(See 'Lectures' on the main Web page for the schedule of classes!)

Course Title:

Course Number: Geol 2001

Course Instructor: Dr. H. A. Babaie

Office: Sparks Hall, Room A-454
Phone #: 404 413-5766
Fax: 404 413-5768
Office Hours: R: 1:00-2:00 or other times by appointment
GoSolar for Students (See policies below!)

Login information: Go to my website at:, and then select "Geologic Resources & Environments" under "Courses Taught".

Course Description
: Origin, distribution, and consequences of consuming Earth's resources (metallic, nonmetallic, soil, and groundwater). Topics include fossil fuels, alternative energy sources, use of minerals, waste disposal, and contaminants in the environment. PREREQUISITE: None

Optional textbook: Edward A. Keller. Introduction to Environmental Geology, 2004, 3rd Edition. ISBN-10: 0131447645. Pearson-Prentice Hall

Course Assignments: see 'Lectures' for information on required readings and due dates! Students are required to do four (4) Hazcity (HC) exercises. Make sure the book comes with a CD! Or buy the Hazcity CD separately!

Course Requirements: The course requires students to conduct a research project on an geoevironmental issue.
See Lectures for information on required exams, research paper, and due dates!
NOTE: You can find the information for the course assignments, due dates, and other requierments by clicking on the "Geologic Resources & Environments" on my website at: and then selecting the "Lectures" menu items on the leff of the page!

Method of Teaching: The course emphasizes the impact of geological processes and hazards on humans, and the human influence on geologic resources and processes. This interaction has led to many socio-economic issues that directly relate to the course. To more effectively expose the students to these important environmental issues, the course is taught through class lectures, 3 exams, 4 practical assignments, and mandatory writing of a research paper. The course also includes optional (for credit) presentation of the research paper, and two student-managed debate sessions.

Lectures - Students are responsible for learning all Powerpoint Lecture notes, and the Summaries and Outlines listed (all available on the Lectures page on course's website).

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Please advise the instructor if you have a documented disability that needs to be accommodated.

The last day to withdraw from the course with the possibility of receiving a "W" is given in GSU's Academic Calendar which is available at: If a student withdraws by this date but is failing the course, he/she will receive a "WF". All students who withdraw after this date will also receive a "WF".

Please make sure to read the University's policy on Academic Honesty (Section 409).

The course syllabus provides a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary!

Grading Policy: The final grade for this course will be determined by adding the percent grades for three required exams, four Hazcity assgnments, and a Research Paper. The percentages are given in the following table. Notice that you can enhance your grade by optionally participating in one debate or presenting your research paper through a talk (see below).

Grading System
1st Exam
Exams may be curved only for students who are not absent on randomly selected dates.
See Attendance Policy


Mandatory Assignments (See "Lectures" for the mandatory assignments and their deadline!)
Each assignment is worth 4% of your grade. DO NOT miss any!
Only the 4 assignments, listed in the "Lectures" page, are accepted.
NO SUBSTITUTE! - The assignments will not be accepted after their deadlines!

Mandatory Research Paper
2nd Exam
3rd (Final) Exam
Total without doing any optional project >>
Optionals (You don't have to do any of the following projects):

Debate (5 points: includes 2 pts for debating and 3 pts for the Debate Paper)
If you are presenting your Research Paper, you cannot participate in the Debate (vice versa)! See Rules

Paper- To get credit, please submit the debate paper to the moderator at least two days before the debate and to the instructor on the day of debate!
10% penalty if not submitted on time!

Moderator Paper - This is only an option for students who do not participate in the debates or present their research paper. Moderator paper is due on the debate date!
Optional presentation (talk) of the Research Paper Talk

Grading Scheme

97-100 93-96.9 90-92.9 87-89.9 83-86.9 80-82.9 77-79.9 70-76.9 60-69.9 <60
A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C D F

NOTE: Your grade will be updated on a regular basis after the completion of each exam or reqiurement. Please regularly check your listed grades on course's website for accuracy after they are updated. You can contact me if you want to dispute your grade.

Final grades will not be posted or given out via phone or email. Grades will be posted on the GoSolar.

Make-up policy: DO NOT miss the scheduled exams unless you have a doctor's or official university excuse which proves an emergency case. It is the student's responsibility to contact me within three days after missing the exam for setting a date for a make-up exam. If acceptable, a make-up exam will be given within 4 days after the date of the missed exam. If the scheduled make-up exam is missed, there will be no second opportunity (for any possible reason) and a zero will be assigned for that exam.

COURSE OBJECTIVES - upon successfully completing the course, students of this course should be able to explain the following topics:

1. Exponential population growth. The impact of people on natural environments and resources

2. Man-related problems such as global warming (global climate change)

3. Mineral, energy, and soil resources; problems associated with their exploitation

4. Controls on ground and surface water availability/pollution; problems related to their use

5. Nature of and problems associated with streams and flooding

6. How earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur; what are seismic and volcanic hazards

7. Hazards related to mass wasting processes such as landslide and subsidence

University Policies
1.  According to the Georgia State University undergraduate catalog, class attendance is expected; failure to attend classes regularly may result in poor course performance.  The university requires instructors to verify attendance early in the term.  Failure to attend classes may result in you not appearing on the Verification Roll and being dropped from the class.  Please see section 1334 of the catalog at, and click on the appropriate catalog link to read about attendance policy (posted as a .pdf file).

2.  All students should be familiar with the university’s course withdrawal procedures.  These can be found in section 1332 of the undergraduate catalog.

3.  All students are required to be familiar with the Academic Honesty policy of the university and to comply with the policy.  This can be found in section 1380 of the undergraduate catalog.

4.  Each student must have access to an on-line computer and  is responsible for reading all messages sent to his/her university email address, and any other assignments that require the use of a computer.  Class changes and/or updates may be conveyed via email, in which case the student is considered to have been informed.  The student is required to check this university email box regularly.

5.  Accommodations for students with disabilities:
Georgia State University complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Students with disabilities who seek academic accommodations must first take appropriate documentation to the Office of Disability Services located in Suite 230 of the New Student Center.

Course Policy
Exams: Include the assigned reading material from class notes and lectures.
Attendance: see Class Attendance Policy and GSU Attendance Policy

Research Paper: Students must choose a topic for their Research Paper by the midpoint of the semester and submit it by the due date given on the Lectures page.

Turn off your cell phone and keep it off the desk during lectures.
Text messaging during class is strictly prohibited and grounds for dismissal.

Course Evaluations: One of the changes that GoSOLAR has brought is that now Student Course Evalutions will be filled out online. When you go to the student GoSOLAR screen, one of your link choices will be the evaluations. Please take advantage of this opportunity to give me feedback on this course. Your submission is anonymous, and I cannot view it before I assign your grade. Also, you must submit the evaluation before you know your grade. I will remind you again to fill out the evaluation as we get near the end of the course, and we will talk a bit about the purpose of the evaluations.

E-mail Contact - You all have a GSU e-mail address that looks like:
This is the address I will use when I need to contact you, either individually or as a class. You are responsible for reading any requirements, changes, announcements, etc. that are sent to you via this e-mail address. Hence, you should check it at least once daily. If you prefer to use another e-mail account(s), you must activate the mail forwarding feature under Options>Mailbox Management while in your GSU e-mail, so that e-mail from me will reach whatever other e-mail account(s) you have specified. I emphasize that you are responsible for this.