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Course Description

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This course provides an introduction to geological principles, their historical development and application to interpreting Earth materials and processes. This course is suitable for those wishing a general knowledge of Earth sciences.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Examine the Earth's place in the universe, specifically its uniqueness and fragility.
  • Recognize that geology is a physical and historical science.
  • Describe the materials that make up our planet and how they are organized.
  • Outline the natural and anthropogenic processes that shape our planet.
  • Investigate the mechanisms behind common types of geologic phenomena.
  • Examine the interdependence between Earth resources and society.

Course Topics

  • Origin of the Solar System and the Earth
  • Earth Structure
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Mineralogy
  • Igneous Geology
  • Weathering and Soils
  • Glacial Geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Paleontology
  • Stratigraphy and Time
  • Structural Geology
  • Metamorphism

Additional Requirements

Equate(s): GEOL*1100

Restriction(s): May not be taken for credit by students in BBRM, BSC or BSC(Env).


Assessment Item Weight
Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Online Final Exam 50%
Total 100%


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  1. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  1. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  1. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  1. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  1. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Principles of Geology
September 10, 2020 to December 04, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Publisher e-text course ID: MGEOLBROWN1389032

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Mastering Geology with Pearson eText -- Standalone Access Card -- for Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology by E.J. Tarbuck, F.K. Lutgens, C.J. Tsujita and S. Hicock © 2015 Pearson Education Canada 4th Canadian edition ISBN ISBN-10: 0134880692 • ISBN-13: 9780134880693
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