GLY 1102 – Age of Dinosaurs


General Education Credit: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences
College Credit: 3

Course Instructor: Anita Marshall
Anita Marshall, Ph.D.
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About The Course

This is an introductory course with no prerequisites. This course is online and asynchronous, meaning no required activities will be conducted “live”. In this asynchronous online course, we will explore the fundamental concepts of geology and biology, and of course dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes.

Course Goals

The focus of this course is dinosaurs. But to understand dinosaurs and their place in Earth’s history, we will also explore the basics of geology including how the Earth changes over time and how rocks and fossils form. To understand dinosaurs as living organisms, we will cover biology basics including organization and classification of taxa, anatomy, and ecosystems.

The primary goals of this course are to:

  • Introduce the science of Paleontology through an examination of dinosaurs and other Mesozoic life.
  • Learn about the materials, processes, and events that comprise and shape the Earth over time.

  • Examine the concepts of Deep Time including the geologic time scale and how to determine the age of rock layers and fossils.
  • Learn the basic concepts of biology, ecology, and anatomy needed to understand dinosaurs and their place in the history of life on Earth.
  • Understanding the process of scientific inquiry and refine critical thinking skills.
  • Improving scientific literacy by strengthening knowledge of the concepts and terminology used in scientific research and news articles.

Satisfied High School Graduation Requirement Subject: Elective
High School Credit: 0.5