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(GEOL 106) Field Geology of Hawaii

This is a laboratory field course that emphasizes the geological systems that have formed and modified the Hawaiian Islands, within the context of the earth as a whole. Students will gain, firsthand, an understanding of the geologic processes at work within the Islands. The main portion of the lab and fieldwork will take place during a multi-day trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. It is expected that students come into the course with some background in geology.

Credit Hours 1.0 Lecture
Prerequisites GEOL 105
Offered Spring
Programs Biochemistry (B.S.)

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop knowledge of the most common rock types found in Hawaii, and how they are related.
  • Identify the most common geologic features of Hawaii and understand how they formed.
  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of how the Hawaiian and other Pacific Islands formed and how they are still forming and being modified.