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GEOL 103 History of 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)



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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
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