Pretty easy, overall.
I originally was seeking a degree in environmental science. When I would go on field trips with the environmental science classes we would briefly talk about how the earth formed and it sparked my curiosity. I would gather rocks and take them to the geology department and they would identify them for me and tell me how they were formed, I did this so often that I was asked to take a geology course to see if I liked it. I took GEOL 111 with Professor Williams and it changed my life. Professor Williams is passionate about geology and makes in very interesting to listen too. It's a class that was interactive and helped me develop knowledge about this earth that I never even would have dreamed about. After class, I would walk around and look at the earth in a different perspective. Every mountain, cliff, boulder, rock, pebble, and even grain of sand had a new and exciting story to tell. I changed my major that semester and have never looked back. I believe this course is a wonderful course to take if you share any interest in geology or the earth in which we reside.
You will learn to identify common rocks and minerals and learn how they were formed. You scratch the surface of how the earth was formed, the rock cycle, earthquakes, volcanoes, ancient organism that once roamed the earth, and so much more. During this course you will have the opportunity to choose a rock or mineral and write a short paper on it. When we were given this assignment I heard a lot of sighs throughout the class (because who like writing papers?) but when it was time to turn the paper in everyone was very excited to talk about their minerals and the uses they found for it. I still have my paper on calcite, and it is my favorite mineral to this day. Near the end of the semester you will be able to do a walking tour of the city and you get to see 'Underground' Chattanooga, the original coca cola bottling plant, one of the oldest buildings in Chattanooga, funny secrets about the campus like a misspelling of Chattanooga displayed on one of our buildings on campus, buildings made from the same exact materials as the empire state building, and much more. This was a very fun and interesting class to take. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the science field.
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Advice for students:
This is an introductory course to geology. If you are going to take this course, I recommend you go to the tutor sessions hosted by the Geology club. Not only do you get extra points on your grade, but the tutors are very knowledgable and they have taken the same test you will be taking so they have an idea of what you need to know. I would spend about an hour either before or after the class reviewing notes and studying the rocks and minerals that are assigned. Once you learn the tips and tricks on how to identify the rocks/minerals, it makes the class a lot easier. The class is mostly broad concepts and does not go into too much detail in any certain subject. I wouldnt say it's an easy A, but it's not a class you would fail if you paid attention in class and asked questions.