May 17, 2022  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22
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GEOL 2210 - Earth and Life History

A nontechnical survey exploring the 4.5 billion-year history of the interaction between life and the environment. Topics include the origin of the Earth, the origin and development of life, the origin and evolution of the continents, the history of the atmosphere and ocean, catastrophic extinctions, and the impact of human evolution.

Credit Hours: 3
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
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMNS Natural Sciences
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to apply scientific methods of inquiry appropriate to geological and biological 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 science related to the history of the Earth including: the origin and evolution of continents and oceans, major changes in plate arrangement through geologic time
  • Students will be able to explainthe scientific basis for evolution via natural selection, the origin and evolution of life, the key inhabitants during specific intervals of Earth history, the primary factors that control atmospheric composition and global
  • Students will be able to explain how human activity influences the climate system.
  • Students will be able to evaluate evidence-based scientific arguments and test hypotheses related to this history of Earth and life and distinguish between scientific and non¿scientific evidence and explanations.
  • Students will be able to communicate how scientific findings related to Earth history contribute to the modern world including climatic and biotic changes.

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