Earth Sciences 121

Typical Syllabus
Weeks 1-5
Winter Quarter

Dr. Kleffner
200 minutes MWF
115 Science


Office Hours
Office: 310D Science
MWF: 8:00-8:30 AM;
1:00-1:30 PM
or by appointment
Phone: (419) 995-8208





The Changing Earth-Exploring Geology and Evolution, 3rd Edition. Monroe and Wicander,Brooks/Cole

Lab Book:

None required; all exercises and materials will be provided


Lecture Topics



Introduction, Scientific Method, Continental Drift, Plate Tectonics, Rock Deformation,Earthquakes

Plate Tectonics
Geologic Structures Earthquakes
Optional: Tasa Plate Tectonics Computer Lab



First Midterm, Volcanic Activity, Minerals (Properties, Major Families,

Uses), Igneous Rocks




Igneous Rocks, Weathering, 2nd Midterm, Sedimentary Rocks and Environments,
**Martin Luther King Day, NO CLASSES


Igneous Rocks
Sedimentary Rocks


Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks, Topographic Maps, 3rd Midterm      

Metamorphic Rocks
Tasa Topograhic Maps
Computer Lab#


Mass Wasting, Streams,
Groundwater, Glaciers

Stream Landscapes
Glacial Landscapes


Final Exam (over material covered since 3rd midterm)




Laboratory: The lab in this course will consist of exercises handed out in class and on the computer (Tasa CD-ROM programs) in the geology computer lab which correspond with many of the lecture topics. Most lab exercises should be possible to complete during one class period. In some cases, however, it may be necessary to complete the lab at home or to spend some additional time in the lab room to complete a given lab. #Computer labs are to be done in the computer lab at times other than regularly scheduled class times.

There will be three midterms and a final.  Your best two midterm grades will determine 60% of your course grade. NO MAKEUP MIDTERMS WILL BE GIVEN.  A missed midterm will be considered as your lowest or "dropped" midterm.  The final exam will NOT be comprehensive.  It will cover only the material covered in class after the 3rd midterm. It will determine 30% of your course grade.  The remaining 10% of your course grade is based on class and lab participation and completion of the lab exercises.  Midterms and the final will consist of approximately 40 true-false, multiple-choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, short-answer questions, and practical questions over the material covered in lecture and lab. The grading scale used to assign the final grade for all students in the class is the following:

93 - 100  A

91 - 93   A-

89 - 91  B+

 80 - 89   B

78 - 80   B-


76 - 78  C+

 65 - 76   C

63 - 65   C-

61 - 63  D+

50 - 61    D

<50      E

Last Modified on 10/05/2012