Friday, June 22, 2012

Geology of the National Parks

During Summer Session 2 at my College, which runs from July 5 through August 15, I'll be teaching an online course on the Geology of the National Parks (ESC-114).  It uses the text Geology of National Parks (6th edition) by Harris, et al. (2003, Kendall Hunt).  Three credits and it's a State University of New York (SUNY) natural science general education elective - meaning it should transfer as a non-lab science course to any SUNY school (and many others as well).  Plus, it's damn interesting!

Here's the course description:

Designed for the non-science major, this course provides an introduction to geology and the geological evolution of North America through a detailed examination of selected U.S. National Parks and Monuments. National Parks studied include the Grand Canyon, Zion, Canyonlands, Petrified Forest, Badlands, Mammoth Cave, Carlsbad Caverns, Acadia, Yosemite, Mt. Rainier, Crater Lake, Hawaii Volcanoes, Yellowstone, and Death Valley among others. In addition to learning about the geology of North America's National Parks, students will also gain an appreciation for the scenic beauty, natural resources, flora, and fauna preserved in these unique areas.

I'll be travelling during part of the time I'm teaching this course, logging in from various places out west and posting updates, hopefully, from the Badlands, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks (among other places as well).  You don't need any previous geology to take this course, just a willingness to learn.  It is accelerated since it covers in six weeks the same material covered when it's offered as a 15 week full-semester course.  The course is fully online, you can take it from anywhere you have Internet access.

I look forward to teaching it!

Send me an email (button at left) for more information (I can email the course outline) or call all the Registrar's Office at (845-687-5075 or 1-800-724-0833) to register by phone or ask questions about costs, registration, etc.).

1 comment:

  1. Hi Steven,
    I like your sincere efforts for offering an online geology course on Geology of National Parks,USA which will definitely throw enough light on Geological evolution of North America.I am a professional Geologist, P.Geo of Ontario, Canada living at Toronto.I am equally curious about the course content and its fees.May be I can inspire some young people to look at it.My contact is mentioned below.
    Subash Bisoyi
    210-3455 Morning Start Drive
    Mississauga, ON L4T3T9