Lecture: MWF, 10am -10:50am, BO 100
Course Objectives: Historical Geology provides the student with a comprehensive survey of the history of life, and major events in the physical development of Earth. Most importantly, this class addresses how processes like plate tectonics and climate interact with life, forming an integrated system. The first half of the class focuses on concepts, and the second on a chronologic overview of major biological and physical events in different geologic periods.
Lecture mid-term 15%
Lecture final 20%
The quizzes will be held in the last 25 minutes of class, and I will let everyone know the subject the class period before.
Review sheets for the lecture midterm and final will be passed out the class period before the exam. Each will include a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and essay-style questions.
Grading Standards: In this class, the following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A = 100-90% | B = 89-80% | C = 79-70% | D = 69-60% | F = 59-0%.
Late assignment policy. For lab assignments and the essay, the late penalty is 5% per working day (25% per week). No assignments or essays will be accepted after Wednesday of finals week.
Attendance: Attendance is required for both lecture and lab. Absences can only be excused by contacting me in advance, prior to lecture or laboratory assignments. Absences presented after the class is over will not be accommodated except in rare circumstances. I reserve the right to drop any student from the class who has more than 3 unexcused absences. Attendance will be used to make decisions on the final grade score of students who are on the border between two letter grades.