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Introduction to Physical Geology

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Michael Kerwin

University of Denver
University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs


Physical Geology is the study of the processes, materials and morphology of the Earth. The objectives of this course are to explore the physical and chemical processes that shape the surface and interior of the Earth.

Subject: Geoscience, Geology
Resource Type: Course Information
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Course Type: Entry Level:Physical Geology
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Course Context:

This is an introductory course with no prerequisites. It is a required class for further study in Geology. Typically 50% of the students take the class in preparation for advanced study in Geology, whereas 50% of the students take the class to fulfill the University's core curriculum requirements in the natural sciences. This course has a lab section which is mandatory for all students.

Course Goals:

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Interactive lectures, discussions, laboratory exercises, and field trips are designed to allow students to explore the fundamentals of Physical Geology. Students should plan to reinforce these concepts by studying and outlining the assigned reading in the textbook. Students will be assessed based on their performance on quizzes, lecture and laboratory exams, and laboratory exercises.


Students are assessed based on their performance on quizzes, exams, and laboratory exercises.


Introduction to Physical Geology course syllabus (Microsoft Word 108kB Mar7 10)

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