NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog 
  
    Feb 21, 2019  
NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog
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GEOL 1470 - Environmental Geology


This course provides a geologic perspective of mankind’s interaction with Earth. Topics include a detailed assessment of the major environmental health and safety hazards associated with natural geologic processes and materials, mankind’s exploitation of soil, water, energy and mineral resources, and hazardous and sanitary waste disposal. Solutions to these major environmental health and safety hazards will be explored. Laboratory sessions will build skills in the identification and description of geologic materials, map reading and interpretation. Project-based soil and water data collection techniques using industry standards for field and laboratory will be explored. State and Federal regulations regarding environmental issues, mitigation and processes will be investigated.

Credits: 4

Instructional Method Lecture and Lab

Comments: This course meets UW’s Physical and Natural World requirement.

Prerequisites:
GEOL 1100 Physical Geology with a C or better AND MATH 0930 Inter. Algebra or math placement IV

Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of GEOL 1470 Environmental Geology, the student will:

  1. analyze human population dynamics to illustrate their impact on natural resource supply and demand
  2. explain the types, behaviors, hazards, and impacts associated with mass wasting
  3. calculate probabilities of natural disaster events using geologic data
  4. outline methods required to explore and exploit various metallic and non-metallic mineral resources, natural gas, petroleum, coal, uranium, and renewable energy resources
  5. predict the environmental impacts on water, soil, and air quality that result from the development of metallic and non-metallic mineral resources, natural gas, petroleum, coal, uranium, renewable energy resources, and other human activity
  6. rank the level of environmental severity and the economic costs of the impacts on water, soil, and air quality associated with the development of the various renewable and non-renewable energy resources
  7. recognize difference between natural and anthropogenic environmental hazards and impacts
  8. identify State & Federal environmental regulations governing soil, water, and air quality
  9. validate the identity of common rock, mineral and soil specimens by determining their physical properties
  10. correlate geologic and topographic maps to the underlying geologic structure and surface topography
  11. demonstrate industry standard sampling techniques with sample chain of custody record keeping
  12. identify ASTM testing standards


Program Outcomes
Upon completion of GEOL 1470 Environmental Geology, the student will:

Engineering Technology AAS

PO#5 Apply the fundamental principles of geology, environmental science, and engineering as they relate to environmental concerns.

PO#6 Perform environmental sampling in accordance with industry standards.

PO#10 Implement a data collection project.

PO#11 Evaluate the integrity of field data.

Engineering Technology Certificate

PO#1 Apply the fundamental principles of geology, environmental science, and engineering as they relate to environmental concerns.

PO#2 Perform environmental sampling in accordance with industry standards.

PO#4 Apply relevant techniques, skills, and engineering technology tools to solve problems.

PO#5 Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility by analyzing issues in profession.



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