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Free Online Introductory Geology Course

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About this Course

This course of study is built around  Physical Geology: Earth Revealed, 6/e; authored by Carlson, Plummer, and McGeary; and published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education.  

Having this textbook at hand can be very helpful, but it is not required for a rewarding learning experience.

This is an academic course that is intended for advanced secondary and postsecondary studies.

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Lesson 1
Introducing Geology and An Overview of Important Concepts

Lesson 2
Earth's Interior and Geophysical Properties

Lesson 3
The Sea Floor

Lesson 4
Plate Tectonics

Lesson 5
Mountain Belts and the Continental Crust

Lesson 6
Geologic Structures

Lesson 7

Lesson 8
Time and Geology

Lesson 9
Atoms, Elements, and Minerals

Lesson 10
Volcanism and Extrusive Rocks

Lesson 11
Igneous Rocks, Intrusive Activity, and the Origin of Igneous Rocks

Lesson 12
Weathering and Soil

Lesson 13
Mass Wasting

Lesson 14
Sediment and Sedimentary Rocks

Lesson 15
Metamorphism, Metamorphic Rocks, and Hydrothermal Rocks

Lesson 16
Streams and Floods

Lesson 17
Ground Water

Lesson 18
Deserts and Wind Action

Lesson 19
Glaciers and Glaciation

Lesson 20
Waves, Beaches and Coasts

Lesson 21
Geologic Resources

Lesson 22
The Earth's Companions

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If you enjoy this free online geology course, as well as other courses and find them useful we invite you to enroll in our online or field based environmental studies credit courses and/or degree programs, or the degree program of your choice. This will allow you to receive full credit toward a degree and grant you online access to a professor who will both evaluate your work and assist you with any questions or difficulties you may have.


Alternately, you may submit a portfolio to have the experience and learning you have gained on these free courses evaluated for college credit or a possible degree.


Please keep checking back with us as free online courses and resources are constantly being added and updated.



Batavia University
Indra Valley Inn
Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra, Indonesia
Near the Entrance to Gunung Leuser National Park and Bohorok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
Central Administrative Office in Harapan Baru, West Bekasi, Indonesia
We are affiliated with the Global Institute
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