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GLG 102 Historical Geology
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2015
AGEC: Physical and Biological Sciences  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F Only

Description: Rocks, fossils, organic evolution, geologic time, plate tectonics, earth's origin, and the major time periods of earth history.

Prerequisites: RDG094

Corequisites: NA

Recommendations: NA

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Describe the historical development of modern geologic thought and the scientific method.
2. (Evaluation Level) Explain the Principle of Uniformitarianism and contrast it to other ideas like Catastrophism and Creationism.
3. (Comprehension Level) Explain the basic natural laws and principles upon which the science of geology is based.
4. (Analysis Level) Identify a select group of common minerals after determining their physical properties.
5. (Analysis Level) Identify a select group of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks after determining their mineral composition and texture. Then briefly explain how these rocks formed.
6. (Analysis Level) Identify a select group of common fossils and describe their methods of preservation.
7. (Evaluation Level) Demonstrate skill in using topographic and geologic maps along with air and space photos to make geologic interpretations. Using geologic maps, determine rock types and ages. Also determine the strike and dips of the beds, and identify different geologic structures. Use this skill to interpret the local geology and describe the geologic history of the map area.
8. (Synthesis Level) Demonstrate knowledge of the major physical features of the Earth, including the Earth's internal structure,
features of continents, ocean basins, and those produced by the tectonic and hydrologic systems. Also, describe the sources of energy that drive these systems and the Earth features produced by their operation over long periods of geologic time.
9. (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 and how absolute dates were determined for these periods.
10. (Synthesis Level) Describe some of the current theories regarding the origin of the Earth.
11. (Synthesis Level) List the major advances in the chronological development of life upon the Earth and relate these to the major periods of the Geologic Time Scale and the theory of organic evolution.
12. (Synthesis Level) List the major geologic events in the development of the Earth's surface and explain their occurrence using the theory of plate tectonics.
13. (Synthesis Level) Describe the fossil evidence for prehistoric humans and relate this evidence to the origin of humans.
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