Silicon Connection

Geology and Computer Science--the two are more connected than you might think. The components of silica (silicon and oxygen) make up 75% of the Earth’s continental crust; thus silicon is at the heart of what geologists study. Computer scientists rely upon the unique semi-conductor properties of pure silicon to form the basis of the computer hardware industry. 

The Silicon Connection FYE Program brings together these scientific disciplines in two full introductory courses: Introductory Geology and Introduction to Programming.  Geology and Computer Science are connected not only by silicon, but by common approaches to problem solving through scientific reasoning. We’ll look as well at types of information used in computer programs to model the carrying capacity and sustainability of Planet Earth.

GEOL 111 Introductory Geology – Dr. Janis Treworgy

The Introductory Geology course gives you an opportunity to learn about the internal and external processes that form and shape the Earth as we see it today. From this understanding you will learn to interpret the processes that create the landforms around us. You will never look at your surroundings in the same way as you enhance your observation skills and analytical thought process through in-class and field activities.

CSCI 171 Introduction to Programming – John Broere

In the Introduction to Programming course, you will learn to program a computer using the C++ or Java programming language. You’ll explore problem solving through algorithm development, program structure and design, arithmetic and Boolean logical operations, and binary numbering systems.

In the Integrated Learning course you will develop skills to help you succeed in college and beyond, including personal organization, working with others, and oral and written communications.

Explore the connections between two science disciplines that will ground you in the practice of problem solving!

GEOL 111 SC Introductory Geology    (GESL)     4SH  M W F  2:20-4:10 p.m.
CSCI 171  SC  Intro to Programming  (GESN)     4SH  M W F  8:00-9:50 a.m.
GEN 101   SC   Integrated Learning: Silicon        3SH   T R      9:25-10:40 a.m.