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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
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ESCI 1070 - Earth History

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab 2
Course Description: This course introduces students to basic Earth materials and principles, including rock formation and identification, geologic time, plate tectonics, fossils, evolution, and extinction. Topics include the origin of Earth and how the Earth’s surface, atmosphere, oceans, and life have changed over its 4.6 billion year history.
MnTC Goals
3 Natural Science

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Earth’s materials and environments   
    1. Rocks and minerals
    2. Sedimentary environments
    3. Plate tectonics
  2. Geologic time
    1. Relative dating
    2. Absolute dating
    3. Biostratigraphy and correlation
  3. Life on Earth
    1. Fossils and fossilization
    2. Evolution and extinction
    3. Major groups of organisms
  4. Earth’s history
    1. Archean Eon
    2. Proterozoic Eon
    3. Paleozoic Era
    4. Mesozoic Era
    5. Cenozoic Era

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. identify common rocks based on standard physical and chemical properties.
  2. explain fundamental principles of geology, including plate tectonics, sedimentary environments, and evolution.
  3. demonstrate understanding of the evolution of Earth’s geological and biological environment over the 4.6 billion years of Earth history.
  4. understand fossilization and identify major fossil groups.

Competency 1 (1-6)
01. 01. Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
01. 03. Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
01. 04. Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.
Competency 2 (7-10)

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