PCC Geology 1

Kahiltna Glacier, the longest in Denali National Park, stretching 45 miles through the Alaska Range south of Denali, the highest mountain in North America at 6,190 m (20,310 ft)

Douglas Given, U. S. Geological Survey at Caltech

Tu-Th 2:45-5:55, room E-203

Office hours:     30 minutes after class on Thursdays or call for appointment
Caltech Office:  (626) 583-7812
E-Mail:                given@caltech.edu


This class will emphasize understanding the dynamic processes of the earth as we survey a broad range of physical geology topics. We will learn and apply the methodology, terminology, and techniques used by scientists. Lab work will give you hands-on experience with many aspects of mineralogy and geology. Concurrent enrollment in the field class, Geology 1F (geology field trips), is encouraged but not mandatory.

"You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing -- that's what counts." — Richard P. Feynman

Stuff you need to buy

Text Book --
Essentials of Geology (4th or 5th edition)
Stephen Marshak
W.W. Norton  Co.
Publication Date: October 30, 2012 | ISBN-10: 0393919390 | ISBN-13: 978-0393919394 | Edition: Fourth Edition

Save $$$ - buy or rent the text book online HERE or HERE (pay for FAST delivery, must arrive by week 3).

Other required materials:

          • 10x Hand lens -- you can buy one in class for $7 or on the web

Stuff you need to do each week

Tutoring, checking out mineral sets, etc.
  • If available, geology tutors can be found in the Geology Study Room. Their hours should be posted on the blackboard on the south end of that room.
  • Take-home mineral sets can be checked out Monday through Thursday from the geology lab tech. She is located in the room behind the split doors near the elevator. Sets may be checked out over night. Sets checked out on Thursday may be kept until Monday.
Geology Tutor Hours (Fall 2017)
Mo     12:30p - 5:00p
Tu     10:00a - 3:00p
We    12:30p - 5:00p
Th       9:00a - 12:00p, 12:30p - 2:30p
Fr       none


Late assignments will be accepted for 1/2 credit.

IMPORTANT: The two main reasons students get D’s & F’s in this course are... (It's NOT the tests)

  1) Failure to complete weekly reading quizzes on time.

  2) Failure to complete or turn in lab assignments.

Other Info

In-class Etiquette
  • Please silence cell phones.
  • No use of electronics (phones, tablets or laptops) in class (unless you demonstrate to me that you are taking notes)
  • Please don't listen to music during lab, rather interact with our lab partners
  • Do NOT use Google or other web sites during lab exercises - think for yourself.