GEOL 102

Geological Field Studies

Geological Sciences College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Course Description

Outdoor examination of geological processes via afternoon canyon hikes and other hands-on activities.

When Taught

Contact Department

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

6

Fixed

0

Note

For nonscience majors.

Title

Geologic Time

Learning Outcome

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.

Title

Hydrologic System

Learning Outcome

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.

Title

Rocks and Minerals

Learning Outcome

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.

Title

Tectonic System

Learning Outcome

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.