Geology Courses

GEOL 1A: Physical Geology

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID GEOL 101

Honors Physical Geology uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified trans-disciplinary unit. This course offers an introduction to the principles of geology with emphasis on Earth processes. This course focuses on the internal structure and origin of the Earth and then processes that change and shape it. The laboratory component focuses on the identification of rocks and minerals, topographic and geologic map exercises demonstrating the work of water, wind, ice and gravity and effects of tectonic activity. Pass/No Pass Option

GEOL 1B: Historical Geology

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: GEOL 001A or GEOL 1AH

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID GEOL 110

Historical geology introduces theories on the origin of the earth, oceans, atmosphere, paleogeography, and life as determined in the fossil and stratigraphic rock record during the past 4.6 billion years. Subjects include the minerals and rocks, plate tectonics, geologic dating, fossils, stratigraphy, biological evolution, the origin of planet Earth, and environment of deposition of rock formations. With the background of geologic principles, the development of the North American continent is introduced in detail. Pass/No Pass Option

GEOL 2B: Historical Geology Laboratory

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Corequisite: GEOL 1B

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID GEOL 110L

This course provides laboratory and field experience to introduce Earth’s history and the life it supports. Subjects include rock descriptions, origins of the Universe and planet Earth, fossils, geologic dating, plate tectonics, biological evolution, stratigraphy, geologic maps, and paleogeography during the past 4.6 billion years. Time is spent in the field, both during the regular scheduled time plus one weekend. Pass/No Pass Option

GEOL 12: Earth Science with Lab

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID GEOL 121

This course provides an introduction to the essentials of Earth Science. The course focuses on the interactions between physical and chemical systems of the Earth, including the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and solar system. Lecture topics include plate tectonics, rock cycle, hydrologic cycle, solar system astronomy, weather, and climate. Laboratory activities include: mineral and rock identification; plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes; groundwater, stream, and mass wasting processes; geologic time and fossils; solar system and lunar astronomy; weather and climate; and field trip studies. Pass/No Pass Option

GEOL 15: Geology of California

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID GEOL 200

Geology of California investigates the geologic development of California in space and time as shown by sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks and associated faults, folds and land forms. A background of earth science, although not required, is helpful. Pass/No Pass Option

GEOL 20: Field Ecology

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the study and practice in observing, mapping, and interpreting rocks and rock structures in the field. Locations studied depend on the season and interests of the class. In the past, work has been done in the Santa Cruz Range, the Diablo Range, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Yosemite National Park, the northern California Coast Range, and Point Reyes National Park. The class meets nominally one day per week. Saturday and weekend field trips are by arrangement. Pass/No Pass Option

GEOL 30: Regional Geology Field Excursion

1 unit: Lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Corequisite: ASTR 30

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is a weekend field lecture course, whose location may change from semester to semester, that allows students to study, through direct observation, the geologic history and processes that have formed and shaped the Earth. The course includes pre-trip lecture meetings that cover the fundamentals of geology and the geologic history of the specific location chosen for the trip. Hiking and overnight stay are required. The course is held in conjunction with ASTR 30.

OCEA 10: Introduction to Oceanography

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course presents some of the more important phenomena of oceanography with emphasis on seafloor plate tectonics, marine geology, ocean chemistry, ocean physics, and marine ecology. The laboratory section complements the lecture with hands-on experience through lab exercises, demonstrations, and field trips. Pass/No Pass Option

last published: 4/30/18