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Geological Sciences

Courses - GEOL Lower Division

102. General Geology (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: A course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra or the equivalent.
Broad based introductory study of geology. Broad based introductory study of geology. Structure, composition, distribution, and modification of earth materials and elementary geologic history of the Earth.
Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 104 or 105 recommended. (Lecture, demonstration 3 hrs.)

104. Geology Laboratory (1)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: A course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra or the equivalent, and concurrent or prior enrollment in GEOL 102.
Laboratory study of earth materials.
(Laboratory 3 hrs.)

105. Geology Field Laboratory (1)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: A course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra or the equivalent, and concurrent or prior enrollment in GEOL 102.
Field trips to areas of geologic significance and field study of earth materials.
May be repeated to a maximum of 3 units with consent of instructor. (Field trips, 6 days per unit.) Course fee may be required for bus trips.

106. Earth Science for Teachers (4)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: A course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics, including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra or the equivalent.
Introduction to earth science including geology, oceanography, meteorology, solar system and astronomy. Scientific method addressed. Methods of teaching science to K-8 pupils.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture, demonstration 3 hours., laboratory 3 hrs., field trips.)

110. Natural Disasters (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Courses that fulfill the GE A.1 and B.2 requirements. Corequisite: GEOL 110L is recommended.
Introductory study of Earth's natural processes that severely impact humans. Includes study of processes causing natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and asteroid impacts.
(Lecture 3 hrs.)

110L. Natural Disasters Laboratory (1)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Courses that fulfills the GE A.1 and B.2 requirements. Corequisite: GEOL 110.
Laboratory analysis of geological data and field observations of geologic features associated with natural disasters.
Course fee may be required. (Laboratory 3 hrs, field trips).

160. Introduction to Oceanography (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: A course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra or the equivalent.
Origin and extent of oceans, nature of ocean floor, and cause and effect of currents, tides, and waves; and life in the ocean.
(Lecture, discussion 3 hrs.)

160L. Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory (1)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: A course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra (MAPB 7) or the equivalent; and previous credit or concurrent registration in GEOL 160.
Field and laboratory study of marine environment. Analysis of maps, plus shore and on-water trips for experience in use of oceanographic instruments. Analysis and interpretation of results.
(Laboratory-field 3 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

190. Environmental Geology (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: A course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra or the equivalent.
Interrelationships between humans and hazards: landslides, floods, erosion, subsidence, volcanism, earthquakes, and seismic sea waves. Origin of resources and impacts of resource development: water, soils, and energy. Waste and waste disposal.
(Lecture 3 hrs.)

191. Air and Water Pollution (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: A course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra or the equivalent.
Survey course dealing with the causes and nature of pollution in the air, groundwater, fresh water lakes and streams, and the ocean. Effects of air and water pollution on the environment.
(Lecture 3 hrs.)

240. Historical Geology (4)

Prerequisite: GEOL 106 or both GEOL 102, 104.
History of earth and evolution of animals and plants.
(Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs., field trips.)

250. Introduction to Field Petrology and Geological Field Techniques (3)

Prerequisites: GEOL 102 with 104 or 105; or GEOL 106; all with grades of "C" or better. Corequisite: GEOL 240.
Identification and description of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks in the field. Development of fundamental geological field techniques: recording, collection, and interpretation of geological field data. Creation and interpretation of geological maps, writing technical reports, and construction of geological illustrations.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 1 hour, weekend field trips.)

273. Computer and Statistical Methods in Geology (4)

Prerequisites: GEOL 240, MATH 117 or 122. An elementary background in computers is recommended.
Introduction to statistical theory, computer programming, and the use of computer-based statistical and graphical packages as applied to problem-solving in the geological sciences.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 6 hrs., field trips.) Course fee may be required.

280. Water Resources and Society (3)

Prerequisites: GEOL 102, 104. A grade of "C" or better in MATH 117, or four years of high school mathematics.
Hydrologic, geologic, and other factors controlling groundwater and surface water occurrence, movement, quality, and contamination. Environmental effects of groundwater and surface water contamination.
(Lecture 3 hours; field trips)