Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2022

GEOL 190   Evolution of Planet Earth
RestrictionsNo 2023
Co-RequisitesGEOL 190L
DistributionNatural Sciences & Mathematics
Core AreaNone
RecommendedFor students interested in concentrating in geology or environmental geology.

Explores our planet's 4.5-billion year history and how geologists unearth the past through examination of minerals, rocks, and fossils. Earth's evolution is a natural experiment that cannot be reproduced, and students make use of primary observational and interpretative tools that geologists use to understand the past. Age-dating techniques, plate tectonics and origin of continental crust, mountain building events, and evolution of Earth's landscape, atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere are examined in the context of the geological evolution of North America.