This collection contains the Affordable Learning Solution for the Southern University System (AL$4SUS) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Physical Geography (common course-id GEOL 100), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the Southern University Online Library for Education (SUOLforEd).
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General Course Description: GEOL 100
An introduction to the principles of geology with emphasis on Earth processes. This course focuses on the internal structure and origin of the Earth and the processes that change and shape it.
Minimum Units: 3.0
The Physical Geology course must address all of the major categories listed below and at least 75% of the subtopics.
- Introduction to Geology
- The Scientific Method
- History of Geology
- Earth Materials
- Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks
- Geologic Time and Earth History
- Geologic Time
- Relative and Absolute Dating
- Fossils and Fossilization
- Earth’s Internal Forces
- Plate Tectonics
- Vulcanism and Igneous Rocks
- Mountain Building
- Geological Structures
- Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
- Earth’s External Processes
- Weathering, Mass Wasting and Erosion
- Sediment and Sedimentary Rocks
- Surface Water Processes
- Groundwater Processes
- Oceans and Coastal Processes
- Desert Processes
- Glacial Processes
- Earth Resources
- Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources
- Metallogenic Provinces
• Optional Field Trip (see Physical Geology Laboratory)
- Explain the scientific method.
- Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of fundamental concepts, principles, and interactions of Earth’s systems applicable to the Geological Sciences.
- Apply understanding of the internal and external processes that shape and form the Earth.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the rock cycle and identify and describe the basic properties of rocks and minerals.
- Demonstrate an understanding of plate tectonics and Earth’s resources.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how geological environments are formed, changed and eroded through geological time.
- Communicate complex course concepts effectively in writing and diagrams and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to make informed decisions in life.