Geology

Geology is the study of the materials, processes, and evolutionary development of the Earth. Geologic understanding of the Earth is obtained by geoscientists working in a range of disciplines. Examples of the areas of study are: Mineralogy - the study of Earth's naturally occurring minerals; Petrology - the study of rocks; Paleontology - the study of the history of life on Earth; Seismology - the study of Earthquakes; Volcanology - the study of volcanoes; Environmental Geology - the study of the interactions between humans and the geologic world; and Petroleum Geology - the study of fossil fuel resources and their development.

The geology courses offered will serve students interested in pursuing geology as a major, as well as general students taking the courses to fulfill the Natural Sciences requirement for graduation with an AA or AS degree.

Degrees

  • Associate in Science Degree - Option I (Geology)
    Recommended two-year schedule (Option I). For other degree information, students should check with their advisors, transfer center staff, and college degree guidelines. Students should also note that it is extremely important to begin sequential courses in the fall since those courses are typically offered one quarter per year.

Courses

  • GEOL 115 Survey of Earth Science
    Introductory topics from Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography and Astronomy as these disciplines relate to the origin and dynamic evolution of Planet Earth. Lab work required. Course includes 2 hours of lab work per week. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088.
  • GEOL& 101 Intro to Physical Geology
    Study of the materials and processes of the earth. Topics include rocks and minerals, geologic time, volcanic activity, plate tectonic theory, earthquakes, earth's interior, and the surface processes controlled by wind, water movement, and gravity. Laboratory exercises involve identification of common rocks and minerals, use of topographic and geologic maps, and knowledge gained through the study of earthquakes. Course also includes one local field trip. Lab work required. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088. Formerly GEOL 101, Physical Geology.
  • GEOL& 103 Historical Geology
    Study of the geological history of the earth; evolution of the earth, oceans, mountain building processes, and life. The principles of stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, geochronology, fossil identification, paleogeographic reconstructions, and plate tectonics are discussed. Lab work required. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088. Formerly GEOL 201, Historical Geology.
  • GEOL& 110 Environmental Geology
    The study of geologic environments through a systems approach, which emphasizes the interconnections of Earth processes, Earth materials, and human activities. Includes student activities and projects conducted in the laboratory and outdoors. One all-day field trip is required. Lab work required. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088. Formerly GEOL 120, Environmental Earth Science.
  • GEOL& 208 Geology of Pacific NW
    Examines the geology and geologic history of the Pacific Northwest. Topics include volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, faults and folds, mountain building, and glaciations. Lab work required. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088. Formerly GEOL 210, Pacific Northwest Geology.

Degrees

Degrees

  • Associate in Science Degree - Option I (Geology)
    Recommended two-year schedule (Option I). For other degree information, students should check with their advisors, transfer center staff, and college degree guidelines. Students should also note that it is extremely important to begin sequential courses in the fall since those courses are typically offered one quarter per year.

Courses

Courses

  • GEOL 115 Survey of Earth Science
    Introductory topics from Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography and Astronomy as these disciplines relate to the origin and dynamic evolution of Planet Earth. Lab work required. Course includes 2 hours of lab work per week. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088.
  • GEOL& 101 Intro to Physical Geology
    Study of the materials and processes of the earth. Topics include rocks and minerals, geologic time, volcanic activity, plate tectonic theory, earthquakes, earth's interior, and the surface processes controlled by wind, water movement, and gravity. Laboratory exercises involve identification of common rocks and minerals, use of topographic and geologic maps, and knowledge gained through the study of earthquakes. Course also includes one local field trip. Lab work required. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088. Formerly GEOL 101, Physical Geology.
  • GEOL& 103 Historical Geology
    Study of the geological history of the earth; evolution of the earth, oceans, mountain building processes, and life. The principles of stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, geochronology, fossil identification, paleogeographic reconstructions, and plate tectonics are discussed. Lab work required. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088. Formerly GEOL 201, Historical Geology.
  • GEOL& 110 Environmental Geology
    The study of geologic environments through a systems approach, which emphasizes the interconnections of Earth processes, Earth materials, and human activities. Includes student activities and projects conducted in the laboratory and outdoors. One all-day field trip is required. Lab work required. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088. Formerly GEOL 120, Environmental Earth Science.
  • GEOL& 208 Geology of Pacific NW
    Examines the geology and geologic history of the Pacific Northwest. Topics include volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, faults and folds, mountain building, and glaciations. Lab work required. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088. Formerly GEOL 210, Pacific Northwest Geology.