Academic Catalogs

Geology (GEOL)

GEOL G1053 Units (54 lecture hours)  
General Geology  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

This is a course designed specifically for non-science majors desiring a three unit non-laboratory survey course in geology. The Scientific Method is used to illustrate the discovery of natural physical processes on Earth. Content includes aspects of geology with emphasis on recent discoveries of plate tectonics and the movement of continents. Students will study topics such as important minerals, rock classification, mountain building and interior processes responsible for landscape development. This course will also cover historical topics such as the geologic time scale, the fossil record and evolution of life from marine organisms to land plants and animals. The latter portion of the course covers environmental geology with the impacts humans have on Earth and how the Earth impacts humans through landslides flash floods, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes. Graded. UC credit limitations: No credit for GEOL G105 if taken after GEOL G110.

GEOL G1064 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Earth Science For Teachers  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

This lecture/laboratory study of introductory Earth Science includes physical and historical geology, physical oceanography, and meteorology, planetary science and astronomy. The Scientific Method will be employed in relation to Earth Science. The subjects covered are part of the state of California science standards for K-12 classes. Emphasis will be placed on how these topics should be addressed by teachers within the California Science Framework. A field trip will be required. Graded. C-ID: GEOG 121.

GEOL G1104 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Physical Geology  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An introductory survey of physical geology and the scientific method. This course includes the internal and surface processes responsible for shaping the Earth and formation of natural resources and geologic landscapes. Past and present geologic processes such as mountain building, climate change, and the evolution of life in the fossil record will be covered. Resource extraction, identification of minerals and rocks with the natural processes are covered in lecture and laboratory work. Recognition of geologic hazards both natural and human caused. Utilizing Geographical Information Systems (GIS), maps, digital satellite images are included in laboratory work. Graded. C-ID: GEOL 101.

GEOL G1204 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Historical Geology  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An introduction to the development of the Earth through time. This course utilizes the scientific method to understand the geologic evolution of land forms such as mountains, oceans, canyons, faults and the tectonic development of the Earth. This course examines how tectonic activity shaped landscapes, climate and the development of life, which started in the ocean and evolved onto land. The geologic time scale is used to understand plant and animal evolution, extinctions and how modern plant and animal forms developed. Graded. C-ID: GEOL 111.