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I - Introductory

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Meets the following requirements:

  • ES - Environmental Science

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This course is designed to introduce students to geological concepts, tools of the trade, and to the geological history of Mount Desert Island.

Throughout the course, students will learn skillsets (topographic and geologic map reading, orienteering, field observation, note taking, field measurements) and geologic principles (rock types, stratigraphy, plate tectonics, earth systems, geologic time, surface processes) both in the classroom and in the field.

We will conduct multiple short field excursions on MDI and one extended weekend field trip to explore the regional geology. Students will submit a term project complete with their own field data, maps, photos, and analysis of the local and regional geology. Students will be evaluated on the term project, short quizzes, additional written assignments, and lab reports.



Always visit the Registrar's Office for the official course catalog and schedules.