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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

GEOL 300 Physical Geology

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 301.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID GEOL 100

Physical Geology introduces the composition and dynamics of Earth from the atomic scale of minerals to the global scale of plate tectonics. Major themes include the composition of minerals and rock, volcanism, Earth structures, earthquakes, erosion and surface processes, geologic time, geologic hazards, and plate tectonics. This course analyzes human interactions with geologic processes and the physical environment. Successful completion of physical geology prepares the student to recognize, understand, and appreciate the physical processes which continually change Earth over geologic time.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Apply the Scientific Method to evaluating geologic processes.

GEOL 301 Physical Geology Laboratory

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: GEOL 300 (may be taken previously)

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID GEOL 100L

This course provides "hands-on" 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 introduction to the study of geologic maps and cross-sections.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Apply the Scientific Method to evaluating Earth science processes.

GEOL 305 Earth Science

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC (No transfer credit for GEOL 305 or 306, if taken after GEOL 300, 301, 310, or 311)

CID: C-ID GEOL 120

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. This course is not open to students who have received credit for GEOL 300 or GEOL 310.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Apply the Scientific Method to evaluating Earth science processes.

GEOL 306 Earth Science Laboratory

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: GEOL 305

Transferable: CSU; UC (No transfer credit for GEOL 305 or 306, if taken after GEOL 300, 301, 310, or 311)

CID: C-ID GEOL 120L

This course emphasizes scientific methods and systematic laboratory procedures. Topics include weather analysis, rock and mineral identification, study of geologic concepts by means of topographic maps, and exercises in astronomy and oceanography. One field trip may be required. Not open to students who have received credit for GEOL 300 or GEOL 301.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Apply the Scientific Method to evaluating Earth science processes.

GEOL 310 Historical Geology

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: GEOL 300 or 305; An introductory geology or earth science course.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID GEOL 110

This course explores the origin and geologic history of Earth and the evolution of its plant and animal inhabitants. Plate tectonic theory is used to explain changes in composition and structure of rocks in Earth's crust from the formation of 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 Earth's ocean, atmosphere, and surface. Present day Earth processes are used as a model to understand past activity.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Apply the Scientific Method to evaluating Earth history.

GEOL 311 Historical Geology Laboratory

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: GEOL 310

Advisory: GEOL 300 and 301

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID GEOL 110L

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Evaluate temporal rates and spatial scales of geologic processes in Earth history.

GEOL 330 Introduction to Oceanography

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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 circulations, winds and surface circulation, waves, tides, estuarine environment, biological production, nekton, plankton, and benthic organisms.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Apply the scientific method to evaluating Earth processes.

GEOL 390 Field Studies in Geology

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 6 - 24 hours LEC; 36 - 144 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: GEOL 300 or 305

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course covers the study of geologic principles and processes of specific areas (mountains, deserts, great valley, coastal region, etc.). A multi-day field trip and camping may be required. For specific details, see the course description(s) listed in the schedule.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

examine the surrounding physical and/or human environment and formulate explanations for the geologic patterns and processes observed.(SLO 1)

GEOL 495 Independent Studies in Geology

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).