2004 - 2005 Catalog

Course Descriptions

GEOLOGY

GEOL 1
PHYSICAL GEOLOGY (4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CAN GEOL 2 CSU General Education Requirement: B1, B3 Strongly Recommended Preparation: High School chemistry or CHEM 2A.

Geology 1 is an introduction to the physical and chemical forces active on the earth, including a survey of minerals, rocks, vulcanism, geomorphology, and structural geology.  Also covered are the agents of weathering, erosion, earthquakes, the earth's interior, glaciation, oceans, rock mobility, metamorphism, sedimentation and the formation of economic mineral deposits. (AA, CSU, UC)

GEOL 3     
HISTORICAL GEOLOGY (4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CR/NC CAN GEOG 4 CSU General Education Requirement:  B3 Strongly Recommended Preparation:  GEOL 1 or PHYSCI 1.

Geology 3 is the study of the origin and history of the earth, the formation of the continents and oceans and the changes they have experienced, the history and distribution of rock formations and mountains, fossils as aids to the dating of rocks, geological time, and the development of living things.  Field trips are required. (AA, CSU, UC)

GEOL 10   
GEOLOGY FIELD COURSE GENERAL (1)   

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 46 Laboratory

Geology 10 is one in a series of week-long field trips to areas of geological interest, including but not limited to Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park.  Emphasis is on the geologic aspects of the natural earth around us and how an understanding of geologic principles is obtained. May be taken three times for credit. (AA, CSU)

GEOL 11   
DEATH VALLEY FIELD COURSE (1)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 46 Laboratory CR/NC.

Geology 11 is a week-long field course with emphasis upon the unique geologic setting of the Mojave Desert and Death Valley. (AA, CSU)

GEOL 12   
GRAND CANYON
FIELD COURSE (1)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 46 Laboratory CR/NC.

Geology 12 is a week-long field course to the Colorado Plateau and specifically to the Grand Canyon. Emphasis is upon the geologic setting of strata ranging from the Precambrian Era to the present. (AA)

GEOL 20   
CONTEMPORARY TOPICS IN GEOLOGY (2)

Class Hours: 1 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CR/NC

Geology 20 is a discussion of topics in the field of geology which are of general interest.  Subjects to be covered may include: seismology (earthquakes), plates of the earth's crust, identification of common minerals, and geology of the planets in the solar system.  Other topics may be covered according to student demand. (AA, CSU, UC)

GEOL 30/60
GEOLOGY EXPERIMENTAL COURSES (.5-3)

Class Hours:  18 Lecture hours or 54 Laboratory hours for each semester unit.

All courses numbered 30/60 are designed to permit departments to meet an immediate student or community need, to explore newer methods in teaching a subject, to offer courses which are innovative, and to provide curriculum variety and flexibility.  A required course description identifies each course subject.  These courses may be taken for CR/NC. (AA, CSU)

GEOL 49/99
DIRECTED STUDY (1-2)

Class Hours:  54 Laboratory no more than 2 Laboratory units per semester per 49/99 series.

Geology 49/99 is designed for students who wish to undertake special projects related to a particular field.  Students, under instructor guidance and acknowledgement, may pursue individual exploration after completing or while currently enrolled in at least one course in the department of directed study. (AA, CSU)

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