EOSC 110 · The Solid Earth: A Dynamic Planet

Earth's origin, composition, structure, and natural resources. Global and local examples of plate tectonics as the driving force for volcanism, mountain building, and earthquakes. Imaging Earth's interior and exploring its dynamic interaction with the surface. Environmental geoscience and sustainability.

[Credit cannot be obtained for both EOSC 110 and GEOG 101,103]

Course Availability & Schedule

 Non-specialist course

Learning Goals

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1.  Describe the dynamic processes that form Earth’s materials, produce its internal structure, and shape its surface features
  2. Appreciate the influence of geologic time on the processes that shape our planet
  3. Apply their understanding of dynamical complexity and the geosciences to matters that intersect global citizenship, sustainability and personal sustainability

See also learning goals for non-specialist courses.


Section 101 Fall 2015 - Dr. Lucy Porritt 

Section 201 Spring 2016 - Prof. Stuart Sutherland


Physical Geology, Plummer.


If you are also taking EOSC 111 (1 credit), which is an optional but recommended course, there will then be 3 lab hours per week.

Lab exercises include the following topics (may vary slightly): Earthquakes, Minerals & Diamond Exploration, Volcanic Hazards, Waves, Estuaries, Fossils, Plankton, Sediments & Sedimentary Rocks, Groundwater Contamination, and Dinosaurs.