I. Course Prefix/Number: EAS 205
Course Name: Environmental Geology
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course studies human-environment interaction. Content includes problems associated with geologic hazards, availability and management of natural resources, and the proper use of geology in any land use program.
IV. Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this course, a student should be able to:
- Summarize geologic processes and events that are hazardous and/or impact human activities.
- Differentiate between fact and opinions selected environmental problems such as climate change.
- Compare and evaluate alternative solutions to future energy shortages.
- Explain the use, availability, and problems associated with water, soil, and energy resources.
- Identify pollution sources and measures to counteract environmental contamination.
- Describe the processes of waste disposal and water treatment.
- Summarize key principles of environmental law.
- Give examples of how geologic information is applied to land-use planning.
- Communicate effectively in writing or speech.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Rocks and Minerals
- Plate Tectonics
- Earthquakes and Volcanoes
- Streams and Flooding
- Coastal Processes and Zones
- Mass Movements
- Ice and Glaciers
- Water as a Resource
- Soil as a resource
- Energy Resources
- Waste Disposal
- Water Pollution
- Air Pollution
- Environmental Law and Policy
- Land-use Planning and Engineering Geology
VII. Methods of Instruction
Instructional methods may include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Assigned readings
- Field trips
- Lab exercises
- Case studies
- Field demonstrations
- Video clips
- Web activities and links
- Application assignments
*Course may be offered in a face-to-face or online format.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Required course practices are to be established by the instructor. Completion of lab exercises is required. Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
IX. Instructional Materials
Textbook: Environmental Geology, Carla Montgomery, 10th Edition, McGraw-Hill.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Evaluation of student learning is established by the instructor and may include, but is not limited to:
- Research Papers
- Class Participation
- Laboratory Reports
- Oral Presentations
- Application Assignments
- Field Journals
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.