This page focuses on the course 12.001 Introduction to Geology as it was taught by Profs. Taylor Perron and Oliver Jagoutz in Fall 2013.
This course introduces students to the basics of geology through lectures, laboratory exercises, and one weekend field trip. Topics ranging from mineral and rock identification to the origin of the continents, from geologic mapping to plate tectonics, and from erosion by rivers and glaciers to the history of life are explored.
After this course, students may be interested in an undergraduate major or minor in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetry Sciences.
This course is complementary to 12.002 Physics and Chemistry of the Terrestrial Planets and 12.003 Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics.
In the following pages, Prof. Taylor Perron describes various aspects of how he teaches 12.001 Introduction to Geology.
The course is designed to be accessible to students from all disciplines. No geology background is assumed.
Every fall semester. (Prior to Fall 2012, this course was offered every spring semester.)
The students' grades were based on the following activities:
Reports were evaluated on clarity of presentation as well as soundness of analysis.
Enrollment varies between 15 and 30 students each year.
This course is taken by a combination of sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
½ majors in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences and ½ majors in other departments
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
Develop the course lectures, labs, exercises, and weekend field trip.