Physical Geology
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Physical Science requirement.

DESCRIPTION: For majors in Geology, Engineering, Forestry, Construction and other programs. Includes a study of our earth and the processes that formed it's features. Students who take Geology 111 must register for Geology 111L. Students who take Geology 111 may not receive credit for Geology 101.
TAUGHT: Winter, Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Physical Geology is an introductory geology course and would serve anyone planning to work in the natural sciences. Physical geology focuses on the active processes that continue to shape and modify the surface of the earth including volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, and landslides.
1. Earth and earth systems
2. Minerals
3. Igneous rocks
4. Weathering
5. Sedimentary rocks
6. Metamorphic rocks
7. Geology time
8. Crustal deformation/structure
9. Atmosphere/ocean system
10. River systems
11. Groundwater
12. Mass wasting
13. Glaciers
14. Deserts
15. Shoreline systems
16. Plate Tectonics
17. Earthquakes/seismicity
18. Natural resources
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Acquire a basic understanding of the physical and chemical structure of the Earth.
2. Become aware of the interconnectedness of te physical processes active on the earth.
3. Learn te basic building blocks of how mnerals from and examples of the nost common groups of minerals.
4. Develop basic understanding of igneous processes, intrusive and extrusive rock types, plutonic and volcanic features.
5. Know basic concepts of weathering and development of soils.
6. Learn how sedimentary rocks are formed, rules for classification of sedimentary rocks and how environments of deposition can be inferred for ancient rocks.
7. Know the basic concepts of metamorphism and how metamorphic rocks are classified.
8. Learn the basic concepts of Geologic time, relative dating techniques and the usefulness of radiometric dating techniques.
9. Know the basic types of geologic sructures and associated stresses.
10. Learn the hydrolic system including the oceans and shorelines, streams and groundwater.
11. Gain a basic understanding of mass wasting, including how to recognize areas that might be more prone to mass wasting events.
12. Gain understanding into the climatic changes that have occurred in the past and may occur in the present, recognizing landforms and deposits associated with glaciers and deserts.
13. Learn about earthquakes and understand the concepts of plate tectonics as the unifying concept of modern geology.
14. Recognize the importance of natural resources to society, the finite nature of some resources vs. renewable resources.
REQUIREMENTS: Concurrent registration in Geology 111 lab and field trip attendance.