GEOL 103 Evolution of the Earth • 6 Cr.


Surveys the geologic history of the earth, including the history of life on earth. Students learn to interpret rock and fossil evidence. The course is designed for non-majors includes laboratory work. Fulfills laboratory science course requirement at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Discuss basic terminology, principles and concepts of geology and paleontology.
  • Identify igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and use their physical characteristics to interpret the geologic history of the Earth (i.e., learn to "read the rocks").
  • Classify living and extinct organisms into major types, identify common fossils, and explain how they can be used to help determine depositional environments.
  • Interpret chronology of geologic events using relative and absolute dating principles, geologic cross sections and maps.
  • Discuss the geologic history of the Earth from the formation of the Solar System to the present.
  • Describe and evaluate the evidence for the origin and evolution of life on Earth.
  • Apply knowledge of geologic history to understand the future geologic and biologic change (e.g. greenhouse warming, rising sea level, mass extinctions)