GEOLSCI 1 - Introduction to Geology

Course Detail

  • Career
  • Units
  • Grading Basis
    Letter or Credit/No Credit
  • Academic Group
    School of Earth,Energy,EnvSci
  • Academic Organization
    Geological Sciences


  • Why are earthquakes, volcanoes, and natural resources located at specific spots on the Earth surface? Why are there rolling hills to the west behind Stanford, and soaring granite walls to the east in Yosemite? What was the Earth like in the past, and what will it be like in the future? Lectures, hands-on laboratories, in-class activities, and one field trip will help you see the Earth through the eyes of a geologist. Topics include plate tectonics, the cycling and formation of different types of rocks, and how geologists use rocks to understand Earth's history.

This course is offered in the following terms: