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2008-2009 University Catalog

Geology

GEOL 121 PHYSICAL GEOLOGY (4)

Three hours lecture per week and three hours laboratory per week

This course examines the basic composition of the Earth and the dynamic forces which have altered the Earth's surface through time, including sedimentation, erosion, volcanism, earthquakes, plate tectonics, and mountain-building. Students will understand the immense processes affecting their environment.

GenEd: B1  

GEOL 122 HISTORICAL GEOLOGY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

This course focuses upon the geological history of the Earth and the Solar System from the origin of the cosmos to the present, tracing the evolution of the continents and ocean basins, and the evolution of plants and animals through time. Surveys events in Earth's past of relevance to present environmental issues.

GenEd: B1  

GEOL 300 FOUNDATIONS OF EARTH SCIENCE (4)

Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week

Prerequisite: PHSC 170

Principles of geology, hydrology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy for the elementary school teacher.

GEOL 310 CALIFORNIA GEOLOGY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: GEOL 121, GEOL 122

Focuses on California’s geologic history, provinces, and resources and will feature field trips to a number of the provinces.

GEOL 321 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY (4)

Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week

Interrelationships between human and natural geologic hazards: tsunami, earthquakes, landslides, subsidence, volcanoes. Explores environmental impact of resource extraction and usage, the importance of understanding the geologic processes and landscape in land use planning, and the means of using geology to minimize conflicts in resource management and disaster preparation.

GenEd: B1

GEOL 322 SEDIMENTOLOGY, STRATIGRAPHY, GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY (4)

Three hours lecture per week, Three hours laboratory per week

Prerequisite: GEOL 121

Focuses on the basics of groundwater and the sedimentary materials in which it exists and moves. It begins with sediments and sedimentary facies, continues with determination of aquifer morphology from well data, then embarks on physical hydrogeology. Laboratory exercises and field trips will provide hands-on experience in sedimentary section characterization and water well methods.

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