EaES 360

Introduction to Paleontology

Instructor: Plotnick
Components: lectures, labs,field trips, paper
Prerequisite: EaES 101 or EaES 102 , or one year of biology
Timing: spring semester
Frequency: alternate years
Credits: 4 credit hours

This course provides a general introduction to paleontology. Subject areas are about equally divided between basic principles, including evolution, functional morphology, biostratigraphy, and systematics, and an overview of the principal groups of fossil organisms. Labs focus on the morphology and systematics of the major fossil groups. Each student writes a term paper about a topic of choice. There is a one-day field trip to a major fossil collecting site.