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The following Geology courses are offered:

GEOL 299     Experimental Offering in Geology    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 108 hours LAB 

GEOL 300     Physical Geology    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: GEOL 301; (or concurrent enrollment in GEOL 301)
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
Physical geology is an introduction to the composition and dynamics of the Earth from the atomic scale of minerals to the global scale of plate tectonics.  Topics include the composition of minerals and rock, volcanism, earth structures, earthquakes, erosion and surface processes, geologic time, geologic hazards, and plate tectonics.  In this course, attention will focus on the rocks, landscapes, and scenic areas of the American West.  Emphasis is placed on how humans affect the environment.  Successful completion of physical geology prepares the student to recognize, understand, and appreciate processes which continually change our Earth. 

GEOL 301     Physical Geology Laboratory    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOL 300; (or may be taken previously)
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours:  54 hours LAB 
This course provides laboratory experience with the tools and skills discussed in Physical Geology (GEOL 300).  Lab topics include mineral and rock identification, map and air photograph interpretation and landform identification, and the study and interpretation of geologic maps and cross-sections. 

GEOL 305     Earth Science    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOL 306
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is an introductory course covering major topics in geology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, scientific method, and philosophy of science.  This course is designed for non-science majors. Not open to students who have received credit for GEOL 300 or GEOL 310.
 
GEOL 306     Earth Science Laboratory    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOL 305; (or may be taken previously)
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours:  54 hours LAB 
This course emphasizes the scientific methods and systematic laboratory procedures of Earth sciences.  Topics include weather analysis, rock and mineral identification, study of geologic concepts by means of topographic maps, astronomical observation and ocean dynamics.  A field trip or an appropriate alternative activity will be required as an introduction to geological environments and field methods in geology. Not open to students who have received credit for GEOL 300 or GEOL 301. 

GEOL 310     Historical Geology    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: An introductory geology or earth science course.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course covers the origin and geologic history of the Earth and the evolution of its plant and animal inhabitants.  Plate tectonic theory is used to explain changes in composition and structure of rocks of the Earth’s crust from the formation of the Earth to the present.  Emphasis is placed on the formation of sedimentary rocks for the purpose of understanding how they and the fossils contained within them record changes in earth environment and processes.  Evolution and extinction are studied to understand how they reflect environmental changes in the earth’s ocean, atmosphere, and surface. 

GEOL 311     Historical Geology Laboratory    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOL 310 (may be taken previously).
Advisory: GEOL 300
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours:  54 hours LAB 
Laboratory studies will accompany and complement GEOL 310, Historical Geology.  Use of sedimentary rocks, fossils, geologic maps, and cross sections will aid in interpreting ancient environments, tectonic settings, and geologic history.  Other concepts addressed include age relations and correlation of rock and time units, and introduction to fossil identification and biostratigraphy.  At least one field trip or an appropriate alternative activity will be required as an introduction to sedimentary environments and field methods in geology. 

GEOL 330     Introduction to Oceanography    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
The course will provide an introduction to the basic principles and practices of oceanography.  Topics will be presented in terms of the applications of physics, geology, chemistry, and biology to a study of the world’s oceans.  Specific topics will include planetary science and earth origin, the geologic timescale, geography and location systems, matter, marine provinces, sediments, seismology, plate tectonics, seawater composition, geochemical distributions, deep ocean circulation, winds and surface circulation, waves, tides, estuarine environments, biological production, necton, plankton, and benthic organisms. Field trips may be required. 

GEOL 342     Geology of the National Parks    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course introduces students to Earth’s geologic story as revealed by the rocks and landscapes in our State and National parklands.  Attention will focus on how natural Earth processes have formed our State and National parklands.  This course addresses surface shaping processes such as volcanism, plutonism, deformation, sedimentation, glaciation and fluvial activity as displayed in our parks and monuments.
 
GEOL 345     Geology of California    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides a survey of the physical and historical aspects of California geology, emphasizing the linkage of geology and people through economic and social impacts. This course is recommended for non-majors and majors in geology and is of particular value to science, engineering, environmental studies, education, and economics majors. Field trips will be combined with lectures.
 
GEOL 347     Geologic Mining History of the Mother Lode    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: GEOL 300
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This is an introductory course covering the mining and geologic history of California’s Mother Lode region.  Emphasis is on understanding the formation of the area’s gold deposits, understanding past and present mining methods, and understanding the legacy left by the early miners.
 
GEOL 351     Introduction to Mineralogy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: An introductory geology course and an elementary chemistry course.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
The properties, relationships and origins of minerals, crystallography and determinative mineralogy; economic importance of minerals in California and on a world-wide basis. 

GEOL 390     Field Studies in Geology    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: GEOL 300 with a grade of “C” or better
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 40 hours LEC ; 100 hours LAB 
This course involves the study of geologic principles and processes of specific regions (mountains, deserts, great valley, coastal region, etc.). Course content varies according to field trip destination but may include topics in physical geology, environmental geology, economic geology, and/or introduction to tools and techniques used for Geoscience field research (e.g. map and compass, Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), etc.). For specific details, see the course topic description(s) listed in the schedule. Field excursions are required and students will be responsible for providing their own lodging (or camping equipment) and meals. This course may be repeated up to four times under a new topic or destination. 

GEOL 495     Independent Studies in Geology    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

GEOL 499     Experimental Offering in Geology    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

Updated 6/11/14

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