General Geology Course (Geo 100)

.  Course Description

Introduction to physical geology and minerals – volcanism and intrusive igneous rocks – weathering, soil, sediments and sedimentary rocks – metamorphism and metamorphic rocks – water courses and groundwater – glaciers and glaciations – deserts and coasts – geological structures – earthquakes – plate tectonics – mountain belts and continental growth – earth resources.

2. Course Main Objective


  1. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:

        a. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook, handout materials, and/or web materials.
        b. Students develop their writing skills through a variety of homework assignments, tests, and quizzes.
        c. Students develop their speaking/communications skills through class discussions, by asking questions in class verbally or through electronic media as well as interactions with their peers in and out of class.

  1. This course addresses the general education outcomes of recognition and application of scientific inquiry as follows:

        a. Students must apply the geological principles to explain various observed natural phenomena that occur on the Earth's surface as well as in the interior of the Earth.
        b. Students will develop their observation skills to be able to recognize the various geological features and materials the Earth is constructed from.
        c. Students will develop the skills of inquiry by use of the scientific method to experience, evaluate, and synthesize data as applied to various geological problems.

  1. This course addresses the general education outcomes of developing effective individual, and at times, group problem-solving and critical thinking skills as applied to geology.

a. Students will develop their ability to solve problems and think critically by applying their acquired knowledge of geology to various problems that deal with geological issues as well as geological hazards.