, University of Montana
What are minerals? How do rocks form? Can rocks bend? How do we know the age of rocks? This course will explore these questions through a study of the fundamentals of earth processes and materials.
Entry Level Earth Science Course Size
greater than 150
Students enroll in separate lecture and lab components. The lecture is taught by the professor and the lab is taught by TAs.
University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs
This is an introductory course with no pre-requisites that satisfies a general education requirement. There is a separate but optional laboratory course that students can choose to enroll in. The vast majority of the students (>95%) are non-majors.
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
This is a basic physical geology course. Topics covered include plate tectonics, minerals, rocks, geologic structures, geologic time, and surface processes. It is a large lecture course with >200 students, so there are not any field experiences included as part of this course.
- Students will understand the geological processes responsible
for shaping the earth.
- Students will be able to interpret geologic observations and
make interpretations of the geologic history of a region.
- Students will understand the processes that build and destroy
mountain belts, processes that create new rocks and minerals, and
how these processes have operated through geologic time.
Interactive lectures using iclickers.
It works well for large lecture courses where it becomes more difficult to include individualized assignments.
Exams, iclicker participation and quizes
Syllabus (Microsoft Word 65kB Jul8 08)
References and Notes:
Course text: Essentials of Geology, Stephen Marshak
It's well-written and concise in covering the topics I'm interested in.
Students enjoy it and there is good ancillary support.
We use the NAGT Lab Manual, which is well-written with good exercises