Oct 28, 2021
GEOL 100 - Earth Systems Science
Units: 4 ; Breadth Area: GE-B1, GE-B3; Sustainability
Introduction to the nature and evolution of the solid Earth, its composition and structure, geologic, systems and deep time, hazards and resources, the hydrosphere, atmosphere and our solar system, evolution and human interaction with the planet now and future. Lecture Units: 3; Lab Units: 1.
Credit Restrictions: Not for Geology or Environmental Sciences major or minor credit; not open to students with credit for GEOL 101.
Equivalent Quarter Course: Either GEOL 1000; or GEOL 1001 and GEOL 1002.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-B1 - Lower Division Physical Science, GE-B3 - Lower Division Laboratory Activity, Overlay - Sustainability
Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the fundamental principles of the Earth Sciences by applying these core ideas to analyze natural processes. In this course these fundamental principles and knowledge include:
- Geologic - Plate Tectonic Theory and plate-tectonic boundaries, rock-types, their formation and distribution, deformation, geologic time and the major surficial systems - fluvial, glacial & desert;
- Oceanographic - Oceans, their physiography and current systems, tides;
- Meteorologic - Weather and climate and interactions with both geologic processes and the oceans, and finally;
- Astronomic - Earth as part of the Solar system and the neighboring planets.
- The Laboratory component of the class has the following learning outcomes:
- Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the fundamental materials, tools and principles of the Earth Sciences by applying these core ideas to analyze natural processes. In this course these fundamental principles and knowledge include:
- Identification and classification of rocks and minerals.
- Introduction to and practice using topographic, geologic and surface materials maps to interpret geologic environments.
- Collect, analyze and interpret field and laboratory data, including graphing of results.
- Manipulate physical models of the major earth systems such as the oceans and Solar Systems.
- Make field observations and interpret natural and anthropogenic structures affected by fauling and erosion.
- Acquisition: Lectures address the complex interaction of earth systems, in-class demonstrations, multi-media presentations, interpretation of graphs, rate calculations and a self guided global change eProject (problem identification, information search, critical assessment of sources and data, electronic presentation) Labs introduce earth materials and topographic and geologic maps, coastal and oceanic processes, and our solar system. Assessment: In-class tests, rubric-based evaluation of eProject
B1. Physical Science Learning Outcomes
B3. Laboratory Activity Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge of scientific theories, concepts, and data about the physical sciences;
- demonstrate an understanding of scientific practices, including the scientific method; and
- describe the potential limits of scientific endeavors, including the accepted standards and ethics associated with scientific inquiry.
Sustainability Overlay Learning Outcomes
- Apply their knowledge of scientific theories, concepts, and data about the physical and sciences through laboratory activities;
- apply their understanding of scientific practices, including the scientific method in a laboratory setting; and
- demonstrate accepted standards and ethics associated with scientific inquiry, while completing laboratory activities.
- identify the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability, either in general or in relation to a specific problem;
- analyze interactions between human activities and natural systems;
- describe key threats to environmental sustainability; and
- explain how individual and societal choices affect prospects for sustainability at the local, regional, and/or global levels.
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