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Geophysical Sciences @ TCC

Earth Science Geology 110


  • Earth Science, 8th ed., Tarbuck and Lutgens
  • Applications and Investigations in Earth Science Lab Manual; 2nd ed., Tarbuck, Lutgens, and Pinzke

Course Goals

Geology 110 is a college-level, introductory course for non-science majors designed as a broad survey of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Even though this is a multi-disciplinary science, you do not have to have prior knowledge of any science. In fact, if your general science background is weak, this should prove to be a great opportunity for you to learn more about science. If you want the full details about the course, keep reading. Otherwise return to Geophysical Science's homepage.

This course is designed to take the place of Gol 105 (Physical Geology) or Gol111 (General Oceanography I) in fulfilling the lab science requirement. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to take either Gol106 (Historical Geology) or Gol112 (General Oceanography II). If you plan on majoring in Geology or Oceanography you may be required to take Gol105 or Gol111.

Lectures and laboratories are set up to compliment each other. The lectures provide opportunity for presentation of theory, while the labs give you some hands on experience with the concepts you learn in lecture.

Grading Policy

A ten point grading scale will be used where A= 90-100%, B= 80-89%, C= 70-79%, D= 60-69%, and F= less than 60%. All tests are SCANTRON and you’ll have to provide those.

5 tests and a final exam............. counts 2/3rds of grade

Laboratory................................counts 1/3 of grade

Concepts of the Course

The first section covers Geology. We’ll get into minerals, rocks; rock cycle, formation and structure of the earth; plate tectonics; rivers, groundwater, glaciers, and deserts. The second section covers oceanography which includes the sea floor and water chemistry. The third section includes topics in meteorology which involves air masses, winds, pressure, storms, etc. The fourth area of emphasis deals with astronomy including structure of the galaxy and universe as well as our more local solar system.

Schedule Matrix 






Intro; Chapter 1 – Minerals and rocks

exercise 22 - metric; exercise 1 – minerals 


Chapter 1 – Rocks

exercise 2 - rocks


Chapter 2 - Weathering soil mass wasting

exercise 3 – maps 


test 1; chapter 3 – Running water

exercise 4 – water 


chapter 4 - glaciers, deserts, and winds

exercise 5 - arid/glacial landscapes

chapter 5 - earthquakes/interior

lab test # 1; intro to project


chapter 10 - ocean waters; the ocean floor

exercise 9 - intro to ocean science


test 2; chapter 6 - plate tectonics

intro to cruise; exercise 13 - atmospheric heating


chapter 6 - plate tectonics

ocean cruise*


test 3; chapter 12- atmosphere

exercise 14 - moisture and pressure, wind


chapter 13/14 - moisture/pressure

exercise 15 - air masses, cyclone, maps


chapter 15 - weather patterns/storms; test 4

exercise 17 - astronomical observations*


chapter 17 - earth and the universe

exercise 18 - patterns in the solar system


chapter 18 - solar system

exercise 20 - moon and sun


chapter 20 - beyond the solar system

lab test #2; project turn in


test 5 (during exam week)



 *field trips