Planet Earth, Quantitative Reasoning (Geol 103)

Michael Stewart

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs)


Physical geology for non-science majors. This course fulfulls quantitative reasoning requirements for non-science liberal arts degrees.

Course Type: Intro Level:Physical Geology
Course Size:

Course Context:

This is an introductory course with no pre-requesites. The majority of students are non-scienc majors taking this course to satisfy a physical science requirement and a quantitative skills requirement in the college of Arts and Sciences. There is a lab with this class.

Course Goals:

Students should be able to read and understand graphical representations of data.
Students should be able to express some evidence for the theory of plate tectonics
Students should know the age of the Earth, who measured it and how.
Students should know the structure of the Earth and some of the ways geologists 'measure it'.
Students should understand that rocks record the processes (and events) that operate on Earth and thus Earth's history.


Multiple choice exams and lab exercises.


Syllabus (Microsoft Word 49kB Jun22 06)

Teaching Materials:

References and Notes:

Essentials of Geology (Marshak, 2005).