Geology

School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

Dean: Michael Odu, Ph.D.

Department Chair: Jeff Veal, Ph.D.

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Office: 215A, (619) 482-6344

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Geology is the study of the composition, structure, and evolution of the Earth. It is an interdisciplinary science that combines geological observations and concepts with those of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. This department explores rocks, minerals, fossils, and geologic principles and the processes such as plate tectonics, continental drift, and rock forming that continue to shape the Earth and its environments. Specialization within the field of geology ranges from engineering and geophysics to paleontology and marine geology.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the geology major. A few of these require an associate in science degree, most require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: geologist, soils engineer, geological technician, earth science teacher, college instructor, geophysicist, park ranger, land use planner, geochemist, astrogeologist, marine geologist, glacial geologist, mining geologist, photogeologist, oil and gas geologist, mineralogist, paleontologist, volcanologist, and seismologist.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Science Degree: Transfer Preparation
Geology 01780
Geology for Transfer 01785

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Faculty

Ken Yanow, M.S.
kyanow@swccd.edu

GEOL 100

PRINCIPLES OF GEOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the principles of geology with an emphasis on Earth processes. Focuses on the origin of the Earth as well as the internal and external processes that change and shape it. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID GEOL 100]

GEOL 101

GENERAL GEOLOGY LABORATORY

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: GEOL 100 or GEOL 104 (may be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides hands-on experience with land forms, rocks, minerals, topographic maps, and aerial photographs. Focuses on the physical and chemical systems of the Earth such as the tectonic cycle, rock cycle, and hydrologic cycle. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID GEOL 120L]

GEOL 104

INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces students to the Earth's four principal reservoirs and their interconnectedness: solid earth, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere. Emphasizes how humanity interacts with these reservoirs. Includes solar system origins and dynamics. Most appropriate for liberal studies majors. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID GEOL 120]

GEOL 110

INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the physical, chemical, biological, and geological foundations of the global ocean system. [D; CSU] (Same as: GEOG 110;PHS 110)

GEOL 115

DINOSAURS AND THE STORY OF EARTH

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent; GEOL 100 or GEOL 104 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the Earth's history and the life it supports. Includes subjects such as geologic dating, global tectonics, stratigraphy, dinosaurs, fossils, biological evolution, the planet's origin and the processes that have influenced paleogeography during the past 4.6 billion years. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID GEOL 110]

GEOL 115L

DINOSAURS AND THE STORY OF EARTH LAB

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: GEOL 115 (may be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

The laboratory component to Dinosaurs and the Story of Earth lecture course. Subjects include geologic dating, plate tectonics, stratigraphy, fossils, biological evolution, the planet's origin, and the processes that have influenced paleogeography during the past 4.6 billion years. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID GEOL 110L]

GEOL 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of geology of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU; **UC] (**UC Limitation: credit for variable topics courses is given only after a review of the scope and content of the courses by the enrolling UC campus.)