Introduction to Geology

Introduction to Geology
Cultural focus on physical and environmental geology for nonscience majors; rocks and minerals. Field trips.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 1.0 Lab
 TaughtFall, Winter, Summer
 OfferedHonors also.
 ProgramsContaining GEOL 101
Course Outcomes

Rocks and Minerals

1. Understand the difference between minerals and rocks.

2. Be able to identify common rocks and minerals.

3. Know where and when the basic rock and mineral types form and how they are related to the hydrologic and tectonic systems.

Hydrologic System

1. Understand how the hydrologic system helps to shape the Earth and how the different sub-systems interact.

2. Learn the reasons for climate change in both ancient and modern times.

Tectonic System

1. Learn the basic evidences and ideas that support the Theory of Plate Tectonics.

2. Understand how the plate tectonic system works, including the role of the different types of plate boundaries and the forces that help to drive the system.

3. Learn how the plate tectonic system has helped to shape the Earth's surface.

Geologic Time

1. Gain a greater insight into the enormous length of geologic time and the evidences that support this claim.

2. Learn the different ways that scientists can determine geologic ages.

Other Planets

Learn how and why the other planets and moons in our solar system are different from Earth.