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How the Earth Works Lab

This 1 credit course is intended to serve as an opportunity to directly observe and inquire about materials and processes which make up the Earth. Geology is the study of the Earth and the goal of this lab is to give you, the Kent State University liberal arts student, a chance to be involved directly in that study.

Since science is something you do, we have tried to make each lab session a hands-on opportunity to actively do something. We also have tried to make the labs inquiry-based so that you, the student, can be led and stimulated by interesting questions rather than by rote lecturing and memorization. Each lab session was developed so as to be completely self-contained.

To get the most out of this lab you are expected to read each week's lab assignment BEFORE the scheduled lab period. GEOL 11040 - How the Earth Works is a pre-requisite or co-requisite for this lab course. Each lab was designed to be completed in about 1 hour and 45 minutes (allowing 10 minutes or so for handing back previous assignments and for introducing the lab topic).

Lab Schedule

With the exception of the fieldtrip, all lab sessions will be held in McGilvrey Hall.  Attendance is mandatory.

Lab Manual

The laboratory exercises are provided in Blackboard Learn. It is the student's responsibility to print out the materials required for each class BEFORE coming to class. All other laboratory materials, supplies,and equipment are provided by the Department of Geology. There is no public computer lab or public printing available in the Department.

Assignments and Grading

For most labs there will be activities and questions that you will need to do and answer and then hand in as your completed assignment at the end of the lab period. The instructor will return your corrected assignment at the beginning of the next lab session. Your lab grade will be based on lab participation, completion of weekly assignments and two lab practicals. You are encouraged to work in groups during the lab period. Attendance is mandatory. Each unexcused absence will amount to a grade reduction. For instance, someone with two unexcused absences can get no higher than a C grade, someone with three unexcused absences, a D grade, etc.

Free Tutoring by experienced Geology graduate students and lab instructors begins week three of each semester.

Geology Department

The Geology Department at KSU is an active, vibrant, and fun center for the study of Earth materials, processes, and history. We have ~15 faculty members who teach and do research in many different fields of Geology. The department currently has about 70 undergraduate majors (both B.A. and B.S.) and 30 graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.). The Kent State Geological Society (KSGS) is one of the more active societies on campus and you are encouraged to become a member of it. The society holds informal fieldtrips throughout the year and each fall semester holds a picnic in one of the nearby parks.

Students with Disabilities

In accordance with University policy, if you have a documented disability and require accommodations to obtain equal access in this course, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester or when given an assignment for which an accommodation is required. Students with disabilities must verify their eligibility through the Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) in the DeWeese Health Center on Kent Campus.