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Professor John J. Renton, Ph.D.

Professor John J. Renton
  • West Virginia University
  • West Virginia University
My goal as a teacher, be it in the classroom or by way of my Great Course, is to have my students develop an understanding and appreciation of the geology that surrounds them every day and wherever they may travel.
Dr. John J. Renton is Professor of Geology at West Virginia University where he has been teaching for more than 40 years. He earned his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Waynesburg College and went on to earn his master's degree and Ph.D. in Geology from West Virginia University. Professor Renton is the recipient of several awards for his success in teaching, including the Outstanding Educator Award from the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the West Virginia University Foundation. Professor Renton is the author of the textbook, Planet Earth. He has also authored or coauthored 45 papers and has been part of more than $4 million of coal-related research grants.
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15 Courses and Sets

  1. Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology Sale

    Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology

    John J. Renton
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $84.95 $99.95 $84.95$99.95
    Geology is everywhere. Would you like to know how to read the rocks and landscape, and how to make sense of debates over natural resources? These 36 half-hour lectures introduce you to the study of minerals, rocks, soils, and the processes that operate on them through time. A science that is surprisingly intuitive, accessible, and concrete, geology has the excitement of a never-ending detective story, replete with...
  2. (Set) Our Night Sky & Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology  Set

    (Set) Our Night Sky & Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Learn new ways to think about the stars above your head and the ground beneath your feet. In Our Night Sky, discover a wealth of insights into the science, culture, technology, and pure pleasure of stargazing. In The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology, take a closer look at Earth's minerals, rocks, and soils&mdashand the fascinating processes that operate on them throughout time.
  3. (Set) World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Nature of Earth Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Nature of Earth

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
  4. (Set) How the Earth Works & Nature of Earth  Set on sale

    (Set) How the Earth Works & Nature of Earth

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $690.00 Starting at $173.90 $204.90 $173.90$204.90
    Take an in-depth look at our amazing planet in these two riveting natural science courses. Learn about Earth's diverse natural forces—from climate change to the geological forces that shape the Earth's crust—in How the Earth Works. Then, discover some amazing secrets about minerals, rocks, soils, and the processes that operate on them throughout time in The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology.
  5. (Set) Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe   Set

    (Set) Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
  6. (Set) Discovering the Earth  Set on sale

    (Set) Discovering the Earth

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $1,220.90 Starting at $249.90 $303.90 $249.90$303.90
  7. (Set) Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology & Earth at the Crossroads: Understanding the Ecology of a Changing Planet  Set

    (Set) Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology & Earth at the Crossroads: Understanding the Ecology of a Changing Planet

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
  8. (Set) Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather & Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology  Set on sale

    (Set) Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather & Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $478.00 Starting at $129.90 $151.90 $129.90$151.90
    Explore the everyday wonders of the world around you in this two-course set delivered by a pair of award-winning professors. Start with a fascinating foray into how our weather works with Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather. After that, take an in-depth exploration of physical geology—the study of Earth's minerals, rocks, soils, and the processes that operate on them throughout...
  9. (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology  Set

    (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Gain a greater understanding of the history and nature of your world with these two fascinating science courses. Explore the giant evolutionary leaps that gave rise to nature's boundless diversity in Major Transitions in Evolution. Then, get a pointed introduction to the wonders of the geological world with The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology.
  10. (Set) Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness & Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology  Set

    (Set) Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness & Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
    Explore the awesome forces that make up the Earth and its oceans in this thrilling course set. Discover the secrets the oceans hold and how they make our planet unique in the solar system in Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness. And in The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology, get a primer in physical geology, the study of Earth's minerals, rocks, soils, and the processes that operate on them...
  11. Biology; Einstein's Relativity Set

    Biology; Einstein's Relativity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,384.65 Starting at $3,384.65 $3,384.65 $3,384.65$3,384.65
    Rediscover the intellectual joy and wonder that lies at the heart of science with this comprehensive seven-course set. You'll never look at a blade of grass or a star in the sky in the same way again. In Joy of Science, get a clear overview of the key principles underneath all of modern science. In Great Ideas of Classical Physics, journey step by step through the landmark concepts that help us make sense of the...
  12. (Set)  Nature of Earth & Our Night Sky Set

    (Set) Nature of Earth & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
  13. (Set) Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology & Earth's Changing Climate  Set

    (Set) Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology & Earth's Changing Climate

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $574.90 Starting at $574.90 $574.90 $574.90$574.90
    Gain a better understanding of—and appreciation for—your planet with these two courses. The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology is your authoritative and accessible guide to the study of Earth's minerals and rocks and the amazing processes that operate on them throughout time. And Earth's Changing Climate explains the concepts, tools, data, and analysis behind the sometimes-contentious issue of...
  14. (Set)  The Origin and Evolution of Earth & Nature of Earth Set

    (Set) The Origin and Evolution of Earth & Nature of Earth

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
  15. (Set) Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology & Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy  Set

    (Set) Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology & Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $999.90 Starting at $999.90 $1,174.90 $999.90$1,174.90