May 12, 2021  
2019-2020 Catalog [Archived] 
2019-2020 Catalog [Archived] [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GEOL 1 - Physical Geology

3 units
3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: ENGL 84 
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course provides an introduction to geology, including the scientific method and the history of geology. It examines the materials, structures, and processes that compose and shape the earth. It includes a survey of minerals, rocks, and soils a study of plate tectonics and the forces that create volcanoes, earthquakes, and mountains and a study of surface features due to weathering and erosion, streams, mass wasting, ground water, glaciers, wind, desert processes, and ocean waves. The course examines concepts of geologic time, relative and absolute age dating, and fossils. The course also investigates renewable and non-renewable resources as well as mining provinces that produce metals important for industry and technology.

Note: 1 unit of laboratory science credit will be granted with concurrent or subsequent enrollment in a geology laboratory course.

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