Course Details

Instructors, Lecture, Lab, Grading Criteria, CSRRC


Professor Claudia C. Johnson
Office: IGWS 4010
Phone: 855-0646
(please add EAS E114 to the email subject line)
OFFICE HOURS: Monday, 2:30-3:30 pm and by appointment.  Online.


Professor David Polly
Office: IGWS 4022E
Phone: 855-7994

Lectures are Monday and Wednesday, 11:15 am – 12:05 pm in Geology 126.

Labs are Tuesday 5:45-7:40 pm, Wednesday 1:25-3:20 pm, 3:35-5:30 pm, and Thursday 5:45-7:40 pm in the Geology Building Room 522 or in a location to be announced. You are required to attend 2 lectures and 1 lab per week.


  • Exam 1 – 20%
  • Exam 2 – 20%
  • Exam 3 – 25%
  • In-Lecture Exercises – 10%
  • Labs – 25%

Each lecture exam is comprehensive and will include material presented from the beginning of the semester. Laboratory sessions have a weekly assignment that must be completed and submitted to Canvas by a specified deadline. The assignment will be graded before your next lab session. Your final grade for the course will be based on scores from 3 exams, in-lecture exercises, and laboratory assignments.


A missed lecture exam will require official documentation to substantiate the absence, and can be made-up only at the discretion of the professor.

A missed lab session and assignment will require official documentation and permission from the professor to make-up the assignment. There are 13 labs for which assignments are due throughout the semester. There are 16 weeks to the semester. If you are having trouble keeping up in the class, please come and speak with your AI or with me.

Final Grade Distribution:

A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D-60-69; F=59 & lower; marks of + and - will be added to the letter grades as follows (- assigned to 0, 1, 2; + assigned to grades of 7, 8, or 9; e.g., 87%=B+, 61%=D-; 74%=C). Class grades are not curved.

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