Sep 19, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22
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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.

Requisites: No credit if taken after GEOL 2830
Credit Hours: 4
OHIO BRICKS Pillar: Natural Sciences
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 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: OSC011 Physical Geology, TAG course: OSC025 Physical Geology with Lab
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to apply scientific methods of inquiry appropriate to the geological sciences to gather and analyze data and to draw evidence¿based conclusions.
  • Students will be able to explain basic terminology, concepts and methods of modern geological sciences including: plate tectonics and its role as the unifying theory of geology; earthquakes and volcanoes; earth materials; geologic dating principles; the b
  • Students will be able to explain basic terminology, concepts and methods of modern geological sciences including the basic agents and processes that impact the earth’s surface including rivers, glaciers, wind, and oceans.
  • Students will be able to explain basic terminology, concepts and methods of modern geological sciences including how geologic resources form, how they are used, and the differences between renewable and nonrenewable resources.
  • Students will be able to evaluate evidence-based scientific arguments in a logical fashion and distinguish between scientific and non¿scientific evidence and explanations.
  • Students will be able to communicate how scientific findings contribute to the modern world including how humans act as geologic agents and evaluate the impacts we make on the environment.



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