Stevens Prep Academy Science courses Geology BOOK: Various materials and books used, this is very much a hands on course. The study of geology helps students clarify their understanding of the structure of Earth and the dynamic processes that have shaped and continue to shape it. In the Geology Elective Core, students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions based on critical thinking and problem solving. Topics emphasized include plate tectonics, Earth’s materials, geologic dating, internal and external geological processes, hydrology, and geology as it relates to the state of Alabama. Students will develop and use critical thinking skills use scientific methods develop and use technology skills apply knowledge and skills learned to practical questions and problems place theories and discoveries of significant persons into a historical perspective use clear and accurate language keep accurate records make reports present oral and written projects participate in discussions regarding the results and conclusions of scientific investigations practice safe field and laboratory investigations to illustrate scientific concepts and principles and to support inquiry-based instruction. Prerequisite science course for the Geology Elective Core is the Physical Science Core or the Chemistry Core.