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Geology: Earth System Science

GEOL 001 Z1 (CRN: 60001)

4 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: GEOL 001 Z3

About GEOL 001 Z1

An introduction to the earth as a closed system, the cycling of materials and energy within it, and how it interacts with the hydrosphere and atmosphere. May not be taken for credit concurrently with, or following receipt of, credit for GEOL 002.


Andrea Lini ()

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Dates: May 19 - June 13, 2014; Final exam will take place on Friday, June 13th; Lab fee: $75; Instructor permission required

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Section Description

Course Objectives: 1- Gain an understanding of the Earth and how it functions. Student should be able interpret the landscape in terms of its geologic history, understand the scale of geologic time, and understand why different parts of the world look the way they do and are subject to different natural processes 2- Understand how humans are affected by and in turn affect the Earth System 3- Develop observational, analytical, and critical thinking skills that can be used to make informed decisions about the Earth, but that can also be applied to new or unfamiliar material

Section Expectation

Outdoor Labs are an INTEGRAL part of this course Geologic knowledge is primarily gathered from field investigations. The field trips and labs will develop your skills of observation and description. Dress appropriately!! Be prepared for hot weather, sun, cold weather, wind, rain, poison ivy, and rough, muddy ground. Clothing I would suggest includes the following: Sturdy boots or sneaks A hat for sun and bugs if they bother you Shorts are OK. Some areas are brushy and if you don't like scratches wear long pants. Raincoat/Windbreaker/Umbrella Warm shirt/sweater/parka for cool days Essential equipment for labs and field trips are: Hard cover Notebook Clipboard for carrying maps Pencils and erasers (You will be making lots of sketches; pens are disappointingly permanent.) A couple of colored pencils are very useful for coloring sketches. Also bring: Food (if you're inclined to get hungry) Coffee (if you're inclined to get sleepy) Water (if you're inclined to get thirsty)


Grading: There will be one midterm exam, one final exam and lab write-ups. See the syllabus for assigned readings from the textbook. The midterm exam is a take-home exam consisting of short answer questions. The final exam will be comprehensive (75 questions with multiple choice answers and a rock specimen), although it will emphasize material presented during the second half of the course. There is no clear distinction between lecture and lab material. The labs are an integral part of this class and material presented during the lab will appear on tests. Please Note: Any student missing more than one lab for any reason will be asked to take an incomplete for the course. Your final grade will be based on the above criteria weighted as follows: Midterm 20% Final 30% Lab Write-ups 40% Participation & Attendance 10%


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