Courses Offered


GEOL 100 SURVEY OF GEOLOGY (3)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Introduction to the origin of rocks and minerals; the processes which have been important throughout geologic time, both on and beneath the surface, in giving the earth its present form; and the principles of scientific investigation that are used in interpreting geologic features. A brief sketch of the geological history of the earth and evolution of its animal and plant inhabitants. Not open to students who have taken or are taking GEOL 210. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B1).



GEOL 105 ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Investigation of environmental earth science topics including aspects of weather and climate, ground and surface water, geologic processes and land forms, recovery and utilization of natural resources, air and water pollution, and energy. Emphasis on understanding and avoiding the dangers of natural hazards such as storms, floods, earthquakes, and landslides. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B1).

GEOL 180 GEOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA (3)

Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 836.

An overview of the general principles of geology with examples from the great diversity of local and regional features found in California. Comparisons to other parts of the world are made, demonstrating that the Golden State contains a microcosm of global geologic evolution. Emphasis on the significant interaction of geology and life in California from the Gold Rush through the Great Earthquake to today. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B1).


GEOL 210 GENERAL GEOLOGY (4)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours/semester plus field trips by arrangement. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Introduction to the nature and structure of the materials composing the earth and of the various processes which shape the earth’s surface. Recommended for non-science majors to fulfill laboratory science transfer requirement. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B1, 3).


GEOL 220 HISTORICAL GEOLOGY (4)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours/semester. Prerequisite: GEOL 100 or GEOL 210, or equivalent.
Origin and history of the Earth and its development through geologic time. The formation of continents and ocean basins and their modifications through time. The evolution of plants and animals as seen through the fossil record. Emphasis on the geologic history of North America. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B1, B3).

GEOL 611 FIELD GEOLOGY I (1)

(Pass/No Pass.)

Field trips by arrangement. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in GEOL 100 or GEOL 210, or equivalent.

Supervised field investigation of selected geologic phenomena. Local field trips and/or weekend excursions to areas of geologic interest (i.e., Lassen Volcanic National Park, Yosemite National Park, Pinnacles National Monument). May be repeated once for credit. Transfer credit: UC; CSU).

OCEN 100 SURVEY OF OCEANOGRAPHY (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Discussion of selected topics in oceanography designed to illustrate the scientific method and provide the student with a basic understanding of the nature of the world’s oceans. An introduction to the physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the sea. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B1).
OCEN 101 OCEANOGRAPHY LABORATORY/FIELD STUDY (1)

Three laboratory/field hours per week. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in OCEN 100.

Introductory exercises in sediments, waves and sediment transport, bathymetry of ocean basins, materials of ocean crust and sea floor, ocean currents, tides, estuaries, physical and chemical properties of seawater, and forms and diversity of marine life. Field trips included. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B3).

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