Designed for non-science majors and no prerequisites, this course explores introductory geology concepts in the classroom and through field trips. Topics include the Earth’s formation, plate tectonics, geologic time, mineral and rock identification, landform interpretation, and their relationship to cultural history. Students investigate both the process and content of geology through activities, collaborative learning, and local field trips. Concepts are applied to deciphering the state’s ancient geology, geography, and critical environmental issues.
- The course primarily uses handouts with a suggested textbook.
- The class meets for two-hour class periods twice a week that include local field trips during class time plus 3 or 4 daylong field trips on the weekends to areas of interest.