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Fall 2021
Dec 04,2022
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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 ofaspects 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 paleoecological principles. Following this, the course is split into two sections. First, there is an overview of the major depositional environments, the typical fossil organisms that are found preserved in them, the processes offossilization, and how the ecosystems ofparticular environments have changed through time. This is followed by a survey ofthe history poflife, 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 Iersey and Pennsylvania. This course fulfills the upper-level Geology requirement for the Environmental Science major, and is a core (required) course for the Earth Science minor. It may also be used as an elective in the Biology, Environmental Studies and Sustainability (Earth Science track) majors and the Environmental Science minor. lt counts towards the Earth Science teaching certificate. The (required) Lecture section is a Writing Intensive course. This course is cross—listed (GEOL 328L / BIOL 328L).
0.000 TO 1.500 Credit hours
0.000 TO 1.500 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lab, Online Course

Biology Department

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