Earth History and Evolution (GEO 211)

This class covers the evolution of the earth and its life from origin to present configuration, including the role of plate tectonics and major evolutionary patterns in the history of life. At the end of this course, I want students to be able to:

  1. Describe the major groups of life, their traits and evolutionary trends
  2. Summarize the major geological patterns and processes that shaped the planet
  3. Articulate how hypotheses are formed and tested in historical sciences
  4. Demarcate science from pseudoscience, and appreciate how evidence and reason drive science