GEOL1000-A Intro To Physical Geology (Fall 2020)
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Course Details

Section will be taught totally online with no scheduled class meetings. Students must arrange for daily access to a computer and the Internet prior to the start of classes. Robert Morris labs are to be used only as a backup in special situations and may not be relied upon for extended periods of time. In addition to the Internet link, online classes have a large emphasis on email. All messages from the instructor and other information regarding online classes, including user ids, passwords, and login instructions will be sent to your Robert Morris University email account. Visit http://rmu.blackboard.com/ for more information.
Session, Dates: 1 (08/31/2020 - 12/18/2020)
Days: ONLINE
Time: -
Location: Internet/Online
Room:
Seats Available: 3 Seats
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is a general introduction to physical geology for the science major. Properties of various mineral groups and of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are reviewed. Historical development of the science of geology is reviewed. Plate tectonics and the processes of tectonism, erosion and weathering are integrated to show how landforms develop. Earth's internal structure and its magnetic and thermal properties are reviewed. The fossil record and the geologic time scale are discussed. The distribution of the earth's mineral resources and its various geologic hazards are reviewed. Course includes hands-on demonstrations of topics reviewed in lecture and experimentation utilizing the analytical techniques and equipment reviewed in the course. The course is intended to support the academic preparation of those students pursuing a degree in environmental science or another related discipline that requires an understanding of physical geology. The course provides professional preparation for environmental scientists, geologists and other earth science professionals. The course assumes some basic mastery of biology, chemistry and physics. Students not majoring in the natural sciences may enroll in the course upon consultation with their advisor.

Prerequisites: high school physics and chemistry

Co-requisite: GEOL1015

About the Instructor(s)

Kenneth A. LaSota, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geology and Earth Sciences
Science

lasota@rmu.edu
412-397-4035 phone
412-397-4075 fax
John Jay 217
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