2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Mar 29, 2023  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GEOL& 115 Geology National Parks (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Natural Sciences with Lab; General Transfer Elective
Formerly GEOL 120 -CCN

Course Description
Introduces the student to basic geologic processes and history, using the variety of features preserved in our National Park and Monument system. Appropriate for non-science and science majors. Field trips required. Lab included.

Student Outcomes
1. Describe the basic relationships between the solid earth, water, atmosphere, and life of the Earth through geologic time.
2. Describe the difference between the National Park and Monument Systems and other related government agencies.
3. Apply the scientific method and relate basic scientific concepts to geologic processes (e.g. plate tectonics or other examples).
4. Evaluate the validity of uniformitarianism and catastrophism.
5. Use mineral properties to identify common rock-forming minerals.
6. Explain the rock cycle; classify and identify common igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.
7. Describe the origin and occurrence of plutonic and volcanic rocks in selected parks and monuments.
8. Discuss important weathering processes and explain sedimentary rock formation in selected parks and monuments.
9. Describe the origin and occurrence of metamorphic rocks in selected parks and monuments.
10. Describe plate tectonic processes.
11. Identify geologic structures. Relate the stresses created by tectonic plate movements to the formation of geologic structures in selected parks and monuments.
12. Explain and apply the methods of relative and absolute dating; and reproduce the primary subdivisions of the geologic time scale.
13. Describe the important geographic and physiographic features of the selected region parks and monuments.
14. Relate the geography and physiography of the selected parks and monuments to their climate and weather.
15. Describe the important rock and sediment units of the selected parks and monuments and discuss their origin and age.
16. Describe the important geologic structures of the selected parks and monuments and discuss their origin and age.
17. Relate the geologic history of the selected parks and monuments to important geologic processes through geologic time, and to the evolution of its present-day landscapes.
18. Assess the significance of geologic hazards of the selected parks and monuments; analyze any other pertinent interactions between humans and the environment for the selected parks and monuments.
19. Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking: Integrate and analyze quantitative data and qualitative information in several contexts. Examine assumptions; integrate experience, reason, and information to draw scientific conclusions. Examples: map and photo interpretation, or evaluation of mitigation strategies for human impacts on the national parks.
20. Effective Communication: Appropriately communicate geologic or environmental data to an audience through reports or presentations.
21. Information Competency: Evaluate and selectively use appropriate tools and sources in order to access and manipulate geologic and environmental information including library research, the Internet, and field research with respect to the selected national parks and monuments.

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