GEOL 101 3 Units
Introduction to Physical Geology
This course is an introduction to the study of the Earth, with emphasis on the materials that make up the Earth. It emphasizes Plate Tectonics, the processes that created the continents and the ocean basins, and the processes that change the landscape.
GEOL 111 1 Unit
Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory
This course is a hands-on introduction to the study of the Earth, with an emphasis on the materials that make up the Earth. Students will participate in one or more field trips. This course is recommended for students concurrently enrolled in GEOL 101 or who have successfully completed GEOL 101 within the last two years.
GEOL 112 4 Units
This course reviews the geologic history of the Earth. Specific topics include the planet's origin and chronological processes that produce major continental and oceanic features, plate tectonics, stratigraphy, interpretation of Earth history from rock and fossil records, and the evolutionary development of plant and animal life. Students should anticipate participating in one or more field trips.
GEOL 122 3 Units
This course introduces the relationships among geologic processes, natural resources, and the needs of society. Topics include natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, and mudflows; mineral and energy resources; and the particular problems associated with urbanization, resource use, and pollution. Students should anticipate participating in one or more field trips.
GEOL 170 1 Unit
Geologic History of the Great Basin Province
Students will discuss and observe the physical and historical geology of the Great Basin Province of the United States, with special emphasis on the geology of Death Valley National Park. Coursework will involve a series of lectures leading to a three to four-day field trip through the Great Basin in and around Death Valley. Students must attend the field trip for the successful completion of the course. The field trips will emphasize the geological features and anthropological history of the Great Basin Province.
GEOL 201 4 Units
This course emphasizes the classification and origin of minerals through chemical and physical tests, as well as spectroscopic, optical, and x-ray diffraction analyses. There is an ancillary study of crystal structures with models, natural crystals, and stereographic projections. Students should anticipate participating in one or more field trips.
GEOL 222 1-3 Units
Independent Study in Geology
Students with previous course work in Geology may do assigned projects involving research and analysis of selected topics. This independent study is for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge of Geology. Prior to registration, a written contract must be prepared jointly by the instructor and the student.
GEOL 250 3 Units
Geology of California
This course introduces students to the physical and historical geology of California, emphasizing the distinctive geologic features of each of California's twelve geomorphic provinces. Students should anticipate participating in one or more field trips.
GEOL 251 3 Units
Geology of the National Parks and Monuments
This course comprises a study of the geology of selected national parks, monuments, seashores, recreational areas, and other public sites of geologic interest within the United States and its territories. There is an emphasis on the geologic processes that formed these notable sites. Students should anticipate participating in one or more field trips.
GEOL 260 3 Units
Introduction to Field Geology
This course emphasizes demonstration, discussion, and practice of field investigations of geologic environments. Activities include describing, mapping, and identifying geologic phenomena using the Brunton compass, GPS units, and topographic maps. As this is a hands-on course, students will spend time in the field.
GEOL 270 1 Unit
Geology of the Eastern Sierra Nevada
This course provides a lecture discussion and field observation of the physical and historical geology of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Province. It includes a three to four-day field trip along the boundary between the Sierra Nevada and Basin and Range Provinces. A three to four-day field trip demonstrates volcanic, glacial, and other geologic or economic processes. This field trip is required for the successful completion of the course.