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Physical Geology

Sarah Tindall

Kutztown University
Public four-year institution, primarily undergraduate

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Resource Type: Course Information:Goals/Syllabi, Course Information
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Ready for Use: Course Goals Only
Course Type: Entry Level:Physical Geology
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Course Context:

This is an introductory course intended for students majoring in geology or other sciences. It satisfies the university's general education requirement in science, and is a prerequisite for all upper-level geology courses. The class meets for three one-hour periods and one three-hour period each week.

Course Goals:

Students should be able to interpret the geologic history, tectonic setting, hazards and potential resources of an unfamiliar area using multiple data sets.

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

The course is structured around an activity, or set of activities, each week. Assignments provide students with practice reading maps, utilizing various kinds of data, and making interpretations. Activities build on each other, so that skills learned early in the semester are necessary to complete later, more complicated assignments.

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