Introduction to Physical Geology
In your department, do majors and non-majors take separate introductory courses? no
If students take a "non-majors" course, and then decide to become a major, do they have to go back and take an additional introductory course? no
1. Outline evidence for plate tectonics and the theory of sea-floor spreading;
2. Diagram and describe a cross-section of the Earth's interior;
3. Utilize keys to identify minerals and rocks;
4. List the most common properties utilized to distinguish minerals;
5. List the most common elements abundant in the Earth's crust;
6. Distinguish between igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks;
7. Diagram and describe intrusive igneous formations such as dike, sill, laccolith, batholith;
8. Discuss the relationship between magma composition and volcano type;
9. Present a detailed description of the hydrologic cycle;
10. List the roles played by subsurface water as a geologic agent;
11. Describe the youthful, mature and old age stages in the cycle of stream development;
12. Describe the processes and byproducts of weathering;
13. Distinguish between various types of glaciers, how they form and how they move;
14. Describe coastal erosion processes and coastal landform features;
15. Describe causes of earthquakes and distinguish between the types of earthquake waves;
16. Diagram and describe various types of faults and folds;
17. Interpret the geologic history of deformed rocks;
18. Diagram and describe the rock cycle;
19. Describe some of the basic history of a rock sample by interpreting the features of the rock sample.
20. Interpret data on a topographic map and a geologic map;
21. Plot and interpret data relating to flood hazard zones, climate change and earthquake activity;
22. Describe the 3 major events in the geologic history of Connecticut.
References and Notes:
This book has good visuals and is utilized in other area colleges and universities.
Lab text: Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, 8th Edition; R.M. Busch, editor, AGI and NAGT, 2009
Exellent graphics and photos, good activities in a work-book format. Current data and internet references.
We also utilize data from USGS web sites, and we discuss articles from GeoTimes and other periodicals.