Sep 23, 2023
ENSC 210 - Physical and Environmental Geology
Units: 4 ; Breadth Area: GE-B1, GE-B3
Nature and distribution of earth materials, the processes by which the materials are formed and altered, and the nature and development of the landscape.
Equivalent Quarter Course: GEOL 2100 or GEOL 2101.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F grading only.
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-B1 - Lower Division Physical Science, GE-B3 - Lower Division Laboratory Activity
Cross-listed: GEOL 210.
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Lecture Component: Examine the fundamental materials of geology - minerals, rocks (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic) and fossils, topographic and geologic maps, surface and ground water.
- Appreciate and understand plate tectonic theory and its fundamental role in virtually all geologic processes.
- Develop an appreciation and understanding of the vast nature of geologic time, its importance to plate tectonic theory and its role in the evolution of life on the planet.
- Explore an issue of Global Change involving research and critical analysis of an important aspect, and present results in a open (student chosen) format.
- Laboratory Component: Identify and analyze earth materials and understand their origins, uses and implications.
- Develop facility with Google Earth, and topographic maps and be able to construct topographic cross sections.
- Demonstrate familiarity with, and ability to analyze geologic maps and interpret them in both 2- and 3-dimensions.
- Evaluate, analyze rates and predict future geologic consequences of current plate tectonic motion.
- Analyze, interpret and characterize flow in porous media, and calculate hydraulic conductivity in simple geologic materials.
- Demonstrate simple mapping skills in the field.
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.
- 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.
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