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GEOL& 101
Intro to Physical Geology


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20


Description
Study of the materials and processes of the earth. Topics include rocks and minerals, geologic time, volcanic activity, plate tectonic theory, earthquakes, earth's interior, and the surface processes controlled by wind, water movement, and gravity. Laboratory exercises involve identification of common rocks and minerals, use of topographic and geologic maps, and knowledge gained through the study of earthquakes. Course also includes one local field trip. Lab work required. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088. Formerly GEOL 101, Physical Geology.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Describe how the scientific method is used in the acquisition and application of "scientific knowledge"
  • Describe the gross structure and evolution of the layered Earth
  • Analyze and identify approximately 50 common rocks and minerals
  • Read and interpret topographic maps
  • Describe the impact of geologic events on humans; and human's impact on the Earth
  • Predict the fate of regions in light of local plate tectonic conditions
  • Describe how surface-driven processes sculpt the landforms of the planet

  • Course Topics
  • The nature of scientific inquiry; The Scientific Methods
  • Formational history of Earth; Geologic Time
  • Earth inorganic materials: minerals, rocks, sediments, magma, ice, and water
  • Internally-driven Earth processes: plate tectonics, mountain building, earthquakes, and volcanoes
  • Surface-driven Earth processes: Weathering of natural materials, transport (via water, wind and ice), and deposition; including the resulting landforms

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    GEOL& 101
    Fall 2014
    0872
    Steve May
    GEOL& 101
    Fall 2012
    1856
    Steve May
    GEOL& 101
    Fall 2011
    1856
    Kurt Othberg
    GEOL& 101
    Fall 2010
    1856
    Steve May
    GEOL& 101
    Winter 2010
    1856
    Steve May


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
    X
     
    X
    X
     
    X
     
    X
    X
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.