ESCI 101    
Professor Timothy H. Heaton

This course is called Principles of Earth Science I, or Physical Geology, and is the first course in the Earth Science general education laboratory sequence at USD. It is also required of Earth Science majors. At least one section is taught every Fall and Spring semester. Most students go on to take Principles of Earth Science II, or Historical Geology, for which this is a prerequisite.

This page is for Dr. Heaton's lecture section of ESCI 101. Dr. Mark Sweeney teaches the Tuesday/Thursday lecture section and has his own Web page here.

Each student should be registered for a lab section. Labs meet once a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in Patterson 119. Be sure to be in attendance each week with your lab exercise. To download and print your lab exercises, log into D2L at, select ESCI 101 Lab, and look for the files in the Content area.

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Course Syllabus and Class Schedule
(Download as Word Document)

Textbook Home Page
(includes practice exams)

Dr. Heaton's Practice Exams

Planetary Geology (Chapter 1)
The Earth's Interior (Chapter 1)
Atoms and Minerals (Chapter 3)
Igneous Rocks and Volcanoes (Chapters 4-5)
Sedimentary Rocks and Weathering (Chapters 6)
Metamorphic Rocks and Processes (Chapter 7)
Matching Questions on Rocks (Chapters 3-7)
Plate Tectonics (Chapter 2)
Earthquakes (Chapter 8)
Crustal Deformation (Chapter 9)
Geologic Time (Chapter 10)
Oceanic and Continental Crust
Water and River Systems (Chapter 14)
Groundwater (Chapter 16)
Atmosphere and Ocean (Extra)
Shorelines (Chapter 15)
Deserts and Wind (Chapter 17)
Glaciers and Glaciation (Chapter 18)
Mass Wasting (Chapter 13)
Practice Geologic Time Scale Other Earth Science Practice Exams

Student Contribution Practice Exams

Please no true/false or simple essay questions.
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19

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