Department of Earth Science |Northeastern Illinois University

ESCI 337

What should you bring to this course?

If you are an undergraduate, you should come into this course with the ability to do the following:

w List the three major classes of rocks.
w List two types of rock that belong to each of the major classes, and give examples of each.
w List the major types of sediments in order of descending grain size.
w Tell what type of rock each type of sediment would form, if lithified.
w Draw a diagram illustrating the processes and products of the rock cycle.
w Name and describe the two major types of weathering processes.
w List and describe three major types of glacial deposits, and describe how they form.

w Use a topographic map to investigate and describe the topography of an area.
w Use a topographic map to determine what direction a stream flows.
w Use a topographic map to tell what direction is downhill from a given point.
w Given elevation values at several data points, construct a simple topographic contour map.
w Given a point on a map, use the Public Land Survey system (Township, Range, and Section) to tell its
    geographic location.
w Given the Township, Range, and Section of a point, plot it on a topographic map.
w Use a topographic map to construct a topographic profile.

w Give and use the geometric formulas for area of a rectangle, triangle, and circle.
w Give and use the geometric formulas for the volume of a rectangular solid and a cylinder.
w Give the general formula for a graph of a straight line and explain what each variable in the formula means.
w Given a simple algebraic formula containing several variables, rearrange the formula to solve for each variable.  (For example, if 2y = 3x + 5, rearrange the formula to solve for x, and then rearrange it to solve for y.)
w Write a number both in scientific notation and in normal format.
w Raise a number to an exponential power.

Grad students are expected to have a deeper understanding of stratigraphy (in particular glacial geologic stratigraphy); the geologic time scale; interpretation of geologic history of an area from geologic data such as maps, drillhole data, and outcrop descriptions; methods for constructing and reading geologic cross sections; use of geologic maps; construction and use of topographic maps; algebraic manipulation; use of logarithms; graphing; and basic calculus notation.

Department of Earth Science | Northeastern Illinois University

© 2005 Laura L. Sanders.  Last updated August 29, 2005.