“A study of the geological features and processes that shape the earth’s surface and subsurface and their underlying origins in plate tectonics. In addition to addressing processes such as mineral, magma, and mountain formation, discussions will focus particularly on the effects of geological and climatic factors on our global environment, including earthquakes, landslides, volcanic activity, groundwater contamination, coastal and stream erosion, oceanic and atmospheric control of climate patterns, and evolutionary changes in forms and distributions of organisms.”