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GGY 201 - Introduction to Geology

Credits: 3
2 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

This is a course for both science and non-science majors. The aspects of physical and historical geology discussed include but are not limited to volcanism, glaciation, stream development, rock formation, geological record and geological time.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Apply scientific inquiry to the discovery of geology.
  2. Describe the interior structure of the Earth.
  3. Distinguish types of rocks and soils on the Earth’s surface.
  4. Model geological landforms.
  5. Discuss transient geologic activities and their influence on the evolution of the Earth’s surface.
  6. Identify the local geology.
  7. Apply concepts learned in classroom by conducting laboratory experiments and field trips.
Listed Topics
  1. Overview of the Fields of Geology
  2. Elements and Minerals
  3. Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary Rocks
  4. Weathering and Soil
  5. Mass Wasting
  6. Geologic Structures
  7. Folding, Faulting and Unconformities
  8. Earthquakes and the Earth’s Interior
  9. Sea Floor; Plate Tectonics
  10. Geology Time and the Earth’s Geological History
  11. Integrated Stratigraphic Interpretation
  12. Streams and Landscapes
  13. Ground Water
  14. Glaciation
  15. Desert and Wind Action
  16. Geographical Resources
  17. Beaches and Coastlines
  18. Local Geology
  19. Environmental Geological Concerns
Reference Materials
Textbook; Laboratory Handouts; Maps; Computer Simulations; Geological Field Work Equipment; Periodicals; Geological Materials and Activities from the Internet. Rock sample preparation equipment.
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 11/08/2006

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