Physical Geology


  2. A. Course Title: Physical Geology
    B. Course Number: GE 114 - 30251
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 11:00:00 AM - 12:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Neu, Roene
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 220
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2813
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:30:00 AM-11:30:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 9:15:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-11:30:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 9:15:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    *Additional office hours can be made by appointment. *All emails sent via the Canvas Inbox will be answered within 24 hours, Monday thru Friday at 5 pm. Within 48 hours weekends.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): none
    M. Corequisite(s): GE 114L - Physical Geology Lab
    N. Class Location: HH230

    This course will study earth materials including the origin of minerals and rocks, erosion and deposition, earth movements and mountain building, volcanism, earth resources, oceans, and meteorology. Concurrent enrollment in GE114L (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course.


    This is an introductory geology course that will fulfill the requirements for laboratory science. It is transferable to most other colleges and universities. The course will consist of 3 credit hours of lecture and 1 credit hour of lab(CRN 30249 Tuesday 1PM or CRN 30250 Thursday 6PM).



    GEOL, Wincander & Monroe, 2nd Edition includes Earth Science CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card ISBN-13: 9781133108696, & Physical Geology Lab Manual (GE114), Roene Neu, available in the NMJC bookstore.


    You may be required to use a calculator, colored pencils, scissors, and ruler (with metrics).

    Optional Book: Dictionary of Geological Terms: Third Edition, ISBN: 978-0385181013

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Attendance 10%
    4 Chapter Exams 30%
    Class/Lab Assignments 30%
    Rock & Mineral Practical 10%
    Final Exam 20%

    Attendance (10%): This course will be covering a great deal of material at a rather quick pace and your “presence” is absolutely essential to your success. You get 100 points a day and 50 points will be deducted if you are late, or fail to participate.

    Chapter Exams (30%): You will be given four chapter exams covering Chapters 1-17. Look at your schedule for the exact chapters covered on each exam. No make-up exams will be given regardless of the excuse. To make-up for any problems technical or personal the lowest of your four exams will be dropped (This does not include the Final Exam). So if you miss an exam, it will count as your lowest exam at the end of the semester and will be dropped. If you take all four of your exams the lowest will be dropped & the average of your three remaining exams will be used. All exam reviews are posted in CANVAS on the first day of classes. You should complete and save each review, as that the four chapter reviews will become your review for the final exam, as will your four chapter exams (Note: Do not discard your chapter exams when they are returned by your instructor, they will be needed to study for the final exam).

    Class/Lab Assignments (30%): This will include anything other than the exams. It will also include the field/virtual trips, problem/solution assignment & article critique.

    • Problem/ Solution Assignment (Critical Thinking): This assignment is posted in Canvas, and can be started as early as the first week of classes. The assignment and instructions will be available on the first day of class, and the assignment will be due on October 25th.

    •"Journal article critique”: A 2 page critique minimum will be required. Article must be submitted by October 10th, for instructor approval. The critique of the paper submitted will be due on November 19th. Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated on this paper. Plagiarism will result in a grade of zero on the paper. It is your responsibility as a student to be familiar with what would be viewed as plagiarism.

    Late assignments: As discussed under attendance…If any assignment is late, you will lose points. For every day that your assignment is late, 10% points will be deducted from your grade.

    Rock & Mineral Practical (10%): Your rock & mineral practical will be an identification exam. You well be required to identify rocks and minerals learned in lab. You will find a review sheet in your Canvas learning modules. The exam is tentatively set for October 2nd.

    Final exam (20%): You will have a final exam that will be comprehensive, covering chapters 1-17. In preparation for this exam you should be preparing your four chapter exam reviews. December 9th, 12-1:45pm in Heidel Hall room 230

    Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on any homework, labs, and tests.

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College’s broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline – specific knowledge skills, and scientific and academic values.
    The course content of Physical Geology (GE 114)Supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.


    At completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Recall, describe or explain geologic vocabulary.
    2. Identify or explain aspects of the geologic time scale and compare the uses and limitations of relative and absolute dating.
    3. Recognize or explain the evidence used to support the theory of plate tectonics. Describe or identify how plate tectonics is related to the structure and features of the Earth.
    4. Describe the formation of, and describe, compare, and classify minerals.
    5. Identify or describe the three main rock types, how each forms in the context of the rock cycle and what each indicates about its environment of formation.
    6. Recognize or explain the fundamentals of surface and groundwater hydrology and discuss the impact of human activities on water quality and quantity.
    7. Describe or discuss the processes that are responsible for specific geologic hazards (e.g., earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mass movement, flooding, etc.).
    8. Recognize or describe the geologic processes involved in the formation and concentration of geologic resources.

