Geology 111 Syllabus



This introductory course is for anyone curious about active geologic processes and resources. It focuses on recognizing and understanding how observed features on the earth came to exist and how they may change in the future. Students learn to understand and identify the materials that make up the earth. They also learn to identify and interpret landforms and features from topographic maps, remote sensing images, and geologic maps.



Required Materials

Textbook and Online Tools

EARTH An Introduction to Physical Geology, 12th Edition WITH access to MasteringGeology

There are ONLY two sources from which you may purchase this text with access to the required MasteringGeology online tools. Use ONE of the following sources to make your purchase.

***Do not purchase these materials from any other source. You will not be able to find this item at a lower cost elsewhere. If you use another source you run a substantial risk of purchasing the wrong item.***

Computer Access

It is assumed that you either have your own computer or you have consistent access to a computer. You need to have the appropriate permissions on your computer to download lesson content, access websites, and update and/or download software as needed along with consistent, reliable access to an Internet connection. Visit the Orientation to Online Learning page in the first week of your course to verify that you have your computer set up properly.

Microsoft Office Suite

You will use Microsoft Office products in this course. If you do not yet have the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) on your computer, you may use this free download to obtain the software.

Note: The free download is only for BYU-I students with a current login.

Keys to Success

BYU-Idaho Learning Model

All courses, including online courses, at BYU-Idaho follow a pattern of learning that enables students to take more responsibility for their own learning and for helping to teach one another. This pattern is called the Learning Model. Here are two pages to help you better understand the Learning Model.

Tips for Success in this Course

Since this is a three-credit course, you should expect to spend around 9-12 hours per week (3-4 hours per credit-hour) completing course activities and assessments. Plan your weekly schedule wisely to set aside adequate study time and allow you to work at a healthy, steady pace throughout the course.

Read your the Announcements each week before beginning the lesson. Your instructor will provide timely information about changes, expectations and other important things to notes as you begin the week.

Grading Policies

Late Work Policy

No late work is allowed in this course. Plan your weekly schedule wisely to set aside adequate study time and allow you to work at a healthy, steady pace throughout the course.

Grade Scale

Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 100% –93%
A- 92% – 90%
B+ 89% – 87%
B 86% – 83%
B- 82% – 80%
C+ 79% – 77%
C 76% – 73%
C- 72% – 70%
D+ 69% – 67%
D 66% – 63%
D- 62% – 60%
F 59% – 00%

University Policies

Student Honor Code

Student Honor is following the path of discipleship and learning to be more like Christ - learning to think, to feel, and to act more as He does. Following the Honor Code is of great importance as you strive to be a disciple of Christ. Academic honesty and integrity is expected of all BYU-I students.

By adhering to the Honor Code you will create a learning environment, “consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” ( Honor Code webpage).

Student Policies

You are responsible for understand all university student policies. Read the Student Policies and Procedures which include Student Honor, Students with Disabilities, Sexual Harassment, Complaints and Grievances, etc. There is also a University Policies page in your course with helpful contact information. Student Support

Tutoring and Academic Support

Tutoring options for online students are available through the Academic Support Centers. There are tutors available to help you with your writing questions and there might be course-specific tutoring available. Check the Online Tutoring page for more details.

Online Support Center

The Online Support Center provides many links and contact information for services such as: technology support, registration, Academic support and other student resources.


The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.