GEOSCI 150 - Dinosaur Extinction and Other Controversies
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Geological Sciences (GEOSCI)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Geological observations have had a profound impact on our understanding of the origin and evolution of life on Earth. This course seeks to provide the broad historical and conceptual background required to critique geological and evolutionary theory. We will begin by considering the nature of scientific inquiry and the substantial pre-Darwinian history of geological thought. We will then explore early concepts and controversies concerning the geologic history of life and their importance for Darwin's theory of natural selection. Many other keystone geological controversies, including the age of the earth, plate tectonics, and asteroid impacts will be addressed in the context of our understanding of the history of life on earth. Finally, we will discuss modern questions in evolutionary biology and geology, particularly with respect to their potential social significance.

GEOSCI 150 - Dinosaur Extinction and Other Controversies
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: First Year Seminar. Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during Summer Orientation. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may register.
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