    Lab Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Use physical properties to identify mineral specimens.
    2. Describe, classify, and identify igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and their textures.
    3. Utilize the principles of stratigraphy to provide an explanation of the geologic history portrayed in a photograph or cross-section.
    4. Explain how contour lines are used to represent topography, use map scales to measure distances on the ground, and construct topographic profiles.
    5. Identify landforms from images and topographic maps.
    6. Interpret geologic maps and construct geologic cross-sections.
    7. Acquire and communicate scientific data, ideas, and interpretations through written, oral, or visual means. Examples may include creating and describing graphs, maps and photos.
    8. Apply critical thinking skills such as inductive, deductive, and mathematical reasoning to solve geological problems.

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

  12. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 1.This class utilizes Canvas software to manage assignment collection and return, to distribute handouts, and to administer quizzes and other assignments. A link to the Canvas log on page can be found on the NMJC home page at Click on the " Canvas " link to log on to your Canvas courses. For students, your logon id is your student ID. Your password is your birthday: MMDDYY. You should submit your essays in either RTF (rich text) or DOC (Microsoft Word). To read graded assignments, you will need to download Windows Journal Viewer, which is available for free on Microsoft’s website, and the quickest way to get the program is to search for “Windows Journal Viewer” from Journal Viewer is available on computers in NMJC labs. 2. NMJC uses plagiarism prevention software. Plagiarism is a form of theft and a violation of intellectual property rights. According to, plagiarism includes turning in a paper that you did not write, taking significant portions of your essay from a source without giving credit, altering the wording while retaining the ideas of an un-credited source (paraphrasing), using multiple sources to create a “patchwork” paper without giving credit, and using or turning in an assignment done for another course without the permission of both instructors. also states that plagiarism occurs when quotations are not enclosed in quotation marks, quotations and paraphrases are not cited, citations for quotations and paraphrases are incomplete or inaccurate, and citations are used correctly for a source in one place that is used elsewhere without citation. Your papers will be analyzed for plagiarism by after you have submitted them to Blackboard . Furthermore, any form of cheating, plagiarism, or disruptive behavior will result in an automatic grade of “F’ for the semester. More information on plagiarism can be found in The Harbrace. 3. College level courses include readings and discussions that may include “adult” topics and language.

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    NMJC Communication Standard:

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      Correct spelling and proper capitalization

      Complete sentences (Start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)

      Logical organization



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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

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    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

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    Chapter Readings and Assignments Schedule


    Inros/Pre-course Questions/Zero Module


    Ch. 1 Understangind Earth Ch.16 Geologic Time: Concepts and Principles

    Labor Day (No classes, Monday Sept. 2nd)


    Ch. 2 Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory


    Ch. 3 Minerals: Building Blocks of Rocks

    Exam 1 (Ch.1-3 and 16)


    Ch. 4 Igneous Rocks/Intrusive acivity Ch. 5 Volcanoes/Volcanism

    Article for Critique (Due Oct. 10th)


    Ch. 6 Weathering, soil, and Sedimentary Rocks


    Ch. 7 Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks


    Ch. 8 Earthquakes and Earths Interior

    Exam 2 (Ch. 4-7)


    Ch. 9 Deformation, Mountain Building, and the Continents

    Rock and Mineral Practical Exam (Proctored Exam)


    Ch. 10 Mass Wasting

    Critique of Article due (November 19th)


    Ch. 11 Running Water

    Exam 3 (Ch.8-11)


    Ch. 12 Ground Water


    Ch. 13 Glaciers and Glacitation

    Thanksgiving Break (Nov.27, 28, 29th)


    Ch. 14 The Work of Wind and Deserts


    Ch. 15 Oceans, Shorelines, and shoreline Processes

    Exam 4 (Ch. 12-15)


    Final Exam (Dec 9th at 12 (noon)) Comprehensive

    LAB OUTLINE (Lab Manual)


    Labs from Lab Manual


    Exercise One: Metaphors of geologic time (GTS)


    Exercise Two: Minerals


    Exercise Three: Igneous rocks


    Exercise Four: Sedimentary rocks


    Exercise Five: Metamorphic rocks


    Exercise Six: Earthquakes


    Exercise Seven: Absolute Age


    Exercise Eight: Relative age Principles (Steno) & unconformities


    Exercise Nine: Topographic Maps


    Exercise Ten: Geologic maps and geologic structure


    Exercise Eleven: Latitude/ Longitude, Compass, GPS


    Exercise Twelve: Streams and Groundwater