Syllabus: Spring 2000

Course:  GEOL-100Q Environmental Geology (4)  
                  Lecture & Lab: Tuesday   6:00 - 9:00 PM  Pfahler 207 

Instructors: 
Sonja Pettingill,  Office: Corson Hall   X2434, 610 409-3785       spettingill@ursinus.edu
Jim Sidie, Office: Thomas 211, 610 409-3000 X2287  jsidie@ursinus.edu 


  Text: 

Environmental Geology, Merrits, De Wit, Menking, Freeman and Co., 1998. 

  Lab Manual:
Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, AGI/NAGT, edited by 
Richard M. Busch, 4th Edition, 1997. 

  Additional Supplements:
Understanding Earth, Press and Siever, 2nd Edition, Freeman and Co., 1997. 


 

Schedule: 

Week  Lecture - Lab  Homework
1. 
Jan. 18
Introduction: overview and plate tectonics Lab 1 and Lab 3 Plate tectonics  Lab 1 assignment, Read Lab 2, study for quiz 
2. 
Jan. 25
quiz – chap.1, lecture 1.   Minerals and Rocks 2, 3.  Lab 2 Lab 2 assignment, Read Lab 4, study for quiz 
3. 
Feb. 1 
quiz – chap. 2, 3, lecture 2.   Igneous Rocks and Volcanism   4, 5.  Lab 4  Lab 4 assignment, Read Lab 5, study for quiz 
4. 
Feb. 8
quiz – chap. 4, 5, lecture 3.   Weathering and Sedimentary Rocks . 6, 7   Lab 5 Lab 5 assignment, Read Lab 6, study for quiz 
5.
Feb. 15
quiz – chap. 6, 7, lecture 4. Lecture, Metamorphic Rocks, PA rocks 8. Lab 6   Lab 6 assignment, Read PA geology book, study for lab exam. Start building stone assignment 
6. 
Feb. 22
Rock Record, Geological Time Scale.   Chapter 3 Env. Geol. text 
Lab Exam 
*PA rocks available
7. 
Feb. 29
Mid Term Exam
Building Stone assignment due 
 
8. 
March 7
NO CLASS  
9. 
March 14
NO CLASS  
10. 
March 21
Surface Water Systems     Lab 8   
11. 
March 28
quiz.  Ground Water Systems       Lab 9 Choose final project from topic list.  Read
12. 
April 4
quiz .   Atmospheric Systems   Computer simulation lab Read
13. 
April 11
quiz. Oceans and Coastal Water systems Computer simulation Lab 12 Read
14. 
April 18
quiz. Earth’s Energy  Systems 
Lab 15   Project Reports
Read
15. 
April 25
quiz . Causes and Indications of Global Environmental Change 
Project Reports
Read 
16. 
May 2
Final Exam  



A field trip will be scheduled towards the end of the semester.
* currently scheduled for Saturday May 6th.  10 AM - 2 PM

Attendance will be taken.  You are responsible for any lecture and laboratory material you miss.  No more than two absentees are allowed per semester.  

Lab Hours:  The lab will be open from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Saturdays and 2:00PM until 5:00 PM on Sundays.

Grading:

Midterm Feb. 28 20%
Lab Exam Feb. 23 10%
Building Stone Assignment due Feb. 28 10% 
Quizzes weekly 10%
Lab Reports weekly 10%
Environmental Geology Project April 18 & 25 15%
Oral Presentation   5%
Final Exam May 2 20%