This course consists of the integrated study of the physicochemical and biological systems of the earth and their evolution over time, including investigation of the persistent linkage of geologic and biologic systems over earthâ€™s history. This course provides a basis for understanding the stratigraphic, geochemical, geophysical, and paleontological data utilized to reconstruct earth history, including a survey of the 4.5 billion years of earth system history, with special emphasis on the tectonic history of North America as observed in the Appalachian Mountains. The course also provides a survey of the evolution of life over earth history, an introduction to the paleontological principles utilized in understanding the fossil record of evolution, and an introduction to advanced methods of rock and mineral identification and classification. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: one of the following courses: GLY 1101, GLY 1102, GLY 1103, GLY 1104, or GLY 1105.
Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017