Fall 2010 Class Schedule (FLC)



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GEOL 300    Physical Geology    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: GEOL 301; (or concurrent enrollment in GEOL 301)
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: Physical geology is an introduction to the composition and dynamics of the Earth from the atomic scale of minerals to the global scale of plate tectonics. Topics include the composition of minerals and rock, volcanism, earth structures, earthquakes, erosion and surface processes, geologic time, geologic hazards, and plate tectonics. In this course, attention will focus on the rocks, landscapes, and scenic areas of the American West. Emphasis is placed on how humans affect the environment. Successful completion of physical geology prepares the student to recognize, understand, and appreciate processes which continually change our Earth.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 21-Dec 16
MW        05:30PM-06:50PM LEC N.Vidic              FLC MAIN FL2 212         22212 
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Th        07:00PM-10:05PM LEC G.Wheeldon           El Dorado EDC A109       22766 Textbook


GEOL 305    Earth Science    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOL 306
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course is an introductory course covering major topics in geology, oceanography, meterology, astronomy, scientific method, and philosophy of science. This course is designed for non-science majors. Not open to students who have received credit for GEOL 300 or GEOL 310.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 21-Dec 16
TBA       TBA             LEC B.Anderson           FLC MAIN FLC ONLINE      22198 
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This is an online course. Students must have access to a computer and the Internet. For more information, please contact the instructor at andersbh@flc.losrios.edu

MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LEC J.Pittman            FLC MAIN FL2 212         22956 Textbook
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC J.Pittman            El Dorado EDC A109       22832 Textbook


GEOL 306    Earth Science Laboratory    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOL 305; (or may be taken previously)
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course emphasizes the scientific methods and systematic laboratory procedures of Earth sciences. Topics include weather analysis, rock and mineral identification, study of geologic concepts by means of topographic maps, astronomical observation and ocean dynamics. A field trip or an appropriate alternative activity will be required as an introduction to geological environments and field methods in geology. Not open to students who have received credit for GEOL 300 or GEOL 301.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 21-Dec 16
W         07:00PM-10:05PM LAB B.Anderson           FLC MAIN FL2 212         31458 
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GEOL 390    Field Studies in Geology    .5-4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 40 hours LEC ; 100 hours LAB
Description: This course involves the study of geologic principles and processes of specific regions (mountains, deserts, great valley, coastal region, etc.). Course content varies according to field trip destination but may include topics in physical geology, environmental geology, economic geology, and/or introduction to tools and techniques used for Geoscience field research (e.g. map and compass, Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), etc.). For specific details, see the course topic description(s) listed in the schedule. Field excursions are required and students will be responsible for providing their own lodging (or camping equipment) and meals. This course may be repeated up to four times under a new topic or destination.

Schedule: Other Term, Oct 15-Oct 29
Geology of Mono Lake Area
F         04:00PM-06:40PM LEC G.Wheeldon           El Dorado EDC A109       22214 
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Schedule: Other Term, Oct 22-Oct 24
TBA       TBA             LAB G.Wheeldon           El Dorado TBA              
This one unit class meets at EDC for lecture on October 15 and October 29, with a field trip on October 22-24. There are 12 hours of lecture and 36 hours of lab. On Friday Oct 22 the class will tour an Operating Pumice Quarry at an elevation of 9000 feet, in the Mono Craters. We have permission for unlimited collecting of Pumice and Obsidian. Bring gloves as this is Volcanic Glass. On Saturday Oct. 23 the class will tour the Mono Lake Visitors Center in Lee Vining, visit the Tufa formations on the north shore of Mono Lake, and then proceed to the south shore for examination of the famous "Sand Tufas" and Panum Crater. On Sunday Oct 24 the class will proceed from Lee Vining on Highway 120 over Tioga Pass and end up in Sonora. This trip offers a cross section of the geology of the central part of the Sierra Nevada Structural Block. This trip will be a great classroom for learning about one of the world's spectacular mountain ranges. You will be exposed to a 220 million year old Caldera in the vicinity of Tioga Pass, traverse over the massive Sierra Nevada Batholith, (Take me for "Granite") see evidence of the largest glacier in the Sierras, and end up traversing over the Metamorphic Foothill Belt of the "Mother Lode". Please contact Professor Wheeldon at wheeldon@sbcglobal.net for details regarding overnight accommodations in Lee Vining. All transportation, meals and lodging will be at student's expense.

Fall 2010 Class Schedule

Updated: November 23, 2010