The purpose of this course, and for that matter all college courses, is to help you become a better thinker. As an introductory course this course is not meant to turn you into professional geologists. Although I hope this course may inspire some of you to continue in this field, in the end I will be happy if this course at least makes you better appreciate the world in which we live.
Most importantly, by the end of this semester the knowledge gained in this course will better equip you to analyze the world around you through scientific inquiry. You will be a better thinker and skills gained throughout your experience in this course will be applicable to all you do in life, especially if you become a geologist.
This course will allow you to:
- Understand the origin and composition of the earth
- Identify common minerals
- Distinguish between igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks
- Interpret the rock cycle
- Interpret geologic maps and cross-sections,
- Identify geologic structures
- Understand volcanism, mountain building, earthquakes and glaciology
- Understand plate tectonics and its relationship to earth features
- Understand basic hydrogeologic principles and the importance of groundwater