Scott Johnston


California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

Scott Johnston is a geologist at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He teaches a wide variety of classes at Cal Poly including introductory geology lecture and lab classes, igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology and introductory field classes. His primary research focuses are high temperature deformation, metamorphic petrology and geochronology with applications to regional tectonic problems in the Caledonides and the North American Cordillera.

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects


Tapestry of Time: the Evolution of the North American Continent part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
In this lecture activity, groups of students use the Tapestry of Time map printed by the USGS to create cross sections that illustrate the growth of the North American continent.


Geology 102: Introduction to Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Virtual Workshop 2014:Course Descriptions
This is a lecture-based course in which students are introduced to the broad field of geology including processes related to plate tectonics, petrology, and geomorphology. This class is supported by weekly discussion sections that serve as a mini-lab where students get experience working with minerals, rocks, and maps.


Introductory geology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo: breaking down science barriers for non-majors part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Virtual Workshop 2014:Essay Collection
Scott Johnston, Physics, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Cal Poly offers two formats of Introductory Geology: GEOL 102 and GEOL 201 designed, respectively, to meet the needs of non-science ...

Events and Communities

Introductory Courses Workshop AGU 2008 Participants

Getting the Most out of Your Intro Courses 2014