Historical Geology explores the nature and formation of the geologic column. This course will describe the fossils and deposits that correlate with different parts of the rock record, as well as the processes that may have produced those deposits. Multiple interpretations of historical geologic events will be evaluated and discussed.Prerequisites: Physical Geology
This in-depth study of the geologic column will equip students with a deeper knowledge of issues regarding earth history. An understanding of the rock record and associated nomenclature will be essential for those who may need to interpret geologic maps and literature as part of their profession.
Questions related to origins and earth history have become increasingly relevant in our naturalistic age, and many of these are derived from geology. Christian students need to be able to discern these issues so that they can appropriately guide others in their vocation.
Students will learn different interpretations of earth history and how those interpretations relate to Scripture.
Students will be equipped to help others discern issues related to earth history and Scripture, which are stumbling blocks for many believers.
The course will prepare students to engage the naturalistic beliefs that are prevalent in western cultures, while recognizing that non-western cultures may deal with different kinds of issues.
The critical thinking skills acquired in this course, such as distinguishing data from interpretation, should enable students to discern geological issues across cultures.
Students will move beyond a basic understanding to interpreting more advanced problems, and will be able to recognize terms related to geological ages (which are commonly used in the field of geology).
Students will be able to discern issues related to Biblical interpretations of earth history, which will help them in their own lives and as they interact with others.