Geoscience 202: Physical Geology
Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University
of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Office: LS 463, Phone: 465-2246
email: firstname.lastname@example.org, HOME PAGE: http://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs
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|Jan. 25- Jan. 27
||Introduction to the course
|Feb. 1 - Feb. 3
- Feb. 10
||Igneous Rocks and Volcanoes
||Ch. 3, 4
||Weathering and Erosion
||Ch. 5, 9, 11
- Feb. 24
||Evolution of Landscapes
- Mar. 3
|Mar. 8 - Mar. 10
||Evolution, Fossils, Geologic Time
|Mar. 12 - Mar. 20
|Mar. 22 - Mar. 24
|Mar. 29 - Mar. 31
||Wind and Coastal Erosion
||Ch. 13, 14, 18
|Apr. 5 - Apr. 7
||Metamorphism and Deformation
||Ch. 7, 15
|Apr. 12 - Apr. 14
||Earthquakes and Earth's Interior
||Ch. 16, 17
|Apr. 19 - Apr. 21
||Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics
||Ch. 19, 20
- Apr. 28
||Resources from the Earth
3 - May 5
||Geology of other Worlds
May 10, Tuesday FINAL EXAM 8:00-10:00 AM in ES 114
Exams are multiple choice, 1 pt. per question.
Field trip will be held Saturday, April 16.
Text: Plummer, Physical Geology
Lab Manual: Jones, Physical Geology.
General Course Expectations
Your intention should be to
learn the course material, not merely answer test questions or get a
grade. This course is geared toward the needs of committed students who are
interested in the subject.
You are expected to
retain what you have learned and integrate it with new material
- Course materials are NOT on D2L.
- You are responsible for being aware of any changes in class schedule or
- If you elect not to attend lecture, you must make arrangements for
finding out about changes.
- You are responsible for checking your campus e-mail account for
messages. Your account can be accessed from anywhere via the campus home
page. I will not send messages to private accounts.
- A credit is defined as three hours of work per week. Count on spending
two hours outside of class to assimilate an hour's worth of lecture
properly. Cramming just does not work. You're better off getting a good
night's sleep before class. In fact, some studies indicate the best approach
is NOT to study for 24 hours before the exam, but give your brain a chance
to digest what you have learned.
- You are responsible for reading, learning and remembering the material
on this syllabus.
- Material on the syllabus is testable.
- E-mails asking about material on this syllabus ("when is the field
trip?") will be docked a point.
- You are responsible for keeping all course materials and records until
your final grades are in.
- Professional conduct is mandatory for a passing grade. Talking in class,
use of electronic devices (except for taking notes) and leaving during class
without approval are unacceptable behavior for adult college students
- Class ends at 12;20. Everything before then is class time
- Makeups for missed exams (absence, illness, etc.) must be taken within
48 hours of your return to campus. It is your responsibility to set up the
appointment. Makeups must be arranged face to face, not by phone or e-mail.
- There is NO after the fact extra credit. The time to get a good grade is
Sample test questions are available on
line. These questions are provided as a convenience to
students who want to know what sorts of questions I ask. Please note:
Field trips leave from the Green Parking lot at 8:00 on the scheduled date and return
about 4:15 P.M.
General Field Trip Guidelines
- You must join the trip at UW-Green Bay, not at one of the stops.
- Clothing should be casual. Long sleeves and trousers are recommended, along with tennis
shoes. Wear something you can get dirty. There is no strenuous hiking.
- Bring a lunch. There will be rest stops at gas stations where you can buy something.
- Bring plenty of fluids. Even on a cold day you can get surprisingly dehydrated.
- No alcoholic beverages are permitted.
- There are ticks in the brush at a couple of stops. Long sleeves and trousers are
recommended. Check yourself carefully.
- Because of insurance concerns, students may not bring private vehicles on the trip. You
must use the transportation provided.
- Students who live in the Crivitz area may be dropped off there after the field trip is
over. You are solely responsible for your ride arrangements.
- If you are excused from the trip for work or some other valid
reason, I will supply an alternative way to get the field trip points.
This is not a substitute for the trip.
Basic Goals of the Course (What we are Trying to Do)
- Understand the interactions between the solid earth, hydrosphere and
- Know some of the important mineral and rock materials that make up the
surface of the Earth
- Understand how water and ice modify the surface of the earth
- Know why earthquakes occur where they do, and how they endanger human
life and property.
- Know why volcanoes occur where they do, and how they endanger human life
- Understand how mineral resources form, and understand their finite
- Be able to describe plate tectonics and its connection to earthquakes,
volcanoes, and mountain building
- Understand geologic time and know some of the major milestones in the
evolution of the Earth
Understand ocean currents and tides and why they occur
Know how oceans affect shorelines and humans that live near them
Understand rocky, gas giant, and ice planets
- Be able to follow chains of ideas and events
- Be able to connect ideas from several different subject areas
- Be able to learn new material and connect it to previously learned ideas
so that you can recall it
- Understand how geoscientists decipher the history of the earth
- Understand why geoscientists believe the earth is ancient and how they
find the ages of rocks
- Understand why geoscientists believe in plate tectonics
- Be able to determine distance and direction on a map
- Be able to visualize terrain from a map and identify geologic features
- Be able to identify principal rocks and minerals using simple methods
- Understand what geologic maps show and how to interpret them
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