Demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of uniformitarianism and the scientific methods for determining the relative and absolute ages of Earth materials and events.
Sedimentary Rock Record
Demonstrate a basic understanding of the origin and historical significance of sedimentary rocks. Be able to identify common clastic and non-clastic sedimentary rock types in hand sample and on outcrop. Be able to determine the depositional environment from rock type and outcrop pattern. Understand the age and significance of Sloss' depositional sequences.
The Record of Life
Be able to recognize the nature and mode of fossil preservation. Be able to identify the major invertebrate fossil groups and signify the environmental significance of each. Use fossils to recognize the age of sedimentary strata.
Descent with Modification
Demonstrate a basic knowledge of organic evolution including the key concepts of natural selection and its role in producing the fossil record. Be able to explain the evidence that led Darwin to the theory of natural selection as well as post-Darwinian discoveries.
Understand that modern Earth is a product of the coevolution of the biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere over 4.6 billion years of earth history. Demonstrate knowledge of key biological, depositional, tectonic, and climatic events in the context of the geological timescale.
Be able to decipher the geological history of an area from a geological map.
Demonstrate mastery of a scientific concept and ability to convey that concept to a body of peers using PowerPoint and/or other professional means.