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Geology

GEOL 1, Physical Geology without Lab 3 units

Transfer: UC*, CSU C-ID: GEOL 100. 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.

2453 11:15a-12:35p TTh DRSCHR 207 Hall J M

NEW 4508 5:45p-8:50p T HSS 105 Hall J M

4242 6:45p-9:50p Th DRSCHR 208 Hall J M

GEOL 3, Introduction to Environmental Geology 3 units

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

This course is an introduction to geologic hazards and resources. The primary focus is geologic settings that produce regions with different types of geologic hazards, the specific hazards and mitigation techniques associated with those regions, and the formation and utilization of geologic resources. Topics include earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and groundwater, fossil fuels, rock and mineral resources, and problems associated with resource use.

2454 8:00a-9:20a MW DRSCHR 207 Meléndez C

GEOL 4, Physical Geology with Lab 4 units

Transfer: UC*, CSU C-ID: GEOL 101. IGETC AREA 5 (Physical Sciences, + LAB) Prerequisite: None.

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

This course presents an introduction to geologic processes that have shaped the Earth. Lecture topics include formation of the Earth, plate tectonics, rocks, minerals, earthquakes, geologic structures, geologic time, coastal processes, and groundwater. Laboratory exercises expand this information by dealing with rock and mineral identification, topographic and geologic map interpretation, and the interpretation aerial photographs. Upon completion of this course, the student will have a good understanding of the processes that form major features on Earth.

2455 8:00a-11:05a M DRSCHR 205 Collins L E

8:00a-11:05a W DRSCHR 128 Collins L E

2456 8:00a-11:05a T DRSCHR 205 Meléndez C

8:00a-11:05a Th DRSCHR 128 Meléndez C

2457 11:30a-2:35p MW DRSCHR 128 Collins L E

2458 12:45p-3:50p TTh DRSCHR 128 Meléndez C

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 its evolution including surface environments, atmosphere, oceans, and life. Sedimentary rocks are studied for stratigraphic relationships, environmental indicators, and biologic significance to reconstruct the geological and biological evolution of Earth over time. Numerical methods, like geochronology, are also employed to assign absolute ages to past environments. The combination 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 placed on the study of North American sequences.

4243 6:45p-9:50p M DRSCHR 205 Grippo A

6:45p-9:50p W DRSCHR 128 Grippo A

GEOL 10, Exploration of the Solar System 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU Advisory: Astronomy 2 or 4 or Geology 1 or 4.

This course provides a geologic and astronomic view of solar system exploration. Current knowledge of the geology of other planets, natural satellites and asteroids is discussed. Current studies in planetary science and how to access and utilize data collected from modern and historic planetary missions and Earth-based studies are also examined.

Geology 10 is the same course as Astronomy 10. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

2459 8:00a-9:20a TTh DRSCHR 207 Collins L E

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.

4244 5:15p-6:35p MW DRSCHR 128 Grippo A

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