Course Descriptions

GEOL 100 Introduction to Geology (3 units)

An introduction to Earth materials, landforms, and the processes that shape the Earth. Course includes the study of rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, and surface processes such as landslides, rivers, and glaciers.

GEOL 101 Geology Laboratory (1 units)

An introduction to earth materials through the identification of minerals and rocks. Interpretation of geologic processes and landforms by analyzing maps and other data. Includes the study of plate tectonics, geologic time, and surface processes such as rivers, groundwater and glaciers. Field trips may be required.

GEOL 121 Earth Science (4 units)

An interdisciplinary study of the planet Earth, stressing the interconnectedness of Earth systems. Topics include Earth materials, geologic processes and landforms, atmosphere processes, the hydrosphere, ocean characteristics and processes, Earth/Sun relationships, and the Solar System. A fieldtrip may be required.

GEOL 695 Independent Study (0.5- 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.