Academic Catalogs

Geology (GEOL)

GEOL A1014 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Age of the Dinosaurs  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

The course focuses on the origin, evolution and extinction of dinosaurs with emphasis on paleobiology and paleoecology. Covers fundamentals of dinosaur anatomy and behavior, hot/cold-blooded debate, relationships to birds, diversity and exploits of dinosaur hunters. Extended field trip required. Intended for science and non-science majors.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A101

    GEOL A1053 Units (54 lecture hours)  
    General Geology  

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

    Composition and structure of the earth and the processes which modify the crust and the surface and their effect on man. Not open to students who are taking or have successfully completed GEOL A110. One field trip required. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. This course may also be offered online. C-ID: GEOL 100.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A105

      GEOL A105H3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
      General Geology Honors  

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

      Composition and structure of the earth and the processes which modify the crust and the surface and their effect on man. Not open to students who are taking or have successfully completed Geology A110. One field trip required during semester. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A105H

        GEOL A105L1 Unit (54 lab hours)  
        General Geology Laboratory  
        Prerequisite(s): GEOL A105 or GEOL A105H or concurrent enrollment.

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

        Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

        A laboratory study of materials and processes in the earth. A beginning laboratory course for the non-science major. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A105L

          GEOL A105M1 Unit (54 lab hours)  
          General Geology Laboratory Honors  
          Prerequisite(s): GEOL A105 or GEOL A105H or concurrent enrollment.

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

          Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

          A laboratory study of materials and processes in the earth. A beginning laboratory course for the non-science major. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A105M

            GEOL A1064 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
            Earth Science for Teachers  

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

            Transfer Credit: CSU.

            A broad-based study of earth science, including geology, oceanography, meteorology, and solar system astronomy. Topics are aligned with the California State Science Standards for K-12 and will prepare future teachers to teach these subjects. C-ID: GEOL 121.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A106

              GEOL A1104 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
              Physical Geology  

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

              Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

              A study of materials and processes in the earth. A beginning course in physical geology for science and engineering majors and students desiring a science emphasis. One extended field trip required during the semester. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: GEOL 101.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A110

                GEOL A1153 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                California Geology  

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                The study of a geologic showcase--California. The geologic framework of our state and its corresponding geologic provinces; geologic factors which have influenced California's human history. The intimate interrelationships of geology with our agriculture, transportation, construction, mining, oil and gas industry, recreation and public welfare. Field trip required. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: GEOL 200.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A115

                  GEOL A1313 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                  Weather and Climate  

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                  Transfer Credit: CSU, UC

                  A survey in meteorology, emphasizing atmospheric composition and variability as well as interactions between atmosphere, oceans and continents to produce our weather. Includes the terminology and tools that meteorologists employ to observe, study and predict storm systems, storm fronts, thunderstorms, tornadoes and wind-driven ocean waves. Current topics such as air pollution and climate change will also be addressed.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A131

                    GEOL A1322 Units (18 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                    Geologic Field Studies - Death Valley  

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                    This course offers students an opportunity to explore fundamental geological concepts in a field-based setting. Pre-trip meetings will orient students to the tectonic, petrologic, historical and geomorphological setting of the Death Valley region. This course includes a multi-day field excursion to various locales of geological interest and may involve camping in primitive wilderness environments . Topics include the volcanic, tectonic and hydrologic history of the region. OR GEOL A110.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A132

                      GEOL A1334 Units (18 lecture hours; 162 lab hours)  
                      Geologic Field Studies - Colorado Plateau  

                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                      This course offers students an opportunity to explore fundamental geological concepts in a field-based setting. Pre-trip meetings will orient students to the tectonic, petrologic, historical and geomorphological setting of the Colorado Plateau. This course includes a multi-day field excursion to study the geology of the Colorado Plateau region. Emphasis is on the stratigraphy, tectonic evolution and geologic history of the parks of the Southwest, including the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion National Parks. 18 hours lecture, 18 hours scheduled lab, 144 hours field study lab.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A133

                        GEOL A1344 Units (18 lecture hours; 162 lab hours)  
                        Geologic Field Studies - Cascade Range  

                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                        This course offers students an opportunity to explore fundamental geological concepts in a field-based setting. Pre-trip meetings will orient students to the tectonic, petrologic, historical and geomorphological setting of the Cascade Range of Northern California, Oregon and Washington. The course combines classroom and field studies of Pacific Northwest geology with an emphasis on the volcanic and geothermal features of Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta, Crater Lake, Medicine Lake and Lava Beds National Monument. This course includes a multi-day field excursion to various locales of geological interest and may involve camping in primitive wilderness environments. 18 hours lecture, 18 hours scheduled lab, 144 hours field study lab.

                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A134

                          GEOL A1353 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                          Geology of the Natural Parks and Monuments  

                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                          Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

                          Geology of national parks, seashores and monuments and its influence on land forms, climate and human history. Classes will vary each semester in order to develop particular skills in interpreting field problems and relationships unique to a given area. Approximate locations will be selected from one of four geologic provinces--The Mojave Desert, Basin and Range, Sierra Nevada, or Colorado Plateau. Field trip required. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A135

                            GEOL A1361 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                            Geologic Field Studies - San Andreas Fault  
                            Advisory: GEOL A105 OR GEOL A105H OR GEOL A110.

                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                            This course offers students an opportunity to explore fundamental geological concepts in a field-based setting. Pre-trip meetings will orient students to the tectonic, petrologic, historical and geomorphological setting of the San Andreas Fault Zone. This course includes a multi-day field excursion to various locales of geological interest and may involve camping in primitive wilderness environments.

                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A136

                              GEOL A1374 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                              Introductory Field Geology  
                              Prerequisite(s): GEOL A105 or GEOL A105H or GEOL A110.

                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                              Transfer Credit: CSU.

                              Provides intensive field experience in application of field geology equipment, methods, techniques and maintenance procedures. Emphasizes a "hands-on" approach to the interpretation of geologic data in the field. Includes use of Brunton compass and tape, aerial photos, global positioning system, and geographical mapping.

                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A137

                                GEOL A1382 Units (9 lecture hours; 81 lab hours)  
                                Geologic Field Studies - Yosemite National Park  

                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                This course offers students an opportunity to explore fundamental geological concepts in a field-based setting. Pre-trip meetings will orient students to the tectonic, petrologic, historical and geomorphological setting of the Sierra Nevada mountains with an emphasis on the geologic origin and evolution of Yosemite National Park, California. Introductory lectures complement direct field observations, field data collection, analyses and interpretation. This course includes a multi-day field excursion to various locales of geological interest and may involve camping in primitive wilderness environments. 9 hours lecture, 18 hours scheduled lab, 63 hours field study lab.

                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A138

                                  GEOL A1392 Units (18 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                  Geologic Field Studies - Eastern Sierra Nevada  

                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                  This course offers students an opportunity to explore fundamental geological concepts in a field-based setting. Pre-trip meetings will orient students to the faults, volcanoes, glaciers, mining and tectonic history of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. This course includes a multi-day field excursion to various locales of geological interest and may involve camping in primitive wilderness environments. 18 hours lecture, 18 hours scheduled lab, 36 hours field study lab. May be taken for grades or on a pass/no-pass basis.

                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A139

                                    GEOL A1412 Units (18 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                    Geologic Field Studies - Mojave Desert  

                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                    The Mojave Desert is a major economic and recreational resource for southern California. Provides students an opportunity to learn about the geologic processes which have created and shaped the region. Studies the origin, evolution, and geology of the Mojave Desert and adjacent areas. 18 hours lecture, 18 hours scheduled lab, 36 hours field study lab. May be taken for grades or on a pass/no-pass basis.

                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A141

                                      GEOL A1422.5 Units (9 lecture hours; 108 lab hours)  
                                      Geologic Field Studies - Hawaii Volcanology  

                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                      This course offers students an opportunity to explore fundamental geological concepts in a field-based setting. Pre-trip meetings will orient students to the tectonic, structural, plutonic and volcanic features of the Hawaiian Islands with special emphasis on Kilauea volcano. Kilauea’s long-documented eruptive history and easy accessibility make it a training ground for USGS volcanologists. Focuses on the history and features of the volcano and its interactions with the people that live on it. This course includes a multi-day field excursion to various locales of geological interest and may involve camping in primitive wilderness environments. 9 hours lecture, 18 hours scheduled lab, 90 hours field study lab. Course may be taken for grades or on a pass/no-pass basis.

                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A142

                                        GEOL A1604 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                        Environmental Geology  
                                        Prerequisite(s): ENGL A100 or concurrent enrollment.

                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                        Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                        The study of natural environments and the impact of humans on geologic systems and will focus on studies of environmental problems associated with soils, water resources and pollution, energy and mineral utilization, coastal erosion, natural geologic hazards, and global atmospheric changes. Principles of sound management of the geologic environment will be emphasized. C-ID: GEOL 131.

                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A160

                                          GEOL A1653 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                          Natural Disasters  

                                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                          Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

                                          This course explores those natural disasters that affect human activities. Topics include earthquakes, floods, landslides, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornados, and asteroid/meteor impacts. The consequences of pollution and population growth will also be explored. Hypothetical and case histories of natural disasters will also be studied. Class discussion will focus on aspects of regional planning, environmental laws and the interaction between science and society.

                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A165

                                            GEOL A1853 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                            Evolution of the Earth  
                                            Advisory: GEOL A105 OR GEOL A105H or GEOL A110.

                                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                            Geologic evolution of the earth as shown by the changing patterns of land and sea, and by the succession of fauna and flora. A second course in geology for science majors. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: GEOL 110.

                                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A185

                                              GEOL A185H3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                              Evolution of the Earth Honors  

                                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                              Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

                                              Geologic evolution of the earth as shown by the changing patterns of land and sea, and by the succession of fauna and flora. A second course in geology for science majors. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: GEOL 110.

                                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A185H

                                                GEOL A185L1 Unit (54 lab hours)  
                                                Evolution of the Earth Lab  
                                                Prerequisite(s): GEOL A185 or GEOL A185H or concurrent enrollment.

                                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                                Laboratory and field exercises to learn how the geologic history of the earth may be determined. Extended weekend field trip required. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A185L

                                                  GEOL A185M1 Unit (54 lab hours)  
                                                  Evolution of the Earth Lab Honors  
                                                  Prerequisite(s): GEOL A185 or GEOL A185H or concurrent enrollment.

                                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                  Laboratory and field exercises to learn how the geologic history of the earth may be determined. Extended weekend field trip required. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A185M

                                                    GEOL A2503 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                                    Water Resources and Society  
                                                    Prerequisite(s): GEOL A105 and GEOL A105L or GEOL A105H and GEOL A105M or GEOL A110.

                                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                    Hydrologic, geologic, and other factors controlling groundwater and surface water occurrence, movement, quality, and contamination. Environmental effects of groundwater and surface water contamination.

                                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A250

                                                      GEOL A2804 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                                      Introduction to Mineralogy  
                                                      Advisory: CHEM A110 or CHEM A130.

                                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                      Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

                                                      Introduction to basic concepts of mineralogy, crystallography, crystal and mineral chemistry, beginning optics, paragenesis of economic minerals, and plate tectonics of mineral resources. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A280

                                                        GEOL A2854 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                                        Petrology  
                                                        Prerequisite(s): GEOL A280.

                                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                        Origin, occurrence, identification, and classification of rocks and rock-forming minerals. Emphasis on hand lens/microscopic identification and field occurrences.

                                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing GEOL A285