The lecture part of the course will cover two important aspects of ‘historical’ geology. The first halfof the course will cover fundamental principles and concepts in geosciences needed to reconstruct and interpret Earth history, including the nature of Earth materials and Earth structure, paleontology and the evolution of life, plate tectonics, major depositional environments and the sedimentary record, role of sea level, the climate system and global climate change, relative dating and geologic time, and principles of stratigraphy and correlation. The second half of the course deals with Earth history; all 4.56 billion years of life, climate, and environmental evolution. Lectures will be a mix of PowerPoint slides and ‘chalk talk’. The lab meets either Wednesday afternoon or Friday afternoon.