General Science 320: Earth Sciences

GNSC 320 website

  1. On this page:
  2. Course Schedule
  3. Geological Column
  4. Email Participants
  5. Journal ideas
  6. Rock and Mineral Collection guidelines
  7. Planetary Scavenger Hunt
  8. Project Ideas
  9. Lyell Focus Questions
  10. Hallam Focus Questions
  11. Web Links

(Links will be added to the above list when the pages become available.)

Course Information and Description

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Kerry Magruder
GNSC 320
Earth Sciences
Wood Science, Rm. 202 (cubicle in northwest corner)
Wood Science Rm. 108
8 and 9 a.m.
Office Phone:
Planetarium phone:
Room 214: Lab days
Room 108: Class days
Office Hours:
Mon & Wed, 11-noon
and before or after class, by chance or by appointment.
Planetarium Home Page
Home phone:
273-3989 (before 10 pm)
Virtual Office Hours by email, anytime!
The Mars Show:
Friday evenings, 8 pm

Course Description

GNSC 320 "Earth Sciences" is a junior level liberal arts course in which students explore the phenomena associated with rocks, minerals, fossils, and the Earth's present stratigraphical characteristics, and examine the inferences that can be made from these about the Earth's past. Meteorological phenomena, including weather patterns, storms and clouds, and optical phenomena of the atmosphere are surveyed. The Earth is placed in a planetary science context with an overview of the features of the solar system. Emphasis throughout this liberal arts course is given to foundations of knowledge and methods of reasoning in the geosciences.

General Course Topics

See the Course schedule for details.

Required Readings and Supplies

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Required Texts

Required Supplies

Recommended Supplementary Resources

Course Requirements

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Grading Summary

  1. Completion of all requirements is necessary for a passing grade. Grades will be calculated on a percentage basis (no curve), as follows:

Click on each of the above for an explanation.


Oklahoma Baptist University is committed to providing equal access to University programs and services for all students. Under University policy and federal and state laws, students with documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations to ensure the student has an equal opportunity to perform in class. If any member of the class has such a disability and needs special accommodations, please report to Mr. Bobby Canty in the Student Services Center, GC 101, as soon as possible to discuss possible accommodations. Reasonable accommodations may be arranged after verification of your situation. Do not hesitate to contact me if any assistance is needed in this process.

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Basic Celestial Phenomena
Constellations index
Basic Celestial Phenomena


Not a Medieval Woodcut

Planetarium pages

Theories of the Earth
History of Science


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