Course code:



I - Introductory

Lab fee:


This course will focus on various types of natural resources we have on Earth including water, soil, rock and mineral, and various energy resources (fossil fuels, alternatives).

Students will learn fundamental geologic principles through a discussion of the processes forming and influencing these resources. We will explore how each type is extracted/refined/exploited/conserved for human use. We will also discuss the many environmental issues associated with each industry. Finally, we will look at the local industries built on the many natural resources available in our region of Maine.

This course will appeal to students interested in geologic processes and how they relate to our resource needs. This course will also provide scientific grounding in the relevant geology for students whose primary interests are in the policy or politics of resources. Class time will be spent as lectures, discussions, labs or demonstration, and occasionally visiting a local field site.

Students will be evaluated based on weekly labs and/or problem sets, a field trip report, and a final report.




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