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GLG 101 Physical Geology
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2015
SUN#: 1101
AGEC: Physical and Biological Sciences  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F Only
Cross-Listed: None

Description: Basic principles of geology. Earth's minerals and rocks, external and internal processes, energy resources, and planetary geology.

Prerequisites: RDG094


Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Review the steps of the scientific method and describe the basic principles upon which the science of geology is based.
2. (Comprehension Level) Describe the historical development of modern geologic thought.
3. (Analysis Level) After physically examining various mineral samples, determine a variety of physical properties of minerals, including hardness, cleavage, luster and streak. Using this information, identify the minerals.
4. (Evaluation Level) After physically examining common igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, determine their mineral composition and texture. Using this information, identify the samples and write a brief explanation of how these rocks formed.
5. (Application Level) Demonstrate skill in using topographic maps by determining latitude, longitude and elevation for given locations.
Also, determine distances between locations and identify all major map features.
6. (Analysis Level) Explain the differences between relative and absolute geologic dates and be able to determine relative dates from a block diagram. Identify the major portions of the geologic time scale and explain how this great expanse of time was divided into smaller periods.
7. (Evaluation Level) Using geologic maps, determine rock types and ages. Also determine the strike and dips of the beds, and identify different geologic structures.
8. (Evaluation Level) Demonstrate the use of stereo glasses to see 3D images of geologic features shown on air photos. Use this skill to interpret the geology.
9. (Knowledge Level) Demonstrate knowledge of all of the major physical features of the Earth, including those of the deep interior, continents and ocean basins.
10. (Evaluation Level) Summarize the basic components of the hydrologic and tectonic systems. Describe the sources of energy that drive these systems and the Earth features produced by their operation over long periods of geologic time. Compare these systems to those operating on other planets.
11. (Synthesis Level) Summarize the major geologic hazards faced by humans and how they can avoid them.
12. (Synthesis Level) List the major mineral and energy resources used by humans and describe their geologic occurrence.
13. (Synthesis Level) Describe some of the basic relationships that exist between humans and the Earth upon which they live. Show how the choices they will make are related to some of the dangers they will face in the future.
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