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.
WEEKLY or UNIT LEARNING OBJECTIVES (with Chapters):
(Textbook chapters and outlines vary with different books but the content is the same)
In this course you will learn to
- Describe origins (universe, solar system, Earth), and the rock cycle.
- Define and explain plate tectonics.
- Explain the formation of and characteristics of minerals.
- Discuss the formation of and occurrences of igneous rocks.
- Explain weathering, sedimentary rocks, and metamorphic rocks.
- Describe formation of earthquakes, and earth’s interior.
- Describe Earth’s seafloor and mountain formation.
- Explain mass wasting and the effects of running water.
- Describe Earth’s groundwater and effects of glaciation.
- Explain how wind and waves change landscapes.
- Discuss geologic time and Earth’s history.