GEOL 101, Fall 2007
Professor F.M. Chester
Geology 101, Principles of Geology, Fall 2007
Professor Frederick M. Chester
Room 130, Halbouty Building
Office Hours: By appointment
TTh 9:35 – 10:50 AM
Room 101, Old Halbouty Building
Attendance is required. I will assign reading in the text,
and explain particularly important concepts.
Required text: Understanding Earth, Fifth Edition, Grotzinger, Jordan, Press, and Siever,
and Co., New York, 579 pp.
The syllabus, announcements, and other course material will be posted on the World Wide Web using the
TAMU WebCT Vista service (http://elearning.tamu.edu) or if needed, on my older course web page at
If you do not know how to use e-mail, the internet, WebCT Vista, or do not know your TAMU NetID and
password, then you may receive help from Computing and Information Services.
The laboratory sessions begin the first week, and laboratory attendance is mandatory. You will receive a
syllabus for the laboratory at the first lab meeting. If you miss the first lab, you must go to another Physical
Geology lab during the first week and complete the exercise. Otherwise, go to Halbouty room 7 or 9 and
complete the exercise with the help of one of the Teaching Assistants.
Examination and Grading
The final course grade will be based on four lecture exams (75%), the laboratory (25%). The four lecture
exams are evenly weighted, and you are required to take each exam. Exams will be closed book and will cover
the material presented in the lectures, as well as related material in the textbook and on the web.