Dr. Jon Bryan is a Professor of Geology at Northwest Florida State College and former chair of Sciences Division. He teaches courses in Principles of Geology I (Physical Geology), Principles of Geology II (Historical Geology), Paleontology, Oceanography, Astronomy, and Earth Science and has developed new courses in Astrobiology, Natural Disasters (online) and Issues In Science & Religion. He has also taught graduate courses in Coastal Geography and Evolutionary Paleobiology at the University of West Florida.
Dr. Bryan's commitment to excellence in undergraduate education was recognized with the 2000 Florida Professor of the Year award by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and selection as a state semifinalist for the Professor of the Year Award for Instructional Excellence by the Florida Association of Community Colleges. Additionally, he was selected twice as a recipient/participant of the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development Award for Teaching & Leadership Excellence (sponsored by the University of Texas, College of Education) and also selected twice by students at NWF State College as the annual Professor of the Year. He holds a doctorate in Geology from the University of Tennessee, a Masters degree in Geology from the University of Florida and a BS in Geology from Florida State University.
NOTE: Florida has a common course numbering system among all 11 public state universities and 28 state colleges. As such, courses noted below are considered equivalent and fully transferable.
Astronomy AST 1002
This non-lab one-semester course is designed to meet the general education requirements in physical science for non-science majors and for students in related scientific fields needing a scientific elective. The course includes topics in planetary astronomy, the sun and stellar evolution, galaxies, and cosmology. Also covered are basic physical laws, light, and telescopes.