GEL1000EN - Geomorphology

Course description

Geomorphology describes the form and development of geologic landscapes. This course will explore how processes such as tectonics, weathering, erosion, karst, and glacial movement have shaped landforms both in modern times and in the past. Students will interpret topographic and geologic maps, as well as aerial photographs.

How this course benefits students

The study of geologic landscapes provided in this course is intended for those expecting to work in geology-related professions. Students will hone their map and aerial photograph interpretation skills, which will be necessary for geoscience career paths.

Why this course is important

Questions related to origins and earth history have become increasingly relevant in our naturalistic age, and many of these are derived from geology. Christian students need to be able to discern these issues so that they can appropriately guide others in their vocation.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Geological Studies
Educational level
Natural Sciences Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Students will learn different interpretations of historical geologic processes and how those interpretations relate to Scripture.

Missionally driven

Students will be equipped to help others discern issues related to earth history and Scripture, which are stumbling blocks for many believers.

Contextually informed

The course will prepare students to engage the naturalistic beliefs that are prevalent in western cultures, while recognizing that non-western cultures may deal with different kinds of issues.

Interculturally focused

The critical thinking skills acquired in this course, such as distinguishing data from interpretation, should enable students to discern geological issues across cultures.

Practically minded

Students will develop the more advanced skills needed to interpret maps and geological landscapes.

Experientially transformed

Students will be able to discern issues related to Biblical interpretations of earth history, which will help them in their own lives and as they interact with others.