Fall 2016 Class Schedule (FLC)



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GEOL 300    Physical Geology    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 301 is recommended. Students enrolled in GEOL 300 experience higher rates of success when concurrently enrolled 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. (C-ID GEOL 100)

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
T         05:30PM-08:35PM LEC G.Wheeldon           El Dorado EDC A109       16104 
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GEOL 301    Physical Geology Laboratory    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOL 300; (or may be taken previously)
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course provides laboratory experience with the tools and skills discussed in Physical Geology (GEOL 300). Lab topics include; mineral and rock identification, map and air photograph interpretation, landform identification, and the study and interpretation of geologic maps and cross-sections. A calculator, ruler, protractor, and GEOL 300 textbook may be required. (C-ID GEOL 100L)

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
Th        05:30PM-08:35PM LAB G.Wheeldon           El Dorado EDC A109       16006 
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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, meteorology, astronomy, scientific method, and philosophy of science. This course is designed for non-science majors. (C-ID GEOL 120)

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
W         09:00AM-10:20AM LEC J.Pittman            FLC MAIN FL2 212         15880 
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TBA       TBA             LEC J.Pittman            FLC MAIN FLC ONLINE      15880 Textbook
This is a hybrid course in which approximately half of the class is online. Students must have access to a computer and the Internet and have an active email address. The class will meet on campus during the time listed above.

TBA       TBA             LEC J.Pittman            Off Campus RCC ONLINE    16174 Textbook
This is an online course. Students must have access to a computer and the Internet. For more information, please contact the instructor at pittmaj@flc.losrios.edu


GEOL 306    Earth Science Laboratory    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOL 305; (or may be taken previously)
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
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.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
W         07:00PM-10:05PM LAB A.Reed               FLC MAIN FL2 212         19288 
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GEOL 310    Historical Geology    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: GEOL 300 or 305 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course covers the origin and geologic history of the Earth and the evolution of its plant and animal inhabitants. Plate tectonic theory is used to explain changes in composition and structure of rocks of the Earth's crust from the formation of the Earth to the present. Emphasis is placed on the formation of sedimentary rocks and how the Earth's environment and processes changes are recorded. Evolution and extinction are studied to understand how they reflect environmental changes in the earth's ocean, atmosphere, and surface. (C-ID GEOL 110)

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
W         05:30PM-08:35PM LEC K.Stevens            FLC MAIN FL1 7           19955 
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GEOL 311    Historical Geology Laboratory    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOL 310 (may be taken previously).
Advisory: GEOL 300
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: Laboratory studies will accompany and complement GEOL 310, Historical Geology. Use of sedimentary rocks, fossils, geologic maps, and cross sections will aid in interpreting ancient environments, tectonic settings, and geologic history. Other concepts addressed include age relations and correlation of rock and time units, and introduction to fossil identification and biostratigraphy. At least one field trip or an appropriate alternative activity will be required as an introduction to sedimentary environments and field methods in geology.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
M         05:30PM-08:35PM LAB K.Stevens            FLC MAIN FL2 212         19957 
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GEOL 390    Field Studies in Geology    1-4 Units

Prerequisite: GEOL 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 32 hours LEC ; 120 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 21-Nov 04
Geology of Mono Lake Area
F         04:00PM-06:50PM LEC G.Wheeldon           El Dorado EDC A109       16361 
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TBA       TBA             LAB G.Wheeldon           El Dorado EDCTBA           
This one unit class meets at EDC for lecture on October 21 and Nov 4, with a field trip on October 28, 29, 30 2016. There are 12 hours of lecture and 36 hours of lab. On Friday, Oct. 23 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. 24 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. 30 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 2016 Class Schedule

Updated: December 7, 2016