2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Jul 12, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

GLG 102 - Introduction to Geology II


Description: Earth's origin and history, including plate tectonics and the consequent movement and distribution of lands and seas through time; basic concepts of age-dating, stratigraphy, and the study of fossils; the geologic time scale and development of life on earth.

Prerequisites: GLG 101  or GLG 110 /ENV 110 . Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 4
Lecture: 3
Lab: 3

Course Content:
  1. Sedimentary rocks
  2. Stratigraphy and sedimentation
  3. Plate tectonics: plate boundaries; plate motions through time; implications for regional/global landscape development through time
  4. Relative and absolute dating
  5. Geologic time and the development of the geologic time scale
  6. Evolution
  7. Fossil organisms, including identifications, classification, and basic morphology
  8. Geologic eras, periods, and epochs, particularly the details of North American continental development
  9. Development of life from its beginnings to the present
  10. Maps: geologic, paleogeographic, lithofacies, paleotectonic, and isopach
     

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate physical and natural phenomena. (1-3, 6, 7, 9)
    1. Recognize sedimentary rocks.
    2. Describe the development of life forms known from rocks, through time.
    3. Describe the effects of plate movements on the global landscape
    4. Identify basic fossils.
    5. Identify life forms through time.
  2. Identify the unifying themes of the scientific field of study. (2-4, 6)
    1. Describe and utilize the principles of stratigraphy and sedimentation.
    2. Describe plate tectonics as the unifying theory for earth science.
    3. Identify and describe the principles of relative and absolute age-dating methods.
    4. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate and explain the major evidence for evolution and some of its potential consequences. 
  3. Interpret the numerical and/or graphical presentation of scientific data. (3-8)
    1. Identify, synthesize, interpret, and evaluate data associated with the discipline of historical geology. 
    2. Draw conclusions from geologic data presented on graphs or charts regarding sedimentary rocks, stratigraphy, plate tectonics, age dating, geologic time, evolution and fossils.
  4. Use the tools and equipment necessary for basic scientific analysis and research. (7, 10)
    1. Use maps: geologic, paleogeographic, lithofacies, paleotectonic, and isopach.
    2. Identify basic fossils.
  5. Record the results of investigation through writing. (1-10)