GEL1010EN - Historical Geology

Course description

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

How this course benefits students

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.

Why this course is important

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.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Geological Studies
Educational level
Natural Sciences Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Olugbenga Akin Ige, Professor of Geology

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Students will learn different interpretations of earth history and how those interpretations relate to Scripture.

Missionally driven

Students will be equipped to help others discern issues related to earth history and Scripture, which are stumbling blocks for many believers.

Contextually informed

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.

Interculturally focused

The critical thinking skills acquired in this course, such as distinguishing data from interpretation, should enable students to discern geological issues across cultures.

Practically minded

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).

Experientially transformed

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.