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A general guide to resources to support geology classes at LSC-University Park.

GEOL 1403 Course Info

Physical Geology is a basic science course that focuses on Earth, including its composition, processes of change, history and the tools and methods used to study it.

  1. Describe how the scientific method has led to our current understanding of Earth's structure and processes.
  2. Interpret the origin and distribution of minerals, rocks and geologic resources.
  3. Describe the theory of plate tectonics and its relationship to the formation and distribution of Earth's crustal features. 
  4. Quantify the rates of physical and chemical processes acting on Earth and how these processes fit into the context of geologic time.
  5. Communicate how surface processes are driven by interactions among Earth's systems (e.g., the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere).
  6. Identify and describe the internal structure and dynamics of Earth
  7. Describe the interaction of humans with Earth (e.g., resource development or hazard assessment).
  8. Lab: Classify rocks and minerals based on chemical composition, physical properties, and origin
  9. Apply knowledge of topographic maps to quantify geometrical aspects of topography.
  10. Identify landforms on maps, diagrams, and/or photographs and and explain the process that created them. 
  11. Differentiate the types of plate boundaries and their associated features on maps and profiles and explain the processes the occur at each type of boundary.
  12. Identify basic structural features on maps, block diagrams and cross sections and infer how they were created. 
  13. Demonstrate the collection, analysis, and reporting of data.

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