Introduction to Geology
Course Type: Intro Level Physical 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
(1) Students will NOT be turned off to science;
(2) Students will be better able how to observe and think about landscapes and other aspects of Earth;
(3) Students will better understand the relevance of geology to their local geologic setting and the larger societal issues, like resources;
(4) Students will understand main geologic concepts and demonstrate an ability to apply geologic concepts;
(5) Students will become more informed citizens and leave class with an interest in learning more.
References and Notes:
I wrote it specifically to free me and other instructors from simply delivering content, so we could address our other goals. Students can learn from this book on their own, an instructor can clearly indicate to the student what is important, and the book de-emphasizes terms, emphasizes process, and has inquiry embedded throughout it.
Lab manual: Observing and Interpreting Geology, Reynolds and others
We developed this lab manual and associated website at ASU to situate authentic learning around a place (a virtual world called Painted Canyon) and to put things in a Southwestern context. We've used it for over a decade with great results.
We heavily use Iview3D files and Google Earth, to provide students with interactive representations of geologic places and to give them an opportunity to observe and to explore ideas.
We have been very heavily influenced by cognitive and science-education research, and we try to have everything we do be consistent with the best documented educational principles and practices.