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GY 135: Geology of the Pikes Peak Region

Block A1 CC unit (4 semester hours)Timothy Gibson

Course Description: This course is an introductory physical geology course with a strong emphasis on conceptual understanding of the geologic sciences through outdoor observation and inquiry. During this course, students learn to identify minerals and rocks in outcrops, to make observations and interpretations of the history of the rocks, to understand the processes that cause folding, faulting, and erosion of the rocks, and to solidify this knowledge through lab work and field observation. Students will be evaluated on the basis of their ability to observe, analyze, and interpret geologic phenomena, as well as with a traditional test on classroom-based material. The course is designed to build practical skills in the practice of the scientific method, critical thinking, and quantitative analysis. 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: 1) to provide an introduction to the geology of the Pikes Peak region, including the record of continental growth and tectonic events in the mid- Continent 2) to practice the use of the scientific method, critical thinking, and quantitative analysis to understand basic processes within the earth sciences 3) to delve into concepts of geological time and build familiarity with the geologic time scale 4) to introduce topographic and geological maps, including cross sections 5) to examine and understand plate tectonic theory and its wide applications 6)to improve field-based observational skills (keeping a field notebook), including basic rock identification and interpretation of processes, and geological mapping

Class Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Students should expect afternoon labs and fieldtrips that may include overnight camping for a week at a time.

Course Limit: 25

Prerequisite: None (No credit given if taken after GY 130/140)

Meets Critical Perspective: L, Q

CC UndergradsVisiting Undergrads
Program Fee (in addition to tuition) $150 $150