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.

Name Office Phone Email
Robert Bergstrom University of West Georgia
Rebekah Brosky Dalton State College
Ryan Currier University of West Georgia
Brad Deline University of West Georgia
Glen Gibson University of North Georgia
Randa Harris University of West Georgia
Ann Harris 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
Marta Patino-Douce University of Georgia
Adrianna Rajkumar 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

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
  • Unit 2: Earth's Interior
  • Unit 3: Topographic Maps
  • Unit 4: Plate Tectonics
  • Unit 5: Water
  • Unit 6: Climate Change
  • Unit 7: Matter and Minerals
  • Unit 8: Igneous Rocks and Processes
  • Unit 9: Volcanoes
  • Unit 10: Sedimentary Rocks
  • Unit 11: Metamorphic Rocks
  • Unit 12: Crustal Deformation
  • Unit 13: Earthquakes
  • Unit 14: Physiographic Provinces

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 in order to complete some of the graded activities in this course.  Google Earth 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 is available for free download.

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