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GEOL%26 103
Historical Geology

Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20

Study of the geological history of the earth; evolution of the earth, oceans, mountain building processes, and life. The principles of stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, geochronology, fossil identification, paleogeographic reconstructions, and plate tectonics are discussed. 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 201, Historical Geology.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Describe how the scientific method is used in the acquisition and application of "scientific knowledge"
  • Relate topics from physical geology to Earth’s history (e.g., plate tectonics, rock cycle)
  • Analyze the formation, classification and interpretation of sedimentary rocks and apply stratigraphic principles to interpret the rock record
  • Apply relative and absolute dating principles to interpret the geologic history of rock units
  • Explain evolutionary theory and relate it to changes in the fossil record through time
  • Identify and classify fossils (including mode of preservation) and apply them to interpret age and environment of strata
  • Characterize each time period of Earth’s history (beginning with its origin) with regard to changes in the paleogeography, environment, and biota

  • Course Topics
  • The nature of scientific inquiry: The Scientific Methods
  • Physical processes that shape planet Earth: Plate tectonically driven
  • Reading the layered rocks of the Earth’s crust: Stratigraphy
  • Biological evolution and the fossil record
  • Geologically dating techniques: Absolute and Relative
  • The changing Earth (physical and biological) through time

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    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *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.