EARTH SCIENCES COURSES

PROGRAMS OFFERED

Department - Earth Sciences                        Courses Only - No Degree/Certificate

Earth Science

Environmental Science

Geography

Geology

Meteorology

Oceanography


 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

 NOTE: Not every class is offered each semester. Refer to the current class schedule for current class offerings.

PREREQUISITES: Specified prerequisites must be completed with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

TRANSFER INFORMATION:

Physical Science Requirement: Earth Science 1, Geography 1, Geography 3, Geography 15, Geology 1, Geology 6, Meteorology 3, and Oceanography 1 each satisfy the IGETC and CSU general education requirements for physical science.

Physical Science w/ Lab Requirement: Geography 1 taken with Geography 15 and Geology 1 taken with Geology 6 both satisfy the IGETC and CSU general education requirements for a physical science with a laboratory.

Social & Behavioral Science Requirement: Geography 2 statisfies the IGETC and CSU social and behavioral sciences requirement.

 

Earth Science 1

Earth Science

3 Units – (UC:CSU)

Advisory:  English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

This course is a general introduction to the study of the earth’s rocks, landforms, atmosphere, and oceans.  The course content is most closely related to that of Physical Geology, but is somewhat broader and less detailed, and includes a description of earth history.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 1

The Human Environment:  Physical Processes

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory:  English 28/31 or equivalent

Lecture 3 hours

This course is an introductory examination of the basic scientific principles of environmental science with an emphasis in relating the physical aspects of the environment to human contributions.  Emphasis is placed on the integration of factors such as environmental spheres and cycles, natural hazards, resources, and pollution, and resource use and management with social solutions and world distribution.

 

Geography 1

Physical Geography

3 Units – (UC:CSU)

Advisory:  English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

This course is an introductory examination of the basic physical scientific principles of geography as they relate to Earth-Sun relationships: weather; climate; land forms; soil; and natural vegetation.  Emphasis is on the integration of these factors and world distribution.

 

*Geography 2

Cultural Elements of Geography

3 Units – (UC:CSU)

Advisory:  English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

This course is an introductory examination of the Earth’s human environment.  Emphasis is on the description, analysis, and explanation of human population distributions; human cultural trait distribution; patterns of rural land-use and settlement; patterns of agriculture and industry; and world urban development.

Note: For more information about Geography 2, please contact the Chair of Social Sciences.

 

Geography 3  (Same as Meteorology 3)

Introduction To Weather and Climate

3 Units – (UC:CSU)

Advisory:  English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

This course examines the physical laws which relate to the causes of weather phenomena and the distribution of climate types.  The role of solar energy is emphasized.

 

Geography 15

Physical Geography Laboratory

3 Units – (UC:CSU)

Advisory:  English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 1 hour.  Laboratory 2 hours.

May be taken concurrently with Geography 1

This course will involve the student in the description, analysis, explanation, and representation of natural phenomena such as Earth-Sun relationships; Earth representation on maps, aerial photos, and satellite images; measurement of atmospheric temperature, moisture, and pressure; soil types; natural vegetation; land form evolution by tectonic, erosional and depositional forces. The course involves 1 hour of laboratory - lecture and 2 hours of laboratory work.

Note: Geography 15 may be taken concurrently with Geography 1.

 

Geology 1

Physical Geology

3 Units – (UC:CSU)

Advisory:  English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

An elementary course dealing with the earth’s surface features and the geological laws governing their origin and development.

  

Geology 6

Physical Geology Laboratory

3 Units – (UC:CSU)

Advisory:  English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 1 hour.  Laboratory 2 hours.

May be taken concurrently with Geology 1

This lecture/laboratory course emphasizes the identification of minerals, and their role in rock identification.  Utilization of topographic maps in the identification of Geologic features and Geologic structures is emphasized. The course involves 1 hour of laboratory - lecture and 2 hours of laboratory work.

Note: Geology 6 may be taken concurrently with Geology 1.

 

Meteorology 3 (Same as Geography 3)

Introduction To Weather And Climate

3 Units – (UC:CSU)

Advisory:  English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

This course examines the physical laws which relate to the causes of  weather phenomena and the distribution of climate types.  The role of solar energy is emphasized.

 

Oceanography 1

Introduction To Oceanography

3 Units – (UC:CSU)

Advisory:  English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

An introduction to the general field of oceanography including study of the nature and movement of seawater, tides, currents, and wave action.  The ocean deeps, continental shelves and shoreline features will be covered with special reference to Southern California and the changes people have made.  Field trip or study aboard a marine research vessel will be an integral part of the course.