Historical Geology (Earth History 1404)
Course Type: Intro Level Historical Geology
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
- By the end of the class you should have a good understanding of science in general, the requirements and limitations of scientific theories, and what is perhaps Geology's greatest contribution to human knowledge -- the realization and full appreciation of the true magnitude of geologic time.
- In this class you will learn how the science of Geology has been applied in the study of the rock record to determine the history of the Earth, including the history of life on Earth as revealed by fossils.
- As in any other history course, you will learn the major events and important milestones in the history of the Earth and its biota. (What happened and when it happened.)
- You will also consider the Earth and its history in the larger context of planetary processes within our solar system.
- Skills that you will utilize include reading, writing, drawing, speaking, working with computers, cooperative learning, and critical thinking.
14 lab activities are closely tied to the lecture course content. All laboratories have been created by the instructor and emphasize the local and regional geologic setting (such as Geologic Maps and Geologic Structures: A Texas Example).
By creating my own laboratories, I can emphasize what students may already know something about, south Texas, and can more effectively link lecture and lab topics.
Activity sheet for Geologic Maps and Geologic Structures: A Texas Example
References and Notes:
This text combines both Physical and Historical Geology into one Textbook.
I also assign relevant articles from current geologic literature throughout course, as well as several websites.