GE-101 : Physical Geology

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: GE-101 Physical Geology

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours 3 laboratory hours

Credits: 4

Course Description in college catalog:

Earth materials and landscapes are studied to formulate the principles of geology. Laboratory studies include minerals, rocks, soils, and topographic maps. A field trip to the American Museum of Natural History is a course requirement. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

Course qualifies as Pathways Common Core 2E–Scientific World.

Course qualifies as Pathways Common Core 1C–Life & Physical Sciences.

A.S. Degree in Environmental Science

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Understand how we learn about the Earth and to provide examples of Earth-spheres at work

2. Understand how the physical properties of minerals can be used for mineral identification

3. Understand the factors that contribute to and determine the violence of volcanic eruptions.

4. Understand the role of heat, pressure, and composition (including volatiles) in the origin of magma.

5. Know the difference between mechanical and chemical weathering.

6. Understand the development of shoreline features used to characterize and classify coastlines.

7. Understand the classification of soils based on their composition, texture, structure and formation.

8. Understand the factors that influence the strength of a rock.

9. Understand association between mountains and plate tectonics, including convergent boundaries.

10. Understand relative dating using principles of stratigraphy and the known fossil succession.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Tests, Quizzes, Homework, and lab exercises

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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