I. Course Prefix/Number: EAS 102
Course Name: Historical Geology
Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 3 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course introduces evolution of planet Earth and life through history. Content will examine evolution of life and its significance in interpreting prehistoric events.
IV. Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this course, a student should be able to:
- Interpret data for the sequencing of prehistoric events.
- Outline how plate tectonics, volcanism, and sedimentary processes have shaped the earth surface and identify related features.
- Explain the basis for relative and radiometric age dating and reconstruct the Geologic Time Scale.
- Differentiate between fact and opinions regarding such concepts as geologic time and evolution.
- Describe challenges and solutions for continuity and correlation in the fossil record.
- Work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, both individually and in groups.
- Communicate effectively in writing or speech.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- The Dynamic and Evolving Earth
- Minerals and Rocks
- Plate Tectonics
- Geologic Time
- Rocks, Fossils, and Time
- Sedimentary Rocks
- Achaean Earth History and Life
- Proterozoic Earth History and Life
- The Early Paleozoic Vertebrates and Plants
- Mesozoic Earth History and Life
- The Paleogene and Neogene
- The Pleistocene and Holocene Epochs
- Life of the Cenezoic Era
- Primate and Human Evolution
*Instructor provided labs will accompany most topics. At a minimum 10 labs are required.
VII. Methods of Instruction
Instructional methods may include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Assigned readings
- Field trips
- Lab exercises
- Case studies
- Field demonstrations
- Video clips
- Web activities and links
- Application assignments
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Required course practices are to be established by the instructor. Completion of lab exercises is required. Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
IX. Instructional Materials
Textbook: Historical Geology, Wicander and Monroe, 7th Edition, Cengage Learning.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Evaluation of student learning is established by the instructor and may include, but is not limited to:
- Research Papers
- Class Participation
- Laboratory Reports
- Oral Presentations
- Application Assignments
- Field Journals
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.