Dec 07, 2023
GLG 101 - Introduction to Geology I GLG 1101.
Description: Geologic principles emphasizing the structure and composition of the earth, internal and external earth processes and plate tectonics.
Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency.
General Education Competency: Scientific Literacy
- The scientific method
- Elemental composition of crust
- Physical properties of minerals
- Mineral keys and identification of common minerals
- The rock cycle
- Igneous rocks and igneous processes.
- Sedimentary rocks and sedimentary processes
- Metamorphic rocks and metamorphic processes
- Plate tectonics:
- development of theory
- plate boundaries
- implications for local/regional landscape development
- critical analysis of this theory in its historical context
- Geologic structures and their development: folds and faults
- Geologic time, including fundamental principles of historical geology
- Maps: topographic and geologic
- Critical analysis, synthesis, and expression of geologic data in a precise manner
- Use scientific reasoning to evaluate physical and natural phenomena. (1-13)
- Describe and utilize the scientific method.
- Identify rocks and minerals and rock-forming processes.
- Describe fundamental geologic principles.
- Define common geologic terms.
- Identify the unifying themes of the scientific field of study. (5-12)
- Recognize plate tectonics as the unifying theory for earth science.
- Describe the theory of plate tectonics, its historical development, and plate boundary interactions and their consequences.
- Predict outcomes of tectonic interactions.
- Interpret the numerical and/or graphical presentation of scientific data, (1-15)
- Identify, synthesize, interpret, and evaluate data associated with the discipline of physical geology.
- Draw conclusions from geologic data presented on graphs or charts regarding earth's interior, minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, seismicity, geologic time and geologic structures.
- Use the tools and equipment necessary for basic scientific analysis and research. (3-5 and 14)
- Perform laboratory skills used to identify the physical properties of minerals and rocks.
- Use a rock/mineral key.
- Use topographic and geologic maps.
- Record the results of investigation through writing. (15)