Dr. Tammy Rittenour OFFICE HOURS: Mon.
Room 115 in back of lab, Geology Bldg. (#18) Wed.
Room 114, Geology Bldg.
Required: Process Geomorphology, 4th edition (Ritter, Kochel, and Miller, 2002)
This course provides an introduction to Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology with a focus on Earth-surface processes as well as becoming better acquainted with our local and regional landscape. Lectures will utilize the text and additional handouts (so should you), and the lecture section will include three exercises that will involve short presentations, class discussions, written essays, and computer/numerical fun. We will begin the course with an introduction to the science, then the topics will generally follow a small-scale to large-scale progression from hillslope systems to drainages and fluvial systems to entire landscapes. Along the way we get to learn about weathering, soils, sediment transport, hydrology, glacial processes and landforms, paleoclimate, and neotectonics.
Although the labs will be run
separately, they are absolutely essential to learning geomorphology and more
important than any given lecture. The
field trips and laboratory exercises will be very closely tied to the lecture
section and are intended to illustrate not only the landscapes of our region,
but how geomorphic research is done.
Besides field trips run during lab time, a weekend field trip is planned
1: No cheating.
2: No make-up exams. Slightly early exams ok.
3: No cell phones on
Two exams (100pts each): = 200 pts. (33.3%)
Comprehensive final exam: = 100 pts. (16.7%)
Three exercises (50 pts each): = 150 pts. (25%)
Overall lab grade: = 150 pts. (25%)