Geol 100

Course Outline

Vic Camp

Room:                         CG 212

Lecture:                      MWF 11:00 to 11:50

OFFICE HOURS:      Rm. CG 225. MF 12:00 -12:50 pm, W 9:00-9:50 am, or by appointment

E-MAIL:                    vcamp@geology.sdsu.edu


TEXT:                        Monroe and WicanderPhysical Geology, 2nd edition       


Course Description:    The constantly evolving earth has been shaped by a variety of mechanisms and processes. An understanding of these, through the study of geology, gives us an appreciation of our dynamic planet and a more knowledgeable perspective of our fragile environment. The purpose of this course is to study the history of the earth and the interaction of earth processes such as the growth of minerals, the formation of rocks, mountain building, earthquakes, volcanoes, erosion, and coastal processes.


Guidelines:                 The assigned chapters should be read carefully before each class. You are

encouraged to ask questions at any time -- during, before or after class. Good study habits include taking accurate and comprehensive lecture notes. Your attendance and participation in class will definitely help your understanding of the subject and improve your performance on the exams. The course will cover a lot of material at a relatively rapid pace, so it is important to not fall behind in the reading material.


Evaluation:                You must purchase the large, red Parscore scantron form F-288 for thefirst exam only; for the remaining exams, bring the normal-size Parscore scantron form F-289. There will be four, equally weighted exams, including the final exam, which is comprehensive. There are no make-up exams. The final grade will be curved and assigned on the basis of 400 points, the total of the four exams.













(Changes may be made to this schedule as necessary)





Jan. 25/27/29                                                  Chapters 1 and 2 – Introduction to Geology / Minerals


Feb. 1/3/5                                                       Chapters 2 and 3 – Minerals / Igneous Activity


Feb. 8/10/12                                                   Chapters 3 and 4 -- Igneous Rocks / Volcanism


Feb. 15/17/19                                                  Chapters 4 and 5 -- Volcanism / Weathering, Erosion and Soil


Feb. 22EXAM 1


Feb. 24/26                                                       Chapter 6 – Sedimentary Rocks


March 1/3/5                                                    Chapters 7 and 8 -- Metamorphic Rocks / Geologic time


March 8/10/12                                                Chapters 8 and 9 -- Geologic Time / Earthquakes


March 15/17/19                                              Chapter 9 -- Earthquakes


March 22/24/26                                              Chapter 10 – Interior of the Earth


March 29 - April 2                                                      SPRING BREAK!!


April 5/7                                                         Chapter 11 – The Sea Floor


April 9EXAM 2


April 12/14/16                                                Chapter 12 Plate Tectonics


April 19/21/23                                                Chapters 13 and 14 – Deformation / Mountain Building


April 26/28/30                                                Chapters 14 and 19 – Mountain Building / Shorelines


May 3/5/7                                                       Chapters 19 and 15 – Shorelines / Running Water


May 10                                                           Chapter 15 – Running Water


May 12                                                                       EXAM 3


May 19                                                           FINAL EXAM (10:30 - 12:30)