OSHR 1805 - Geology and Geologic History of Colorado

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

This basic geology short course is designed to give non-geologists the knowledge and skills to understand the historic and current geology of Colorado and to appreciate the 2.7 billion years involved in its making.

Lectures and practical hands-on exercises will enhance your understanding of the processes and their timing that are responsible for the formations of the rocks and geologic features that contribute to Colorado’s spectacular scenery. Participants will be introduced to the use of the scientific method in describing and interpreting common minerals, rocks, and fossils found in Colorado.

Practical exercises will involve the use of basic geologic principles, topographic and geologic maps, sections, and images to interpret the geologic history of selected areas of our state; especially along the Colorado Front Range.

Readings: Matthews, Vincent, Messages in Stone: Colorado’s Colorful Geology (2nd Edition), Colorado Geological Survey, Denver, CO, 183 p., 2009, ISBN 978-1-884216-08-4 (NOTE: this book can be purchased online from the Colorado Geological Survey; $19.95 plus shipping; used copies can be found on Amazon.com).

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.