Intro to Geology Course

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Geology 101: Introduction to Geology
EST. time to complete:
3 to 9 Months
$301.00/Credit (No Fees)


This course is an introduction to the dynamics of the Earth:

  • volcanoes
  • earthquakes
  • plate tectonics
  • streams
  • groundwater
  • glaciers
  • waves
  • wind
  • landslides

Emphasis is placed on the environmental applications of these processes. You will also be introduced to the tools of the geologist, including minerals, rocks, maps and aerial photographs.

Introduction to Geology is designed to help you develop a good knowledge of geology. Through independent study, you will be guided through the important aspects of geology and provided with abundant exercises to gauge your progress.


  1. An Introduction to Physical Geology
  2. Matters and Minerals
  3. Igneous Rocks and Volcanic Activity
  4. Weathering, Soils and Sedimentary Rocks
  5. Metamorphic Rocks
  6. EXAM 1
  7. Geologic Time
  8. Mass Wasting
  9. Running Water
  10. Groundwater
  11. Glaciers and Glaciation
  12. EXAM 2
  13. Shorelines
  14. Crustal Deformation
  15. Earthquakes
  16. Plate Tectonics
  17. EXAM 3
  • Demonstrate mastery of the principles, concepts and terminology of the science of geology.
  • Understand the relevance of geological principles, concepts and terminology to the world of today.

Tarbuck, E. J., & Lutgens, F. K. (2011). Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-321-66304-7.

You have 3 to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete:


Each lesson contains an overview, required reading, lesson objectives, key vocabulary, instructional notes, chapter review, assignment (primarily of short-answer questions) and practice quiz.


You may enroll at any time and have up to 9 months to complete your course, or you may be able to complete in as little as 3 months. The credits you earn will be recorded on your transcript in the semester you register. Keep in mind, UND can only verify your enrollment for the semester in which the course is registered and recorded on your transcript.