/contocean.shtml
Prerequisite: 01:460:101 or 460:100 or by permission of instructor

Note: Designed for those majoring in the sciences, and majors and minors; partially fullfils science requirement for all colleges. Credit not given for both 460:102 and 460:212.

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