G101: Introduction to Geology: Solid Earth
In your department, do majors and non-majors take separate introductory courses?
Yes. Both courses cover the same topics.
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?
Yes. In some cases this may be waived by the department.
- I want students to better understand the natural world and become more curious of how the Earth works.
- I want students to become better informed citizens, so when the media makes statements about science and geology, they can better evaluate them.
- I want students to develop and improve life-long learning skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork.
- Students will be able to integrate a variety of data sets to interpret plate tectonic settings.
- Students will be able to identify common igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and rock-forming minerals.
- Students will be able to predict where common rock types form given a geologic scenario.
- Students will be able to describe evidence for past subduction zone earthquakes in the PNW and predict future hazards.
- Students will be able to apply quantitative methods to solve a geologic problem.
- Use geospatial technologies to solve geologic problems and answer geologic questions.
- The course has weekly reading quizzes to provide incentive for students to do the reading and have background before class.
- The course has weekly GoogleEarth assignments to assist students in developing spatial skills.
- The course has a capstone lab in which mock outcrops are described and interpreted in the context of plate tectonics.
Ease of reading, use of photographs and figures.