Introduction to Environmental Geology (Revision 3)
As a discipline, environmental geology deals with using geological knowledge to address interactions between humans and the physical environment: the biosphere, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, and, to some degree, the atmosphere.
Environmental geology is a multidisciplinary subject that covers a broad range of topics, ranging from Earth materials and their use to Earth processes, including natural hazards and their impact on human lives. The environmental effects of exploring Earth resources is also an integral component of the course.
- The course is divided into 18 units.
- Unit 1: Basic Concepts in Environmental Geology
- Unit 2: The Internal Structure of Earth
- Unit 3: Minerals and Rocks
- Unit 4: Ecology and Geology
- Unit 5: Introduction to Natural Hazards
- Unit 6: Earthquakes and Related Phenomena
- Unit 7: Volcanic Activity
- Unit 8: Rivers and Flooding
- Unit 9: Slope Processes, Landslides, and Subsidence
- Unit 10: Coastal Processes
- Unit 11: Water Resources
- Unit 12: Water Pollution
- Unit 13: Mineral Resources
- Unit 14: Energy Resources
- Unit 15: Soils and the Environment
- Unit 16: Global Climate Change
Your final grade in GEOL 207 will be based on your performance in 10 laboratory assignments and two examinations. The passing grade for GEOL 207 is "C−"(60%). You must average 60% on the assignments, and you must receive a grade of at least 60% to pass an examination. The table below lists the components that contribute to your grade and the credit weight of each.
|10 Lab Assignments
|Midterm Exam||Final Exam||Total|
The mid-term and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Keller, E. A. (2012). Introduction to Environmental Geology (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Foley, D., McKenzie, G. D., & Utgard, R. O. (2009). Investigations in Environmental Geology (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
The course materials include a study guide, student manual, and a laboratory assignment manual.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, June 13, 2014.
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Updated May 12 2016 by Student & Academic Services