101/101H
PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
HONORS PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
3 Units

Geology 101 is a study of the physical materials and processes of the earth.

The honors course will be enhanced in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Students will do weekly quantitative problem sets in the geosciences using skills expected of
    students who are eligible to take Math 110.
  2. Students will prepare a research project and present it in class. Relevant topics include:
  • global geochemical cycles
  • planetary geology from remotely sensed data
  • problems in plate tectonic
  • climate change history
  • history of life
  • local geological history
  • interactions of man with earth

Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: None.

Note: This course may not be taken for credit by students who have completed Geology 110.
Second semester standing or a good high school record is recommended.

Transfer credit: CSU, UC, USC

102
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

3 Units

Geology 102 is a study of the earth or natural hazards like earthquakes, volcanism, climate
change, pollution and human interactions with the earth environment.

Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: None.

Transfer credit: CSU, UC, USC

103
GEOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA

3 Units

Geology 103 is a study of the characteristics and historical development of the geologic provinces of California.

Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: None. Transfer credit: CSU, UC, USC

104
FIELD GEOLOGY
2-6 Units

Geology 104 is a field study of geologic features within several geologic provinces. Emphasis is placed on the recognition, interpretation, recording, and reporting of geologic information observed in the field. Petrologic, paleontologic, structural, and stratigraphic information is compiled and integrated into an interpretation of the geologic history of the area investigated. An extended period in the field may be substituted for a number of shorter field trips. Field trips will normally be taken on weekends and/or during vacation periods. The itinerary, schedule, and field area will be determined at the first class meeting (see current class schedule). The student is responsible for the cost of food and transportation; the approximate cost is $35 for each two units of work; this figure may vary considerably depending on the location of the study area. Travel is usually by chartered bus. Field Geology requires a great deal of rigorous activity and living conditions in the field are often primitive. Lecture and field study will be the semester equivalent of one hour of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week for each two units of credit; a typical semester of work would include 16 hours of lecture and six days in the field.

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following courses: Geology 101, 102, 103, 105; Oceanography 115; Paleontology 101; or equivalent.

Note: Two units of non-overlapping field study will often be offered for the fall and spring semesters; extended periods of study may be available during summer session. Weather conditions may require rescheduling of some trips. This course may be taken 3 times; a maximum of 6 units may be earned.

Transfer credit: CSU, UC, USC

105
HISTORICAL EARTH SCIENCE
4 Units

Geology 105 is a study of the geologic and paleontologic history of the North American
continent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of any one of the following courses: Geology 101, 102, 103; Oceanography 115; Paleontology 101; or equivalent.

Transfer credit: CSU, UC, USC (CAN GEOL 4)

111/111H
PHYSICAL GEOLOGY LABORATORY
HONORS PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
LABORATORY

1 Unit

Geology 111 is an introduction to common laboratory practices and exercises in physical geology, such as identifying common minerals and rocks and understanding simple topographic and geological sections and maps.

The honors course will be enhanced in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Lab exercises will regularly involve exercises utilizing skills expected of students who are eligible for Math 110.
  2. Students will perform lab exercises in which they will:
    • Learn how to read a geological map at an advanced level
    • Manipulate geophysical and/or geochemical datasets using a computer.
    • dentify a larger number of rocks and minerals than non-honors students

Laboratory 3 hours (including 5 hours of supervised fi eld observations).

Prerequisite: Geology 101. (Geology 101 may be taken concurrently.)

Note: This course may not be taken for credit by students who have completed Geology 110.

Transfer credit: CSU, UC, USC

112
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
LABORATORY
1 Unit

Geology 112 is an introduction to the common laboratory practices and exercises in environmental geology. Laboratory exercises include analyzing topographic and geological maps and aerial and satellite imagery. Also included are identifying common mineral and rock samples, water and soil analysis and integrating data from the World Wide Web in problem solving exercises.

Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Geology 102.

Note: Geology 102 may be taken concurrently with Geology 112.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC

120
EARTHQUAKES
3 Units

Geology 120 introduces the student to the current knowledge of earthquakes, with special reference to California, emphasizing their occurrence, causes and properties and the way the dangers from earthquakes can be reduced. The material presented is appropriate for students seeking to fulfill general science requirements as well as for those wishing to acquire a specialized knowledge of the subject.

Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: None. Transfer credit: CSU, UC, USC

 

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