CLASS HOUR SECTION A: MTWF 11:00-11:50, R 11:00-12:50






INSTRUCTOR: Brian Scheidt

Office #15 AS Building

Office Telephone 573-518-2314

Email: bscheidt@mineralarea.edu

Office Hours WF 10:00-10:50, TR 8:30-9:30 and M 12:00-12:50

Dept Chair: Nancy Peterson


Text: Tarbuck and Lutgens: Earth Science 10th Ed., Prentice-Hall New Jersey, 2003.

Lab Manual: Tarbuck, Lutgens, and Pinzke: Applications and Investigations in Earth Science 5th Ed. Prentice-Hall New Jersey,2006

Tarbuck, Lutgens, and Pinzke; Study Guide to Accompany Earth Science 9th Ed. Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 2000.



  1. Students will develop the technical vocabulary necessary to understand and correctly use terminology specific to the earth sciences.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic concepts of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy by correctly answering a majority of the written questions presented on exams and homework assignments.
  3. Students will become aware of the scientific method and how it applies to earth studies.
  4. Students will develop an awareness of the geologic time lines concerning geology and oceanography.
  5. Students will develop an awareness of the significance of the earth sciences with regards to society both past and present and with interaction between humans and the environment.




  1. Students are expected to participate in lectures and discussions.  In order to do so students shall complete reading assignments prior to class time.


  1. Students will have an opportunity to view various visual materials designed to clarify concepts and to enhance understanding of key concepts of the earth sciences.


3.   Students will obtain a better understanding of the Earth’s systems and how humans interact with the Earth.



              There will be a test after each unit in the textbook.  Each will consist of multiple choice, short answer and/or short essay questions.  Tests of equal value will be given during the semester.  In addition to the tests throughout the semester, there will also be a comprehensive final.  No make-up exams will be given.  Your lowest non-final test score will be dropped.  The final cannot be dropped.



              Homework will primarily be selected review questions from the end of the chapter.  Homework questions are due at the beginning of the class period.  If homework is not turned in at that time it is considered late.   Late homework assignments will be accepted however in order to be accepted (with a penalty for being late) the student must complete ALL review questions from the chapter instead of the selected questions that were assigned. Late homework may be turned in up to on week from the time it is due.


              Quizzes are usually unannounced and offered in the first or the last few minutes of class.  If you are late to class or miss class you will not be able to make the quiz up. 


              We will conduct approximately one laboratory experiment each week.  The lab is a chance to apply what you are learning in lecture.  Instructions are given at the beginning of the class so it is very important to not arrive late on lab days.


***Cell phones ringing in class are not permitted.  If cell phones ringing in class become a problem (more than one time throughout the year) points will be deducted from the next test. If a student is text messaging during class 10 points will be deducted from the next test.


Grading will be based on total points from the lecture tests, quizzes, and from homework assignments. 


Tests      (Including the final)          =                          75%

Homework & Quizzes                  =                          15%

Labs                                                 =                          10%



              A= 90-100%     B=80- 89%        C=70-79%        D=60-69%        F=<60%



If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and need any test or course material provided in an alternative format, notify your instructor immediately.  Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.





              It is college policy that a student will be dropped for non-attendance after two weeks of consecutive absence.  A student may also be dropped for “excessive absences.”  Two weeks of classes (other than excused school activities) at any time during the semester will be considered excessive and the student will be dropped.  The instructor will have the final authority to drop any student for excessive absence or conduct disruptive to the class.  Students are expected to arrive on time for class every two times a student will arrive late will count as one absence.  If a student misses more than two weeks of class they may be dropped from class. 



              A student who wishes to withdraw from class must complete a Drop Slip available in the Main Office.  Failure to do so may result in a failing grade for the course rather than a drop for non-attendance.  If a student wishes to withdraw from all classes for any reason, a Withdrawal from School form, available in the Student Service Office must be completed.



If any student conducts themselves inappropriately as indicated by the board policy manual (cheating, plagiarism, forgery, etc.) the student will receive a failing grade in the class and the student will additionally the case may be submitted to the Committee on Student Conduct and Welfare.