GEOL 1                                                                                                            4/3/3

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INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY

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Geology Courses

 

GEOL 1                                                                                                                      4/3/3

INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY

Integrated study of the principles of geology and the use of geologic clues to determine earth history. Emphasis will be placed on the composition of earth's crust and interior, plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, mountain building, surface processes and natural resources such as minerals, fossil fuels, and water. Includes laboratory exercises in identifying common minerals and rocks, reading and interpreting aerial photos, topographic, and geologic maps. Field trips will supplement laboratory work.

 

GEOL 2                                                                                                                      4/3/3

HISTORICAL GEOLOGY Recommended Preparation: GEOL 1 or 20

A study of the physical and biological aspects of the evolution of the earth. The history and origin of the earth continents, oceans and atmosphere; origin and evolution of life; global tectonics; methods and concepts utilized in deciphering the geologic records. Field trips may be required to fulfill the objectives of this course.

 

GEOL 3                                                                                                                      3/3/0

GEOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA

A study of California's geologic provinces and their direct affect on the human history of the state. How the San Andreas Fault system, other earthquake faults, volcanoes, mountain ranges, glacial valleys, and other geological features relate to and influence our life in this state. How our energy resources and recreation are directly related to the geology of the state. Field trips may be required to fulfill the objectives of this course.

 

GEOL 4                                                                                                                      3/3/0

NATURAL DISASTERS

Examines how human evolution, society, culture, and even where we choose to work and live, are dictated by natural hazards. The entire time scale from formation of the universe to the present earth system will be considered. The physical processes causing earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods, windstorms, and asteroid impacts will be described, along with the role played by these random, rapid processes in the geological and biological evolution of the planet.

 

GEOL 5                                                                                                                      4/3/3

MARINE GEOLOGY

Recommended Preparation: GEOL 1 or 20, or MS 20

Students will study the geological aspects of oceanography. Topics will include the geology of the ocean basins and continental margins, with emphasis on their formation, evolution, morphology, sediments and resources. Attention will be given to laboratory and field techniques. Field trips will be required.

 

GEOL 6                                                                                                                      4/2/6

PRINCIPLES OF MINERALOGY

Prerequisite: GEOL 1 or 20 Recommended Preparation: CHEM 1A

The fundamental physical and chemical properties of minerals and basic crystallography. Includes identification of minerals by physical and chemical methods. Field trips may be required to fulfill the objectives of this course.

 

GEOL 7                                                                                                                      3/3/0

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

A survey course in meteorology, emphasizing atmospheric composition and variability as well as interactions between atmosphere, oceans and continents to produce our weather. Includes the terminology and tools that meteorologists employ to observe, study, and predict storm systems, storm fronts, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and wind-driven ocean waves. Current topics such as air pollution and climate change will also be addressed.

 

GEOL 10                                                                                                                    3/3/0

GEOLOGY OF THE NATIONAL PARKS

A survey of geologic concepts and processes responsible for shaping the national parks of the U.S., including plate tectonics, mountain building, volcanic and earthquake activity, weathering, erosion, sedimentation and glaciation. Emphasizes the geologic evolution of the North American continent. (Formerly GEOL 110)

 

GEOL 20                                                                                                                    4/3/3

INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE

Introduces and brings together geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Study of the universe, solar system, solid earth (rocks, minerals, plate tectonics, mountain-building, and earthquakes), oceans, shorelines, the atmosphere, and life, past and present. Field trips may be required to fulfill the objectives of this course.

 

GEOL 21                                                                                                                    3/3/0

THE SOLAR SYSTEM

A study of the origin and evolution of our solar system, from the beginning to the present, as deduced from sampling, remote sensing, exploration, imagery, and theory. We will discuss and compare composition; tectonics; volcanism; surface processes; and atmospheric and thermal evolution of earth, the moon, terrestrial, and Jovian planets and their satellites. Additional topics will include meteorite and comet impacts and the possible existence of life elsewhere in the solar system. Field trips may be required to fulfill the objectives of this course. Also listed as ASTR 21. Credit given in either area, not both.

 

GEOL 23                                                                                                                    4/3/3

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

How the earth affects man and man affects the earth. Includes environmental studies into the problems related to earthquakes, volcanism, floods, landslides, the shoreline, energy resources and pollution. Principles of sound planning for human use of the planet earth. Field trips may be required to fulfill the objectives of this course. Also listed as ENV 23. Credit given in either area, not both.

 

GEOL 162                                                                                                                 2/1/3

GEMS AND MINERALS

Designed for the beginning rockhound or amateur mineral collector who wants to become familiar with gems and minerals. Includes the fundamentals of mineral identification and use of mineral keys. Simple physical and chemical tests are introduced along with a demonstration of chemical and spectroscopic analysis.

 

GEOL 189                                                                                                                 .5-4/.5-4/.5-9

SPECIAL TOPICS

The Special Topics course is a grouping of short seminars designed to provide students with the latest ideas in a field of study. The course content is thematic in nature and each seminar within the course differs from other offerings in the same course. R E 3