Instructor: Linda Khandro


At the end of this course, the student is expected to be able to describe, explain, and discuss the fundamental aspects of geology. This broad-ranging science of our active planet includes the following topics:  How the earth formed and is continually altered over geologic time, minerals and the rock cycle, plate tectonics, seismicity, volcanism, oceanic and continental crust, agents of change: erosion, mass wasting, surface and ground water, wind, waves, and glaciers. It is designed to be thorough enough to prepare you for more advance work, while presenting the concepts to non-majors in a way that is meaningful and not overwhelming. We will consider the course a success if you have learned how to think critically about the Earth in an organized, logical way.

(Textbook chapters and outlines vary with different books but the content is the same)

In this course you will learn to

  1. Describe origins (universe, solar system, Earth), and the rock cycle.
  2. Define and explain plate tectonics.
  3. Explain the formation of and characteristics of minerals.
  4. Discuss the formation of and occurrences of igneous rocks.
  5. Explain weathering, sedimentary rocks, and metamorphic rocks.
  6. Describe formation of earthquakes, and earth’s interior.
  7. Describe Earth’s seafloor and mountain formation.
  8. Explain mass wasting and the effects of running water.
  9. Describe Earth’s groundwater and effects of glaciation.
  10. Explain how wind and waves change landscapes.
  11. Discuss geologic time and Earth’s history.
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