SCIE103 Physical Geology

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Science

I. Course Number and Title
SCIE103 Physical Geology
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Reading Placement test Level 3, or READ110 (C or better), Math Placement test score of 5 or higher, or MATH095 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course includes a laboratory component.
Scientific calculator required.

This course meets the General Education requirement for Scientific Literacy.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This lecture and laboratory course introduces the basic principles and processes of geology. Emphasis is on a wide range of topics, including rocks and minerals, topographic maps, surface processes, hydrologic systems, plate tectonics, and the earth's interior.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will :

    1. identify the major rocks and minerals;
    2. describe the rock and hydrologic cycles;
    3. describe the dynamics of plate tectonics;
    4. explain the scientific method of analysis and apply it in a variety of situations [Scientific Literacy];
    5. analyze, interpret, and apply quantitative information as it relates to geology; and
    6. identify the observable and experimental bases of science and relate them to the scientific discipline of geology [Scientific Literacy].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:

    1. scientific method
    2. minerals, rocks, the rock cycle
    3. radiometric dating, geologic time scale
    4. topographic maps
    5. weathering, erosion, mass wasting
    6. plate tectonics, earth’s interior, plate boundaries
    7. earthquakes, volcanism, mountain building
    8. hydrologic cycle
    9. rivers, groundwater, glaciers
    10. oceans, shorelines and energy
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, class participation, and projects as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus will be utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor’s syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 12/07; Core Goals/Objectives added 11/04; Revised 7/2010; 5/2013; New Core 8/2015