Honors | Honors Geology
S124 | 2455 | Basu, A


S124 Honors Geology (3 cr), NMNS Physical, chemical and biological processes
of the Earth's evolution as a planet. Princples of geological reasoning. Two
75-min, seminars/week; six quizzes, one final examination, no laboratory.
Credit not given for S124 and any of G103, G104, G105, G111, and G112. I, II

Understanding Earth: Press & Siever (PS)
Evolution of the Earth: Dott and Prothero (DP)

Additional readings from:
Surely, You're Joking Mr. Feynman (pp. 191-198)
Earthlike Planets: Murray, Malin, Greeley (ET)
The History of Earth: Hartman & Miller (ET)
Other topical publications

Description: The course will be taught in a seminar format and organized in
a sequence of 14 topics, covered in approximately 14 weeks. Discussion of
each topic will conclude with a set of questions (see below) that lead to
the next topic. Thus, the interrelationship between processes will be
emphasized. The topics, in general, proceed from physical to chemical, and
to biological processes. The course ends with a discussion on the origin and
evolution of hominids, and, focuses on the scale at which humans can
interfere with geologic processes.

Enrollment will be limited to 24, to facilitate discussion and
individualized attention by the instructor. Because of the seminar format,
only short in-class quizzes (six total) and a comprehensive final
examination will be held. Regular attendance is expected but not enforced.


Six quizzes                                      60%
Final examination                          30%
Quality of discussion in class    10%

There is no laboratory required in this course but those with an inclination
to have hands-on experience are strongly urged to take G125 (2 cr.)
concurrently or as a follow up.

Overlap: There is a partial overlap of content with G103, G104. G105, G111
and G112. The proposed treatment for S124 is very different, at a different
level of cognition, and, without any laboratory. The approach is formulating
hypotheses with available information, testing with available knowledge, and
identifying areas for further inquiry.