BYU Independent Study - Online Courses

Life of the Past

GEOL 103


$ 579.00

Instructor: Scott Myers Ritter PhD
Credits: 3.00

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Cultural focus on historical geology for nonscience majors; fossils.

Course Content:

Lesson 1: Pattern, Process, and Prediction: Keys to Deciphering Earth History
Lesson 2: Principles of Historical Geology: The Present is the Key to the Past
Lesson 3: Geologic Time: Concepts and Principles
Lesson 4: Rocks and Minerals: Building Blocks of the Rock Archive
Lesson 5: The Classification and Meaning of Sedimentary Rocks
Lesson 6: Stratigraphic Patterns and Unconformities
Lesson 7: Fossilization and Scientific Uses of Fossils
Lesson 8: The Fossil Record: The Species Concept and Organic Evolution
Lesson 9: Plate Tectonics: The Foundational Theory of Geology
Lesson 10: The Precambrian: The First Four Billion Years
Lesson 11: Paleozoic Patterns-Drifting Continents and Changing Sea Level
Lesson 12: Late Paleozoic Patterns and Events
Lesson 13: Life of the Paleozoic
Lesson 14: The Mesozoic Era
Lesson 15: The Mesozoic Biosphere
Lesson 16: The Cenozoic Era and Ice Ages

Online Courses:

Course materials are accessed online, and all assignments must be submitted online. Optional course readings may be available but do not include the self-check assignments or graded assignments.


Partially satisfies the Brigham Young University core Physical Science requirement.

   No Materials required for this course!