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 (Spring 2024 only)

This course requires lab materials and resources. Please access your course in GoView during the first week of class for information about lab materials and/or to complete the necessary order forms.

GEOL 1121K - Spring 2024

Course Instructor
GEOL 1121K 1AGRanda Harris
GEOL 1121K 1BGBrianne Smith
GEOL 1121K 1CGBilly Morris
GEOL 1121K 1DGSharon Hoffmann
GEOL 1121K 1EGAdam Milewski
GEOL 1121K 1FGAdrianna Rajkumar
GEOL 1121K 1GGBrianne Smith
GEOL 1121K 1HGRyan Currier
GEOL 1121K 1IGSharon Hoffmann
GEOL 1121K 1JGRebecca Brosky
GEOL 1121K 1KGRobert Bergstrom
GEOL 1121K 1LGAnn Harris
GEOL 1121K 1MGAditya Kar
GEOL 1121K 1NGSharon Hoffmann
GEOL 1121K 1OGSharon Hoffmann
GEOL 1121K 1PGMarta PatiƱo Douce
GEOL 1121K 1QGRebecca Brosky
GEOL 1121K 1RGAnn Harris
GEOL 1121K 1SGBilly Morris
GEOL 1121K 1TGAdam Milewski
GEOL 1121K 1UGAditya Kar

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: Plate Tectonics
  • Unit 3: Matter & Minerals
  • Unit 4: Igneous Rocks & Volcanic Processes
  • Unit 5: Sedimentary Rocks & Processes
  • Unit 6: Metamorphic Rocks & Processes
  • Unit 7: Topographic Maps
  • Unit 8: Running Water, Groundwater & Ocean Processes
  • Unit 9: Crustal Deformation
  • Unit 10: Earthquakes
  • Unit 11: Geologic Time
  • Unit 12: Climate Change/Review

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%
  • Unit Quizzes - 15%
  • Unit Assignments - 15%
  • Labs - 38%
  • Proctored Midterm Exam - 15%
  • Final Project - 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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