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2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
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GEOL 006 - (NS) Introduction to Dinosaurs and the Mesozoic World

Semester Hours: 3
Drawing on the latest geological and paleontological research, this course introduces the student to the scientific methods and thinking used to reconstruct the history of the Earth. Although the focus of the course is on dinosaurs and the characteristics of the Mesozoic world in which they lived, students learn how fundamental scientific theories such as geochronology, evolution, and plate tectonics provide the framework for interpreting the geologic past. Course topics also include the history of dinosaur paleontology, the climate, flora, and fauna of the Mesozoic, the evolution of birds, dinosaur paleobiology, and the riddle of the extinction of the dinosaurs. Written research report and in-class oral presentation using visual media required of all students. Field trips support course topics. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory.)

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