GS 106 : Physical Science: Geology

Transcript title

Physical Science: Geology



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours


Lab hours


Recommended preparation

MTH 060.


Examines how the Earth's interior transfers energy to the surface, with a guided inquiry focus. Students work closely in groups to discover geologic ideas. Field trips will occasionally substitute for labs, with multiple options to ensure accessibility for every student.

Learning outcomes

1. Students will have an effective understanding of the basic concepts, processes, and analytic tools as they are currently understood in the science of geology. These include fundamental scientific theories such as plate tectonics and geologic age determinations. GS 106 will expose students to a diversity of topics within the realm of geology and explore the relationships among other scientific disciplines. (ex: chemistry of minerals; fossil record of biologic organisms)
2. Through inquiry-based, hands-on laboratory activities and field experiences students will develop specific experimental skills and knowledge leading to the ability to identify, implement, and interpret scientific information as it relates to geology. Students will apply their knowledge and skills and employ logical scientific methodologies in a variety of numerical and descriptive problem solving situations.
3. Students will enhance their communication skills through oral and written activities such as poster presentations, term papers, computer presentations, test essay questions, interactive questioning and lab write-ups.
4. Students will be able to evaluate and articulate the application and relevance of specific geology topics to the world around them at a personal, community, and global level. As a result, students will understand the significant role of science and geology in particular in modern society. Moreover, students will become more scientifically literate citizens capable of formulating informed logical opinions regarding the application of science and technology to solving such problems as pollution, energy demands, minerals extraction, and geologic hazards.

Content outline

The Nature of Science (a.k.a., The Scientific Process)
Rock classification
Energy transfer
Isostasy Density
Plate Tectonics
Heat transfer

Required materials

Field trips will require student transportation. Carpooling is encouraged.

Grading methods

Grades are determined based on exams (short-answer), homework, collaboration and field trip participation.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Discipline Studies/Science Lab

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