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Geology Courses



image from the USGS Earthquake Site  USGS webpage
 
 
The geology/Earth science courses offered at SCC are taken for a variety of reasons, to meet general education requirements, as electives, or just for interest and fun.  Check the current SCC schedule of classes for this semester’s offerings.  For more information about any of these courses, please consult the SCC Catalog or either of the geology professors. 
When trying to decide which course to take for transfer, check the college catalog of the four-year college or university you plan to transfer to before making your decision.  If the college catalog indicates there may be restrictions on a course you are interested in, definitely check with a counselor before making your decision, not all CSU and UC campuses accept all courses.
Also some colleges and universities always require labs in physical science classes, some only require labs for certain majors, and some do not require labs.  If in doubt, take the lab.
These courses, or course combinations, have no prerequisites and meet the general education requirements for a physical science class with lab in either Plan B, section B1 or IGETC, section 5A.  These courses are either 4-units or 4-units when combined.
GEOL 101, Introduction to Geology + GEOL 101L, Introduction to Geology Laboratory
GEOL 201, Introduction to Historical Geology
ERTH 115, Earth Science for Educators 



 
These courses have no prerequisites and meet the general education requirements for a physical science class without lab in Plan A, section A, Plan B, section B1, or IGETC, section 5A.  These courses are all 3-units.
 
GEOL 101, Introduction to Geology
GEOL 142, Natural Disasters
GEOL 150, Introduction to Oceanography
ERTH 110, Introduction to Earth Science
 
These courses are elective courses with no prerequisites.  Many of these courses are field trip courses that allow you to actually go out and see geology as you learn.  All are 1-unit courses unless otherwise indicated.
 
GEOL 162, Geologic Field Studies of the Mojave Desert
GEOL 164, Geologic Field Studies of the Eastern Sierra Nevada (2-units)
GEOL 173, Geologic Field Studies of Death Valley
GEOL 174, Geologic Field Studies of Joshua Tree National Park
GEOL 176, Geologic Field Studies of the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains
GEOL 178, Geologic Field Studies of Orange County
GEOL 180, Geologic Field Studies of the San Andreas Fault
 
This 5-unit course is a sophomore-level course for geology majors.
 
GEOL 260, Introduction to Mineralogy and Crystallography
(prerequisites:  Geology 101, Geology 101L, and Chemistry 219)