GEOL 1122: Introductory Geosciences II
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. Majors and non-majors enroll in the same introductory course (GEOL 1121 & GEOL 1122). This course is how we often are able to obtain new majors (as most students initially enroll in it for fulfilling other degree requirements).
- Explain processes of fossilization and recognize key groups in the record.
- Understand how scientists are able to date rocks using different methods and reconstruct ancient environments.
- Identify geologic landscapes and how they originated.
- Know the sequence of major events in geologic time.
- Demonstrate how humans are linked to their surroundings including recognition of hazards to be aware of as science-literate citizens.
- Read maps and in particular focus on regional features in Georgia.
- Improve their writing skills and conceptual understanding of class material through additional geological research.
- Discuss what geologists do as a profession and why the field is important.
- Foster an appreciation of the natural world and enthusiasm for learning more geology in the future!
Each semester I have a writing assignment that allows them to integrate class concepts in a unique way by studying something beyond what we cover in class (e.g., geocareers, hometown geology, geology in the movies, geology of countries and its relationship to the economy and tourism, etc). I also utilize maps and place-based learning by focusing on familiar landscapes in Georgia, follow up homework online, Jeopardy review periods before exams, and small groups activities in class to enhance their interest and understanding of various topics address in the course (e.g., interactive demos, worksheets, concept mapping, etc).
This is the book are department has used.
Mix of labs from the NAGT/AGI and materials designed by people at GSU. manual (I believe)
These are choices made by the department (except for new materials designed in part by me and a student in the College of Education).
References and Notes:
Key Reading Resources:
SmartWork homework via the Marshak Text online.
Key Pedagogic Resources:
Not texts, but experiences as a TA earlier on in my education, conversations with colleagues, and the SERC workshop last summer!
Other Supporting Materials:
Spring 2013 Writing Assignment - Writing Assignment (Acrobat (PDF) 325kB Mar11 14)