Physical Science: Geology
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
MTH 060 or minimum placement Math Level 10.
Introduces students to the study of the ever-changing Earth, with a focus on hands-on exploration. Designed for students with limited geology background. Field trips will occasionally substitute for labs.
1. Construct the fundamental concepts of geology by observing and interpreting geologic information.
2. Apply understanding of geologic concepts to the world around them at a personal, community and global level.
3. Recognize the components of scientific inquiry, which includes creating and testing hypotheses as well as communicating results to others in order to challenge and reach consensus.
4. Practice scientific inquiry in order to discover answers to geologic questions.
• The Nature of Science (a.k.a., The Scientific Process)
• Rock classification
• Energy transfer
• Isostasy Density
• Plate Tectonics
• Heat transfer
Field trips may require student transportation. Carpooling is encouraged, and COCC vans may be available.
Grades are determined based on exams (short-answer), homework, collaboration and field trip participation.
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