Geology

Faculty/Staff

Peter McHenry, Chair.

Adjunct: Art Chadwick

Program

Southwestern Adventist University, in conjunction with Loma Linda University, offers a geology program with major emphasis in sedimentology, stratigraphy and paleontology. The freshman and sophomore years are taken on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University, while the junior and senior years are taken on the campus of Loma Linda University.

GEOL 111 : Physical Geology

A study of the earth, its composition, and the forces that control and change it. Laboratory includes recognition of common rocks and minerals and training in use of geologic maps and interpreting the physical processes recorded in the earth's surface. Laboratory includes a four-day field trip.

credits

4

GEOL 112 : Principles of Historical Geology and Paleontology

A study of the disciplines of historical geology and invertebrate paleontology. Emphasis will be on the tools of historical interpretation. Laboratory will cover the invertebrate and vertebrate fossil groups systematically. May apply toward biology major by petition. Laboratory includes a four-day field trip. Field trip fee.

credits

4

GEOL 220 : Mineralogy

Introduction to crystallography; crystal optics; structure, composition, properties, stability and geological occurrences of minerals; and mineral identification. Student will be familiar with laboratory techniques for mineral identification, including x-ray, thin-section, and microprobe analyses.

credits

4

Prerequisites

GEOL 240 : The Dinosaurs

A field course covering the taxonomic relationships, environment and fossil record of the dinosaurs. Includes extensive training in field methods of vertebrate paleontology and participation in the dinosaur research project. Taught for four weeks in Wyoming. Field fee covering the cost of transportation, room and board.

credits

4

Prerequisites

GEOL 112 or permission of instructor

GEOL 298 : Individual Study Topics

A study in an area of student interest under the direction of a staff member. This study may involve data collection, or library work and will involve a written report. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

credits

1 - 3

Prerequisites

GEOL 111, 112, and approval of instructor

GEOL 330 : Summer Field Geology

Stratigraphic and structural mapping of sedimentary and related igneous and metamorphic rocks and analysis of data collected in the field. Taught for four weeks in Wyoming in connection with the Dinosaur course. Field fee covering the cost of transportation, room and board.

credits

4

Prerequisites

GEOL 380 : Research Methods

A general introduction to the techniques and methodologies of scientific literature and presentations based upon library and on-line research. Each student will select a specific topic for research, prepare a paper, and make an oral presentation based on that work. The student will learn scientific methodology, basic statistical skills, and critical data analysis.

credits

2

Prerequisites

GEOL 111, 112 or any entry level science sequence

GEOL 419 : Philosophy of Science

A study of the philosophies and methodologies of science. Includes a review of the history of scientific and religious thought and the role each has played in the development of modern theories of origin. (Also taught as RELT or BIOL 419.)

credits

3

GEOL 480 : Research in Geology

and approval of instructor A supervised research experience involving the development of a research proposal, data collection, and a written paper. Research proposal may be developed in GEOL 380. May be repeated for a total of 5 credits.

credits

1 - 3

Prerequisites

and approval of instructor

GEOL 481 : Senior Thesis

This course is designed to permit the student to develop a publishable-quality research paper. Instruction consists of writing techniques and guidance in the completion of this project. Students will give several oral progress-reports, a final presentation at the Honors Research Symposium, and a completed Senior Thesis.

credits

1

Prerequisites

GEOL 498 : Individual Study Topics

Special study may be pursued beyond completed course work under the direction of a staff member. This study may involve data collection or library work and will involve a written report. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

credits

1 - 3

Prerequisites

GEOL 111, 112; two upper division courses, and permission of the instructor