College Physical Geology


Dual Enrollment with State University of New York: College at Oneonta;

MHS Course #04630, 04630-L

College credits are transferable to other colleges.

$200 E.S.O.P. transcript processing fee to the College at Oneonta

Prerequisite of Regents Earth Science

This full year laboratory college-level elective course for high school juniors and seniors begins where sections of the curriculum outlined by the New York State syllabus in Physical Setting Earth Science (geology) left off, but delves more deeply. This full year laboratory course will take place with double periods of instruction every other day, and single periods of instruction on the days between. Topics include but are not limited to past and present resources and their extraction processes, volcanology, mineralogy, seismology, petrology, natural hazard mitigation, discussion and debates centered around some of today’s most prevalent geo-environmental/geo-political/geo-economic issues, the solutions can be applied, quantitative and qualitative analysis of materials data, and Plate Tectonics. There are multiple excursions, and one required field trip.

College Physical Geology is a dual-enrollment course. Students who successfully complete all coursework and requirements of the The New York State College at Oneonta Earth Science Outreach Program earn four undergraduate science credits (transferable) through the State University of New York. E.S.O.P. requires a $200 processing and fee (students are not charged for the college credits). Students who do not enroll to earn college credit will complete the same college-level coursework as those who have enrolled for college credits.

College Physical Geology is designed to challenge high school juniors and seniors through their development of science literacy, spatial reasoning, critical thinking skills, effective communication, organization and college-level study skills. The scientifically-literate citizen; the critical thinker; the real-life problem-solver – the person whose communication and social skills set them apart from all others as a positive asset to the field, these skills dictate that they should be hired – and these are the skills that are sought by employers.

Course Requirements

    • Students who have enrolled in Advanced Geology should have successfully completed Regents Earth Science (Physical Setting), and passed the Regents Earth Science (Physical Setting) exam, as well as exhibit an intense and active desire to learn more about the geology of Earth.
    • A portfolio will be compiled and submitted to The New York State University College at Oneonta E.S.O.P. Administration for final verification of quality of student learning throughout the course.
    • There will be a mandatory field trip toward the Final Exam Project (~April/May)
    • Fee: A processing fee of $200 will be submitted to The New York State University College at Oneonta for the processing of credits earned through the Earth Science Outreach Program (by check).
    • Students enrolled with the E.S.O.P. program are upheld to The New York State University College at Oneonta Student Code of Conduct, just as other students enrolled therein. PDF File can be downloaded for perusal at the bottom of this page, and at

Course Goals and Objectives

(S.U.N.Y. & College at Oneonta compatible). Students will demonstrate their/an :

    • ability to plan, organize and manage their materials and time in an effective manner.
    • ability to exhibit the effective exchange of ideas through appropriate use of written or oral language.
    • ability to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or other’s work and will develop well-reasoned arguments.
    • ability to perform the basic operations of personal computer use; understand and use basic research techniques; and locate, evaluate, and
    • synthesize information from a variety of sources.
    • an understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development,
    • measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence and employment of mathematical analysis; and application of scientific data, concepts, and models.
    • ability to describe and identify geologic materials.
    • understanding of how rocks, sediments, and soils form.
    • comprehension of the role of deep time in Earth history.
    • understanding of how life has evolved through geologic time.
    • understanding of processes that occur on and within the Earth and interactions among Earth’s systems.
    • ability to collect and analyze geologic information in field and laboratory settings.
    • understanding of how geologic processes and materials intertwine with societal needs.
    • the application of scientific reasoning, technology and collaborative skills to solve geologic problems.
    • ability to utilize scientific methods to execute research projects that include collections, analysis and interpretation of data.
    • ability to communicate scientific and technical information effectively through appropriate oral, visual and written presentation.

Instructor Office Hours & Contact Information

Office Hours: Monday's, and other days by appointment.

Contact by Email:

College Physical Geology meets one period every day, two periods back to back every other day.

Resources - Textbook, Additional, and Assignments


Designated three-ring binder (1.5” rings); Tab dividers (4+); pen/cils, highlighters, colored pencils. Suggested: pencil sharpener, erasers, supplies sac.


The course grade for the year is an average of the 4 Quarterly grades (20% each), a Midterm Project (10%) and the Final Exam/Project grade (10%).

Quarterly numerical grades are determined through a variety of assessments throughout the year. In some cases, assessments are content specific. Others include active participation in learning and class experiences, home study and preparation for class activities, demonstration of ancillary and content skills, class assignments, lab reports, collaboration with other college-level course participants, etc. Assignments can be 30 – 60 minutes per night. Only assignments submitted in a timely manner will be accepted for a possible grade of 100%. Each class day an assignment is late, a proportional 15% will be deducted.

Numeric grades will be submitted to SUNY after conversion to an alpha system. A (= 100-90); B (= 89-80); C (= 79-70); D (= 69-60); F (<60).

Grades lower than 'C' are not usually accepted or transferable among colleges.

Attendance & Late Assignments

At the college-level as in the work force, students are expected to be punctual – that means early arrival to the classroom. Arriving a little early will enable all students in the class to begin on time....and leave on time. The ‘late bell’ sounds when instruction begins in the next class. Students who are seated in the classroom when the late bell rings are considered to be ‘on time’ (prepared for class to begin) and will be present for the beginning of the class experience.

Absences, and missed class time, hinder student progress. In accordance with the Mahopac High School Attendance Policy, legal absences provide a student an opportunity to make up missed grades - illegal absences will not. Assignments submitted late will not be accepted for a grade.

Forms and Resources

  • S.U.N.Y. Oneonta Transcript Request Form here.