NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog 
    
    Sep 22, 2019  
NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog [This is an Archived Catalog.]

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GEOL 1070 - The Earth: Its Physical Environment


This course discusses selected topics from geology, astronomy and meteorology illustrating fundamental concepts, processes, products and the interrelationships among them. Emphasizes nature of science and relationship between selected topics and society. Primarily for elementary education majors (who should also enroll in EDCI 1450 concurrently), this course may be used as a laboratory earth science course for other non-science majors and general studies students. 

Credits: 4

Instructional Method Lecture and Lab

General Education Requirement: Physical Science
Comments: This course meets UW’s Physical and Natural World requirement.

Co-requisites:
EDCI 1450 – Earth Science for Elementary Education

Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of GEOL 1070 The Earth: Its Physical Environment, the student will:

  1. Compare the basic celestial motions of the planets, sun, and moon.
  2. Examine how the nature of light and gravity is applied to the study of celestial bodies.
  3. Outline the differences between and among Terrestrial and Jovian planets.
  4. Examine the various techniques used to measure the distances to celestial objects.
  5. Compare the evolution of stars of various masses and their ultimate fates.
  6. Characterize the theory of plate tectonics and its supporting evidence.
  7. Explain the origin and diversity of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, and associated economic deposits.            
  8. Distinguish laboratory specimens of common igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock types.
  9. Examine the techniques of relative and absolute geologic dating.
  10. Characterize the nature of earthquakes and their global distribution.
  11. Examine the nature of ground and surface water and environmental remediation techniques.
  12. Examine the paleoclimatology of the past two million years and the techniques used to reconstruct this history.


Program Outcomes
Upon completion of GEOL 1070 The Earth: Its Physical Environment, the student will:

Elementary Education AS

PO#2 Construct learning experiences based on current best practices, developmental theories, and state and national standards.



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