In your department, do majors and non-majors take separate introductory courses?
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. At present that is the case but we plan to revise our curriculum and that will not be the case. BUT we are seeking some content and skills across the three different intro course to prepare the majors with a minimum of content and skills to move on to historical geology.
- to provide students with a basic understanding of earth materials and processes,
- to introduce the methods that geoscientists use to explore the Earth,
- to increase student appreciation and understanding of the Earth,
- to produce knowledgeable citizens that can make informed decisions concerning geologic issues.
Class will consist of lecture, discussion, Powerpoint, demonstrations, and videos that reinforce the important topics of the text. Useful materials and current news items will be posted in Blackboard. Work in lab will complement the lecture material and demonstrate methods used by geologists. Field study, in the form of trips on and off campus, will used to broaden your understanding of geoscience. I will frequently ask you to write about your thoughts and feelings about science and the class and to speculate on how science works, etc.
In class quizzes etc
Accesible to the students. ~ well illustrated.