Liberal Arts > Geology

General Information

  • Name: Earth and Life Through Time
  • Division: Liberal Arts
  • Discipline: Geology
  • Units (Credits): 4.00

I. Catalog Course Description

Prerequisites: GEOL101 & GEOL103

Studies the history of the earth and the origins of its landforms from the far past to the present time, age dating, evolution of organisms, times of extinction, mountain building episodes, and periods of glaciation.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Use terminology specific to the geologic topics selected for the course. (GE 1)
  2. Use geologic concepts and principles to demonstrate a working knowledge of historical geology processes. (GE1)
  3. Apply classifications to categorize geologic features and phenomena relevant to the topics selected for this course. (GE 1)
  4. Perform laboratory/field activities that demonstrate the ability to apply key historical geology concepts and principles (GE1)

III. Topics

The following is a list of topics that must be covered in Geol 102:


  • Geologic time, relative and absolute dating processes, rock correlation, plate tectonics, fossils, geologic history of the earth.


Additionally, instructors may choose to include any of the following topics:


  • Sedimentary geology, stratigraphy, climate change, human evolution; as well as other topics pertinent to historical geology.


Scheduled GEOL-102 classes:

Fall 2019

There are currently no GEOL-102 classes scheduled for this term.