Geology –

sci245

(3 credits)

This course gives an overview of physical geology by introducing concepts such as plate tectonics and geologic time. Students gain familiarity with the processes that shape the earth's surface and recognize the relevance of studying geology. Topics include the rock cycle, weathering, formation of geological features, and preservation of geological resources.
This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Geologic Time and Sedimentary Rocks, Part II

  • Compare ways of evaluating geologic time.
  • Distinguish between the effects of weathering and erosion.
  • Explain the role of plate tectonics in the origin of sedimentary rock.
  • Explain the role of fossils in the development of the Geologic Column.

Earth’s Resources and Geological Regions, Part II

  • Apply basic geologic concepts to geologic features.
  • Assess the use of fossil fuels and minerals.
  • Distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable resources.
  • Identify historical events influenced by the depletion of natural resources.

Earth’s Resources and Geological Regions, Part I

  • Apply basic geologic concepts to geologic features.
  • Assess the use of fossil fuels and minerals.
  • Distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable resources.
  • Identify historical events influenced by the depletion of natural resources.

Water, Desert, and Climate, Part II

  • Hypothesize the future effect of climate change on the Earth.
  • Describe the effects of glacial action on land formation.
  • Describe processes involved with creating desert landscapes.
  • Explain the pathways of the hydrologic cycle.

Water, Desert, and Climate, Part I

  • Hypothesize the future effect of climate change on the Earth.
  • Describe the effects of glacial action on land formation.
  • Describe processes involved with creating desert landscapes.
  • Explain the pathways of the hydrologic cycle.

Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks, Part II

  • Interpret structures from topographic and geologic maps.
  • Compare faults and folds.
  • Compare extrusive and intrusive igneous rocks.
  • Explain the role of plate tectonics in the origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks.

Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks, Part I

  • Interpret structures from topographic and geologic maps.
  • Compare faults and folds.
  • Compare extrusive and intrusive igneous rocks.
  • Explain the role of plate tectonics in the origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks.

Geologic Time and Sedimentary Rocks, Part I

  • Distinguish between the effects of weathering and erosion.
  • Explain the role of plate tectonics in the origin of sedimentary rock.
  • Explain the role of fossils in the development of the Geologic Column.
  • Compare ways of evaluating geologic time.

Introduction to Earth and Plate Tectonics

  • Describe the theory of plate tectonics.
  • Use techniques to identify minerals.
  • Identify the evolutionary processes of Earth.
  • Describe basic concepts of geology.

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