Resource Type: Course Information:Goals/Syllabi
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Paleontology
Course Type: Upper Level:Paleontology
- Students should be able to interpret the mode of life (terrestrial vs. aquatic, autotrophic vs. heterotrophic, benthic vs. planktonic) of fossil organisms based on their morphology to evaluate diversity and the non-randomness of form.
- Students should be able to evaluate the fossils (identification, mode of life, taphonomy) and characteristics of sedimentary rocks (lithology, stratigraphy) of unfamiliar outcrops to be able to predict the outcrops depositional environment and age.
- Students should be able to apply paleontological data to the exploration of critical problems such as mass extinctions and climate change.
How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:
- observation skills
- working in groups
- accessing and critically reading the geological literature