Monday, July 23, 2012

Learning Outside the Classroom: Explore & Discover Barrier Island Geology & Oceanography

Is pursuing a career in science, environmental science, parks and recreation, or geology your academic goal?  Do you enjoy the outdoors and opportunities for hands on learning?  If your answer is, ‘yes’, to any of these questions, then Dr. Kenneth Rasmussen’s GOL 299 Barrier Island Geology and Oceanography lecture and field trip is for you!  (Although this is not an online ELI class, we are highlighting the course to illustrate the diverse learning opportunities that are available at NOVA.)

GOL 299 is a new two-credit hybrid lecture/field course that begins Wed., August 1, 2012 (on campus lecture) and also meets on Mon. August 6, 2012 (field trip to the coast).  Dr. Rasmussen will guide you as you explore the Barrier Islands of Assateague/Ocean City.

The course addresses the natural history and oceanographic processes of undeveloped and developed barrier environments of Assateague Island and Ocean City, MD, as well as Fenwick Island, DE. The class will also include background readings, on-campus lecture/lab, and coastal field studies. This is an introductory-level, multidisciplinary course, that would also be perfect for educators.

To register, visit NOVA Connect and sign up for GOL 299-052N (Index #15780) Barrier Island Geology and Oceanography. 

For additional information, contact, or call 703-323-2139 or visit his website. Also, photos from previous field trips are available for your review.  

This is an excellent opportunity to enroll in a geology class with Dr. Rasmussen, recipient of the 2011 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia outstanding Faculty Award, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia Colleges and Universities!

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