Department of Environmental Sciences, Mail Stop 604, University of Toledo, 2801 West Bancroft St.,Toledo, OH 43606-3390


Course Syllabus


Physical Geology, EEES-1010-004, 3 credit hours

(Tuesday-Thursday, 12:30-1:45pm, Snyder Memorial 2100)


Course Objective: By investigating earth's materials, processes and features we learn that our planet is dynamic and continuously changing.  With an understanding of the materials that comprise the earth, we then focus on the processes that continually shape and reshape the landscape and the earth's interior.  This knowledge is used to understand geologic history, distributions of geologic resources, geologic hazards, and environmental impacts of humans. Laboratory Course:  EEES-1020, 1 credit hour, is an optional laboratory course which follows the outline for this lecture course.  This companion course focuses on mineral and rock identification, map reading, and analysis of geologic structures.  The student is not required to take both courses, nor do both courses have to be taken simultaneously.  However, you will find the visual and "hands on" nature of EEES-1020 very helpful for understanding the material in this course.



Dr. James Martin-Hayden                                      :Web Page

Office:  3034 Bowman-Oddy                                            

Telephone:  530-2634 (use E-mail if no answer)


Office Hours:  Mon-Th  11:00-12:00  (or by appointment)


Place:  Snyder Memorial 2100

Time:   Tu, Th  12:30-1:45pm

Web Site: This Link

Required text:  Physical Geology. Plummer, Carlson and Hammersley, 13th edition, 2010


Grading and tests:  There will be three multiple choice tests given during the semester, one at the end of each Unit.  Each of the semester tests (approximately 50 questions each) will be worth 20% of your final grade.  The fourth test, the final exam (75 questions), will be worth 40% of the final grade, and will cover some basic material from Units I, and II (approximately 2/3 of the test) and the material for Unit III.  Material for the tests will be taken from the lecture as well as the required text.  However, the topics emphasized in lecture will be emphasized on the tests.   


All tests must be taken on the test date shown on the course schedule.  If the student expects to be absent on the test date, advance notice should be given to the instructor and the test will be given prior to the scheduled time.  Only university accepted excuses will be honored.  If an urgent personal emergency prevents you from taking the test at the scheduled time, you must call the instructor or the Department of Geology prior to the test time and provide written documentation (doctor's notice, obituary).  All make-up tests shall be taken within 5 days of the original test date and will be short essay or essay format.


Students with disabilities: If any student has a disability that requires special assistance, please tell the instructor so that appropriate measures can be taken.  It is also recommended that the student contact the Office of Accessibility as soon as possible for additional support.


Subject Schedule

Unit I

Introducing Earth

Chapter (reading)

Week 1

Introduction to geology

Preface, ch.1

Week 2

Introduction to Plate Tectonics

ch. 1

Unit II

What the Earth is Made Of


Week 3



Week 4

Igneous Rocks and Intrusive Igneous Activity


Week 5

Start Volcanoes



Exam 1, Thursday, Feb. 10th  (20% of final grade)


Week 6

Volcanoes and Volcanism


Week 7

Weathering and Soil


Week 8

Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks


Week 9

Spring Break


Week 10

Exam 2, Thurs., March. 17th  (20% of final grade)

Week 11

Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks


Unit III

Geology at the Earth’s Surface


Week 12

Geologic Time   Mass Wasting

8, 9

Week 13

Streams and Running Water                                                                      Exam 3, Tuesday, April. 7th (20% of final grade)


Week 14

Ground Water


Week 15

Glaciers and Glaciation





Finals Week  

Final Examination (Comprehensive test worth 35% of final grade) Wednesday,. May 6, 8:00-10:00


Grading:  The number grades noted at the top of your exams will correspond to the following letter grades (The test grades may need to be adjusted to compensate for differences in the difficulty of the exams):

84-100 A
80-83   A-
77-79   B+
74-76   B
70-73   B-
67-69   C+                              
64-66   C
60-63   C-                   
57-59   D+
54-56   D
50-53   D-
Less than 50%   F