Course Descriptions

Introductory Geosciences I and LAB - GEOL 1121K


This is a 4 semester-credit-hour course, equivalent to an on-campus geology lecture course combined with a geology laboratory course. This course covers Earth materials and processes.

This course covers Earth materials and processes.

Students enrolling in eCore lab science courses are advised to consult with transferring institution to determine transferability of course credits.

Important Lab Information (Fall 2023 only)

This course has a laboratory component that requires you to purchase a lab kit. More information can be found below, but you are encouraged to purchase the kit and begin gathering any additional materials as soon as possible.

The cost includes lab material for GEOL1121K (See lab material list).

Lab Kit Cost - $81.00

(Price does not include sales tax, shipping and handling)

Name Office Phone Email
Deniz Ballero Georgia State University
Robert Bergstrom University of West Georgia
Rebecca Brosky Dalton State College
Ryan Currier University of West Georgia
Bradley Deline University of West Georgia
Marta Patiño Douce University of Georgia
Glen Gibson University of North Georgia
Randa Harris University of West Georgia
Ann Harris University of North Georgia
Sharon Hoffmann University of North Georgia
Joseph Hughart University of North Georgia
Aditya Kar Fort Valley State University
Adam Milewski University of Georgia
Billy Morris Georgia Highlands College
Adrianna Rajkumar University of North Georgia
Brianne Smith University of North Georgia
Randy Spaid Middle Georgia State University
Karen Tefend University of West Georgia

Credit Hours


  • See your home institution's prerequisite requirement.

Free Textbook

  • Open educational resources (OER)

Course Equivalency

Lab Kit Ordering Instructions

Your course requires the purchase of a lab kit. It contains all of the materials you will need to perform the labs for this course. Please order in advance of the course start date!

How to order from eScience Labs

Your lab kit is available directly from the eScience Labs website. They will ship it directly to you.

Your SKU is: KIT7066

To place your order, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Go to
  2. Go to the “Log In” icon located in the upper-right corner and create a new account (if you do not have one already)
  3. Once logged in, click on the “Have Code?” button on the upper right side of the page, in the navigation bar
  4. Enter your SKU, KIT7066 (no spaces), and proceed to check out

Check with your bookstore

Bookstores may offer lab kit vouchers that are redeemable with eScience Labs. Be sure to check with your bookstore for this option. To redeem your vouchers:

  1. Go to
  2. Go to the “Log In” icon located in the upper-right corner and create a new account (if you do not have one already)
  3. Once logged in, click on the “Have Code?” button on the upper right side of the page, in the navigation bar
  4. Use the code from purchased voucher and proceed to check out

Student questions

Please contact eScience Labs if you have any questions about the kits at Then Click on “Student” button. This is the fastest way for students to get help.

eScience Labs can also be reached over the phone (1-888-375-5487) Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm Mountain Standard time.

eScience Labs Return Policy

  • These science kits are warranted only to contain their stated list of equipment and supplies
  • Only fully intact and resalable products returned within 30 days of receipt qualify for a refund
  • Student must contact eScience Labs, Inc. in advance to request a Return Merchandise Authorization and shipping instructions
  • Kits returned without a Return Merchandise Authorization will be refused by eScience Labs
  • Authorization of refund will be completed within 3-5 days of receiving the returned kit
  • A restocking fee equal to 20% of the product price for inspecting and restocking and any return shipping costs will be deducted from any refund

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify Earth materials and discuss/interpret their origin, economic uses, compositions, and interrelationships.
  • Use maps, photos, and diagrams to identify and interpret topographic and geologic structures and the processes which form them.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Earth surface processes and their impact on mankind.
  • Discuss evidence of plate tectonics and the Earth's internal structure and how processes within the Earth influence Earth's major surface features and control the location of Earth's major surface features and control the location of earthquakes and volcanic activity.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the perspective of geologic time as related to geologic events and processes and the formation of earth materials.
  • Unit 1: Introduction to Geology & Geologic Time
  • Unit 2: Earth's Interior/Plate Tectonics
  • Unit 3: Matter and Minerals
  • Unit 4: Igneous Rocks and Processes & Volcanoes
  • Unit 5: Sedimentary Rocks and Processes
  • Unit 6: Metamorphic Rocks and Processes
  • Unit 7: Common Maps and Water Resources
  • Unit 8: Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Attendance Verification - 1%
  • Safety Contract 1%
  • Discussions - 8%
  • Unit Quizzes - 25%
  • Labs - 35%
  • Midterm Exam - 15%
  • Final Exam - 15%

You are required to have access to Google Earth Pro in order to complete some of the graded activities in this course. Google Earth Pro is a free and easy to use tool that will allow you to visualize and explore many of the geologic features discussed in GEOL 1121K. Google Earth Pro is available for free download.

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