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Instructor – Dr. Brooks Britt
Teaching Assistant – Kat Robertson
Office: S-387 ESC
Office: C-371 ESC
Lecture Hours: 9-9:50 MWF
Historical Geology, 6
Lab Hours: Sec1: 1-2:50,
Sec 2: 3-4:50
Interpreting Earth History 7
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Geology 112 is an introduction for Geological Science majors to the history of Earth and
These histories are unraveled and put into order utilizing principles of
stratigraphy, structure, and paleontology.
It covers essential concepts and methods that
allow geologists and paleontologists to recognize and interpret events that transpired in
Earth’s deep past.
The study of geology and fossils allows scientists to decipher records
of ancient environments which 1) provide information on climate change through time
and how organisms adapt to new environments and 2) aide in the search for essential
resources such as metals, building materials, and fossil/nuclear fuels.
This course, along
with Geology 111, serves as a foundation for geology courses such as Field Studies,
Stratigraphy/Sedimentology, Structure, Paleontology, and more.
Upon successful completion of this course students will:
Know the geologic time scale and how to place events into a temporal framework using
fossils, lithostratigraphy, and absolute dating techniques.
Be able to identify sedimentary rocks, stratigraphic relationships, fossils, and facies and
use them to recognize depositional environments and sequences.
Understand core concepts of organic evolution, its evidences, the phylogenetic history of
selected clades, and how life changed Earth.
Know the North American sequence stratigraphic packages and orogenies.
Understand how plate tectonics has impacted the lithosphere and life through time.
Have developed basic scientific inquiry skills, plus oral and written communication
techniques through a group presentation and individual short reports and term papers.
Be able to read geologic maps.
Understanding the nature and relationships of science and religion.