Student Scores


Contact information

Course logistics

Student success

Success in Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) courses like Physical Geology (GEOL 1210) depends on a student's preparation and participation as well as on the format of the course.

Course materials

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course a student is expected to be able to:

Fall 2012 course schedule


Lesson topic(s)



20-Aug : 24-Aug Earth's origin, structure, and dynamics 1:10-35 plate boundary exercise
27-Aug : 31-Aug Minerals and mineral resources 2 and 20 mineral identification
5-Sep : 7-Sep Igneous rocks and processes 3 volcanic hazard exercise
10-Sep : 14-Sep Volcanoes and volcanic processes 4 igneous rock identification
17-Sep : 21-Sep Mechanical and chemical weathering 5 Shasta Valley field trip
24-Sep : 28-Sep Sedimentation and sedimentary rocks 6 sedimentary rock identification
1-Oct : 5-Oct Metamorphic rocks and processes 7 metamorphic rock identification
8-Oct : 12-Oct Relative and absolute geologic time 8 geologic dating
15-Oct : 19-Oct  Crustal deformation and geologic structures 9 fold and fault structures
22-Oct : 26-Oct Earthquakes and Earth's interior 10 and 11 Earthquake (class code: xxx)
29-Oct : 2-Nov Plate tectonics and continental structure 12 and 13 pace and compass mapping
5-Nov : 9-Nov Landslides and other mass movements 14 topographic maps and profiles
14-Nov : 16-Nov Streams and flooding 15 geologic map and cross-section
19-Nov : 21-Nov Groundwater and caverns 16 Shasta Caverns field trip
26-Nov : 30-Nov  Glaciers and ice ages 17 River flooding
3-Dec : 7-Dec Deserts and geologic work of the wind 18 glacial and desert landforms
10-Dec : 14-Dec Shorelines and coastal processes 19 tsunami/storm surge exercise
xx-Dec final exam, tba all ---


Grades will be based on total scores for:

There will be no alternate or "extra credit" assignments. For the writing assignment a student will read an article of their choice from a set of three selected for the class and write an outline, abstract and revised abstract of that article. The final grade will be computed from a total of 350 points, and will be scored as follows: > 90% = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = C; 60-69% = D; and < 60% = F. The instructor reserves the right to adjust these percentages if such an adjustment is warranted by the class average, but under no circumstances will a student who earns a score of <65% or fails to turn in any of the writing assignments receive a satisfactory (A, B, or C) grade.

In addition to class time, a student should expect to spend about 6 hours per week reviewing their notes and text and studying for exams. Completion of the writing and online assignments will require about an additional 12 hours during the course of the semester.

Attendance, withdrawal, and incomplete policies

Regular participation and punctual submission of assignments are required for satisfactory completion of this course. Up to four absences will be excused if the student: (1) notifies the instructor by email or phone, (2) schedules a time to make up the missed work before their next class session, and (3) makes up the work as scheduled. If a student incurs four unexcused absences he or she will receive a warning from the instructor; eight unexcused absences will result in the student being dropped from the class. A student may withdraw before 20-Nov-2012 without receiving a grade, and is responsible for notifying the admissions office and completing all necessary forms. Arrangements for an incomplete must be made with the instructor, and an "I" will be granted only in the case of an unforeseen personal or family emergency.

Learning Disabilities

If you have a disability (learning, physical, psychological etc.) that may require classroom or testing accommodations please let me know as soon as possible to ensure these accommodations are implemented in a timely manner. If you have not already done so, please contact Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS) in Eddy Hall, or call 938-5297, for authorization and coordination of disability verification and accommodation assistance.

Make-up policy for missed work

Writing assignments, homework exercises, midterm exams, lab reports, and daily clicker questions may be made-up if: (1) prior arrangements have been made with the instructor; and (2) they are completed before the next class period or before graded exercises are returned to the class (as appropriate). Field trips and the final exam may not be made up.

Late assignment policy

Writing and homework assignments will be penalized 1 point for each class period they are late and will not be accepted after the graded assignments have been returned to the class.

Academic integrity

Students are encouraged to collaborate with one another as they work on their lab exercises and homework assignments, and as they prepare for exams. I expect that a student will work independently, however, when he or she submits exercise results, takes quizzes and the final exam, and writes his or her outlines and abstracts. If I find evidence that any students are not living up to this code of academic integrity (for example, because they submit identical or nearly identical writing assignments) I reserve the right to drop them from the class unless it is after the fourteenth week, in which case the students will receive F grades regardless of accumulated points.