Course Syllabus


Course Description

Geology is the study of the world around us and the way it was formed. The study expands beyond the earth and includes the building blocks of the whole universe. Without the study of geology, it would have been very difficult to build the modern world around us. For one thing, it would have been impossible to locate building materials for our roads, houses, and office buildings. Without ready access to metals like gold, we would never have been able to make the wide range of electrical devices like cell phones and digital cameras that we all depend on.


The study of geology is about more than just identifying rocks or finding mineral deposits. It is the study of how all Earth's systems work together so that we can work with nature instead of against it, and we can have a better grasp of the future implications of our actions on the world around us.

An understanding of geology and the Earth's systems has become critical in a wide range of fields. It's not just miners, oil riggers and college professors who study the story of the rocks: it is also civil engineers, architects, urban planners, government officials, and investors.

In this course, you will learn about: Geology History; Fossils and Earth History--Geologic Time; Fossils and Earth History--The  Eons and Eras; Rock types; Geomagnetism; Plate Tectonics; Recycling and Renewal; Erosion; The Rock Cycle; Rocks and Minerals; Gemstones and Mining.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize the history of geology.
  • Describe fossils and earth history--geologic time.
  • Describe fossils and earth history--the eons and eras.
  • Define rock types.
  • Describe geomagnetism.
  • Summarize plate tectonics.
  • Describe recycling and renewal processes.
  • Describe erosion.
  • Summarize rocks, minerals, and the rock cycle.
  • Describe gemstones and mining.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction 5 points
Lesson 1 Assignment 15 points
Lesson 1 : Introduction 9 points
Lesson 2 Assignment 10 points
Lesson 2 : Geology History 10 points
Lesson 3 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 3 Exam 9 points
Lesson 4 Assignment 15 points
Lesson 4 Exam 9 points
Lesson 5 Assignment 15 points
Lesson 5 : Rock types 9 points
Lesson 6 Assignment 15 points
Lesson 6 : Geomagnetism 9 points
Lesson 7 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 7 : Plate Tectonics 10 points
Lesson 8 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 8 : Recycling and Renewal 9 points
Lesson 9 Assignment 15 points
Lesson 9 : Erosion 9 points
Lesson 10 Assignment 10 points
Lesson 10 : Rock, Mineral, and Rock Cycle 9 points
Lesson 11 Assignment 10 points
Lesson 11 : Rocks and Minerals 10 points
Lesson 12 Assignment 10 points
Lesson 12 : Gemstones and Mining 10 points
Lesson 13 Assignment 15 points
The Final Exam 550 points
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