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Fall 2018-2019
* GEO 365 (STN)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Evolution and Catastrophes

Gerta Keller

ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION OR INTERVIEW. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED.

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 extinctions 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:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Problem sets, oral presentation. Reading material will be provided by instructor each week.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Quizzes - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Term Paper(s) - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Other information:
Mandatory field trip provides hands-on learning experience during Fall break week. Field trip destination will be Morocco or India.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20616 L01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Guyot Hall   154   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed