Geology Courses

GEOL 1 - INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY

4 Units; 3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Integrated study of the principles of geology and the use of geologic clues to determine earth history. Emphasis will be placed on the composition of earth's crust and interior, plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, mountain building, surface processes and natural resources such as minerals, fossil fuels, and water. Includes laboratory exercises in identifying common minerals and rocks, reading and interpreting aerial photos, topographic, and geologic maps. Field trips will supplement laboratory work. NR

GEOL 2 - HISTORICAL GEOLOGY

4 Units; 3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: GEOL 1 or 20
A study of the geological and biological evolution of the Earth. Includes an introduction to geologic time; relative and absolute dating methods; stratigraphic principles; the origin of the universe, solar system, atmosphere, oceans and life; plate tectonics; and the evolution of Earth's surface and development of organisms through geologic time. Required lab allows application of lecture content. Field trips may be required to fulfill the objectives of this course. NR

GEOL 3 - GEOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA

3 Units; 3 hours lecture
Transfers: CSU, UC
A study of California's geologic provinces and their direct effect on the human history of the state. How the San Andreas Fault system, other earthquake faults, volcanoes, mountain ranges, glacial valleys, and other geological features relate to and influence our life in this state. How our energy resources and recreation are directly related to the geology of the state. Field trips may be required to fulfill the objectives of this course. NR

GEOL 4 - NATURAL DISASTERS

3 Units; 3 hours lecture
Transfers: CSU, UC
Examines how human evolution, society, culture, and even where we choose to work and live, are dictated by natural hazards. The entire time scale from formation of the universe to the present earth system will be considered. The physical processes causing earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods, windstorms, and asteroid impacts will be described, along with the role played by these random, rapid processes in the geological and biological evolution of the planet. NR

GEOL 7 - WEATHER AND CLIMATE

3 Units; 3 hours lecture
Transfers: CSU, UC
A survey course 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 winddriven ocean waves. Current topics such as air pollution and climate change will also be addressed. NR

GEOL 20 - INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE

4 Units; 3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Introduces and brings together geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Study of the universe, solar system, solid earth (rocks, minerals, plate tectonics, mountainbuilding, and earthquakes), oceans, shorelines, the atmosphere, and life, past and present. Field trips may be required to fulfill the objectives of this course. NR

GEOL 21 - THE SOLAR SYSTEM

3 Units; 3 hours lecture
Transfers: CSU, UC
A study of the origin and evolution of our solar system, from the beginning to the present, as deduced from sampling, remote sensing, exploration, imagery, and theory. We will discuss and compare composition; tectonics; volcanism; surface processes; and atmospheric and thermal evolution of earth, the moon, terrestrial, and Jovian planets and their satellites. Additional topics will include meteorite and comet impacts and the possible existence of life elsewhere in the solar system. Field trips may be required to fulfill the objectives of this course. Also listed as ASTR 21. Credit given in either area, not both. NR

GEOL 23 - ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

4 Units; 3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
How the earth affects man and man affects the earth. Includes environmental studies into the problems related to earthquakes, volcanism, floods, landslides, the shoreline, energy resources and pollution. Principles of sound planning for human use of the planet earth. Field trips may be required to fulfill the objectives of this course. Also listed as ENV 23. Credit given in either area, not both. NR

GEOL 170 - GFS: NATIONAL PARKS & MONUMENTS (WESTERN UNITED STATES)

2 Units; 1 hour lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Studies the origin, evolution, and geology of national parks and monuments of the Western United States. Thematic emphasis, course content, and national parks to be visited will vary. Students in geology and earth sciences are encouraged to enroll. NR

GEOL 172 - GEOLOGY FIELD STUDIES: MOJAVE DESERT

1 Unit; 0.5 hours lecture; 1.5 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Studies the origin, evolution, and geology of the Mojave Desert and adjacent areas. Scheduled to minimize conflict with other classes. Students in geology and earth sciences are encouraged to enroll. NR

GEOL 173 - GEOLOGY FIELD STUDIES: DEATH VALLEY

1 Unit; 0.5 hours lecture; 1.5 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Studies the origin, evolution, and geology of Death Valley National Park and adjacent areas. Thematic emphasis and course content will vary. NR

GEOL 174 - GEOLOGY FIELD STUDIES: EASTERN SIERRA REGION

1 Unit; 0.5 hours lecture; 1.5 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Studies the origin, evolution, and geology of Eastern Sierra region and adjacent areas. Thematic emphasis and course content will vary. NR

GEOL 182 - GEOLOGY FIELD STUDIES: COAST RANGE — MORRO BAY

1 Unit; 0.5 hours lecture; 1.5 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Studies the origin, evolution, and geology of the Coast Range, Morro Bay, and adjacent areas. Thematic emphasis and content will vary. NR

GEOL 183 - GEOLOGY FIELD STUDIES: ANZA-BORREGO DESERT

1 Unit; 0.5 hours lecture; 1.5 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Studies the origin, evolution, and geology of Anza-Borrego Desert Park and adjacent areas. Thematic emphasis and course content will vary. Scheduled to minimize conflict with other classes. Students in geology and earth sciences are encouraged to enroll. NR

GEOL 185 - GEOLOGY FIELD STUDIES: YOSEMITE

1 Unit; 0.5 hours lecture; 1.5 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Studies the origin, evolution, and geology of Yosemite National Park and surrounding areas. Thematic emphasis and course focus varies seasonally. NR