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GEOL 1, Introduction to Physical Geology – Non-Lab    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5 (Physical Sciences, non-lab) • Prerequisite: None.

Maximum credit allowed for Geology 1 and 4 is one course (4 units).

This course illustrates the many geologic processes that have shaped our planet. Lecture topics include rocks, minerals, landslides, streams, ground water, glaciers, oceans, earthquakes, and plate tectonics. Upon completion of this course, the student will have a greater awareness and understanding of their constantly changing environment.

2279   9:30a-10:50a MW   DRSCHR 205   Thompson C K

2280   12:45p-2:05p MW   DRSCHR 208   Thompson C K

4226   6:45p-9:50p T   DRSCHR 208   Robinson R C

GEOL 4, Physical Geology with Lab    4 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5 (Physical Sciences, + LAB) • Prerequisite: None.

This course presents, in a lecture and laboratory setting, the exciting geologic processes that have shaped the earth. Lecture topics are the same as those covered in Geology 1. Laboratory exercises expand this information by dealing with rock and mineral identification, topographic and geologic map interpretation, and aerial photos. Completion of this course provides the student with a good understanding and awareness of the planet Earth. *Maximum credit allowed for Geology 1 and 4 is one course (four units).

2281   12:45p-3:50p TTh   DRSCHR 128   Thompson C K

4227   6:45p-9:50p M   DRSCHR 128   Kremenetski K V

   6:45p-9:50p W   DRSCHR 205   Kremenetski K V

GEOL 5, Earth History    4 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5 (Physical Science + lab) • Prerequisite: None.

This course is an introduction to the history of Earth and of its changes over deep time. Sedimentary rocks are studied for stratigraphic and environmental significance, and are put in relation with fossils in order to provide the students with the proper tools to reconstruct and put in a relative sequence the geological and biological evolution of Earth over time. Numerical methods are also illustrated in order to put this sequence within a precise time frame. Eventually, the application of both relative and numerical methods to the study of plate tectonics and geologic structures will allow the student to understand how Earth history is reconstructed. A particular emphasis is devoted to the study of North American sequences.

4228   6:45p-9:50p TTh   DRSCHR 128   Grippo A

GEOL 31, Introduction to Physical Oceanography    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5 (Physical Sciences, non-lab) • Prerequisite: None.

This course provides the student with an understanding of the physical and geological aspects of oceanography. Lecture topics include the origin of the oceans, plate tectonics, sea floor topography, waves, beaches, estuaries, lagoons, and lakes. Completion of this course will give the student a greater knowledge of the fascinating and dynamic world of the oceans.

2282   9:30a-10:50a MW   MC 2   Grippo A

2283   9:30a-10:50a TTh   BUS 251   Thompson C K

4229   6:45p-9:50p Th   DRSCHR 207   Kremenetski K V

GEOL 35, Field Studies: California    1 unit

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course combines classroom and field studies of California geology. Lectures are designed to prepare the student for the examination of geologic features in the field setting. Field experience is intended to provide students with first hand observations and an understanding of earth processes and their products. Students will learn to take notes and make diagrams in the field to be used in the preparation of a written report. Students will attend three 3-hour lecture classes and are required to attend an overnight field trip to a location of geological interest in California.

2284   3:00p-6:05p F   DRSCHR 128   Thompson C K

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