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Course SummaryGeology 101: Physical Geology has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. Complete the course's lessons and quizzes at your own pace to apply for transfer credit and get a head start on your degree program.
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The course objective is to introduce you to the Earth's structure, geologic processes and materials.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 180 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Examine the scientific method, Earth's subsystems and the various branches of geological study.
- Compare and contrast the physical properties of metals, minerals and rocks, including sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks and the roles they play in sustaining life on earth.
- Analyze the processes of mechanical and chemical weathering, erosion, soil structure and type, the types of stress leading to rock deformation and the causes of various geological folds and faults.
- Explain the water cycle, distribution of water, drainage basins, stream flow, groundwater systems, the effect of erosion and deposition on landforms and how landform diagrams depict a landscape's geological progression.
- Categorize types of glaciers, glacier movement, glacier budget, erosion, deposition, glaciation and causes of glaciation.
- Summarize the structure of the ocean, marine organisms, oceanic ridge systems, basins, as well as active and passive continental margins.
- Identify characteristics of deserts in general and those in the Southwest U.S. in particular.
- Break down the internal and external forces that shape Earth through looking at the four spheres of Earth, the mechanism of plate tectonics and continental drift, and the cause of earthquakes.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Geology 101 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by both ACE and NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
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|Introduction to Geology||Explore the scientific method, Earth's subsystems and the various branches of geological study.|
|Earth Materials||Learn the roles minerals, rocks, soil, and water play in sustaining life on Earth. Get a closer look at types of metals and precious rocks.|
|Mineral Types, Properties and Uses||Examine the environmental impacts of mining and processing minerals. Investigate chemical classifications of minerals alongside such physical properties as luster, crystal shape, density, tenacity and fracture.|
|Earth and Celestial Rocks||Find out what distinguishes rocks from minerals. Identify the three types of rocks and get an introduction to planetary geology.|
|Igneous Rocks||Discover the origin of magma, as well as the differences between volcanic and plutonic igneous rock. Follow Bowen's Reaction Series and explore the relationship between tectonic plates and the locations of igneous rocks.|
|Sedimentary Rocks: A Deeper Look||Study the types and features of sediment and the differences between detrital and chemical sedentary rock. Examine the processes leading to lithification and learn how rock features can be used to determine the environment in which they originated.|
|Metamorphic Rocks: A Deeper Look||Look into the conditions influencing rock metamorphism. Find out how metamorphic rocks are classified and identify the differences between contact and regional metamorphism.|
|Rock Deformation and Mountain Building||Investigate the types of stress leading to rock deformation and explore the causes of various geological folds and faults. Learn the vocabulary used to describe the processes of mountain building.|
|Weathering and Erosion||Survey the processes of mechanical and chemical weathering alongside soil structure and type. Examine the causes and effects of erosion as well as prevention techniques. Identify triggers for different types of mass wasting.|
|Running Water||Discover the significance of drainage basins in river systems. Follow the formation of bedrock channels, alluvial channels and stream valleys. Learn how landform diagrams depict a landscape's geological progression.|
|Ground Water||Explore factors influencing groundwater movement before taking a look at the types of springs and wells. Find out how groundwater forms geological features, like caverns and sinkholes, and explore the environmental effects of groundwater removal.|
|Glaciers||Consider the processes involved in glacier formation, movement, erosion and deposition. Research causes of glaciation and find out how Ice Age glaciers formed pluvial lakes.|
|Oceans||Examine oceanic ridge systems and basins as well as active and passive continental margins. Explore properties and characteristics of shorelines, beaches, waves, currents, tides and marine organisms.|
|Deserts and Wind||Identify characteristics of deserts in general and those in the Southwest in particular. Learn about the five types of sand dunes and the role wind plays in shaping desert landforms. Find out what kinds of human activity cause desertification.|
|Water Balance on Earth||Investigate steps in the water cycle and explore the distribution of water on Earth. Discover the roles transpiration, runoff and infiltration play in the movement of water.|
|Geologic Time||Look into the theories of catastrophism and uniformitarianism. Discover numerical and relative dating methods, conditions leading to fossil preservation and significant eons, eras and epochs on the geologic time scale.|
|Earth's Spheres and Internal Structure||Identify Earth's four spheres and their interactions. Delve further into the composition of the crust, mantle and core. Examine forces shaping the Earth's surface.|
|Earthquakes||Study the components and causes of earthquakes. Find out how geologists use seismic waves and the Richter scale to study earthquakes' mainshocks, foreshocks and aftershocks.|
|Plate Tectonics||Unearth evidence supporting theories of plate tectonics and continental drift. Investigate the lithosphere's tectonic plate boundaries and causes of plate movement.|
|Economic Geology & Mineral Resources||Get an introduction to economic geology before looking into the relationship between plate tectonics and concentrations of ore and mineral deposits. Learn about the processes involved in finding these resources.|
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|Completed all lessons in Geology 101: Physical Geology course and achieved 100% Quiz Progress.|
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