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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.

2328   8:00a-9:20a TTh   DRSCHR 217   Meléndez C

2329   9:30a-10:50a MW   BUS 105   Meléndez C

2330   12:45p-2:05p MW   DRSCHR 208   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.

2331   8:00a-11:00a T   DRSCHR 205   Collins L E

   8:00a-11:00a Th   DRSCHR 128   Collins L E

2332   8:00a-11:05a M   DRSCHR 205   Collins L E

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

2333   12:15p-3:20p TTh   DRSCHR 128   Meléndez C

NEW   3448   12:45p-3:50p TTh   LA 214   Hall J M

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.

2334   3:30p-6:35p 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.

2335   12:45p-2:05p MW   MC 8   Collins L E

4210   6:45p-9:50p Th   DRSCHR 128   Grippo A

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