GEO 365 (STN)
Evolution and Catastrophes
DEPARTMENT CONSENT IS REQUIRED TO ADD THIS CLASS
This course introduces students to the evolution of life and mass extinction's based on a broad survey of major events in Earth history as revealed by the fossil record. Concepts and techniques of paleontology are applied to all aspects, including colonization of the oceans, invasion of land, mass extinction's and evolutionary radiations. The roles of major catastrophes in the history of life are evaluated, including meteorite impacts, volcanism, climate change, and oceanic anoxia.
Sample reading list:
Hallam and Wignall, Oxford Univ. Press, Mass Extinctions and Their Aftermath
Vince Courtillot, Cambridge Univ. Press, Evolution and Catastrophes
McKinney, Prentice Hall, Evolution of Life, Processes, Patterns and Prospects
Problem sets, oral presentation
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Lab Reports - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Not Open to Freshmen.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
One 200-level GEO course..
Mandatory field trip provides hands-on learning experience during midterm break
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