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Spring 2011
Apr 16,2014
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GEOL 326 - PALEONTOLOGY, PALEOECOLOGY AND PALEOENVIRONMENTS
This is an interdisciplinary course in which students use paleontology and sedimentology to interpret ancient environments and the ecosystems they supported. Students begin with a brief review of aspects of geology required for paleontological studies: geologic time, plate tectonics, and sedimentary rocks and their depositional environments. There is also a review of evolutionary theory and ecological and paleonecological principles. Following this, the course is split into two sections. First, there is an overview of the major depositional environments, the typcial fossil organisms that are found preserved in them, the process of fossilization, and how the ecosystems of partricular environments have changed through time. This is followed by a survey of the history of life, with case studies in which we examine several important fossiliferous units in both marine and terrestrial settings, and use paleontological (biological) and sedimentological (geological) data to reconstruct the paleoecology and ancient physical environment. Lab sessions include fossil identification and analysis and several field visits to sites in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. This course fulfills the upper-level Geology requirement for the Environmental Science major. It may also be used as an elective in the Biology and Environmental Studies majors and Environmental Science minor. It counts towards the Earth Science teaching certificate. It is a Writing Intensive course, and has a lab. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Lecture

Environmental Science Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Undergraduate

Prerequisites:
FOR GEOL/BIOL 326

General Requirements:
Course or Test: BIOL 221
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently.  )
or
Course or Test: ENSC 210
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently.  )
or
Course or Test: GEOL 101
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently.  )
or
Course or Test: GEOL 105
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently.  )
and
Course or Test: ENGL 180
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently. )


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