May 08, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21
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GEOL 1010 - How The Earth Works

An introduction to the forces affecting our planet’s surface and interior features. Topics include the origins of volcanoes, earthquakes, and mountain belts along with the ways they impact people’s lives. Topics also include the roles of landslides and streams in shaping the Earth’s surface, and the formation of earth materials and mineral resources. Intended for both science and nonscience majors seeking a nontechnical overview of the Earth’s always changing and sometimes dramatic geology.

Credit Hours: 4
General Education Code: 2NS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM Course: TMNS Natural Sciences, TAG Course: OSC025 Physical Geology with Lab, TAG Course: OSC011 Physical Geology
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Be able to articulate the relationship between volcanoes, earthquakes, and mountain belts and tectonic plate boundaries.
  • Be able to identify and classify common rocks and minerals.
  • Understand basic agents and processes that impact the earth’s surface including rivers, glaciers, wind, and oceans.
  • Understand how geologic resources form, how they are used, and the differences between renewable and nonrenewable resources.
  • Understand how geologists use rocks and minerals to interpret Earth history.
  • Understand how humans act as geologic agents and the impacts we make on the environment.
  • Understand plate tectonics and its central role as the unifying theory of geology.
  • Understand the scientific basis for both relative and absolute ages in geologic time.
  • Understand the scientific process and scientific basis for geologic interpretations.

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