Geologic Evolution of the Earth
This four-credit lab science course introduces the student to the history of the Earth, with a focus on the evolution of the continents and the fossil record. Students will learn about geologic time, including how geologists built the geologic time scale. Basic aspects of geology, including plate tectonics, minerals and the rock cycle will be covered. Students will learn about the origin of life on earth, evolution and extinction, how fossil plants, invertebrates and vertebrates are classified. Students will gain an understanding of the Earth’s geologic history as known from rock and fossil evidence.