Spring 2012 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, Jan 14-May 16
TTh       05:30PM-06:50PM LEC B.Anderson           FLC MAIN FL2 208         16079 
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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, 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, Jan 14-May 16
MW        09:00AM-10:20AM LEC J.Pittman            FLC MAIN FL2 212         16322 
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TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC J.Pittman            El Dorado EDC A109       16324 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, Jan 14-May 16
T         07:00PM-10:05PM LAB B.Anderson           FLC MAIN FL2 208         16433 
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GEOL 330    Introduction to Oceanography    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: The course will provide an introduction to the basic principles and practices of oceanography. Topics will be presented in terms of the applications of physics, geology, chemistry, and biology to a study of the world's oceans. Specific topics will include planetary science and earth origin, the geologic timescale, geography and location systems, matter, marine provinces, sediments, seismology, plate tectonics, seawater composition, geochemical distributions, deep ocean circulations, winds and surface circulation, waves, tides, estuarine environment, biological production, necton, plankton, and benthic organisms. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 16
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC N.Vidic              FLC MAIN FL2 212         19715 
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GEOL 345    Geology of California    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course provides a survey of the physical and historical aspects of California geology, emphasizing the linkage of geology and people through economic and social impacts. This course is recommended for non-majors and majors in geology and is of particular value to science, engineering, environmental studies, education, and economics majors. Field trips will be combined with lectures.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 16
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC N.Vidic              FLC MAIN FL2 212         16593 
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GEOL 347    Geologic Mining History of the Mother Lode    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: GEOL 300
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This is an introductory course covering the mining and geologic history of California's Mother Lode region. Emphasis is on understanding the formation of the area's gold deposits, understanding past and present mining methods, and understanding the legacy left by the early miners.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 16
Th        05:30PM-08:35PM LEC G.Wheeldon           El Dorado EDC A109       16329 
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GEOL 390    Field Studies in Geology    .5-4 Units

Prerequisite: GEOL 300 with a grade of "C" or better
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, Apr 13-May 04
Mining Geology of Nevada
F         04:30PM-07:10PM LEC G.Wheeldon           El Dorado EDC A109       16425 
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This is a one unit field class consisting of 3-hour pre and post class sessions and 3 days of field classes touring modern gold mining operations in Nevada. The pre-trip class is on Friday, April 13, 2012 in room EDC A109 and will include an introduction to the gold occurrences and mining operations past and present in the state of Nevada. Field trip details will be discussed, and information regarding meeting times and places will be handed out, along with maps. On Friday, April 20, 2012 the class will visit the Mackay Silver Collection, mining exhibits, and mineral collections at the University of Nevada, Reno. Admission to the museum is free. On Saturday, April 21, 2012 the class will examine the geology and mines of the Virginia City Area. We will also take a train ride on the Recently Restored V & T Railroad, from Virginia City to Carson City. On Sunday, April 22, 2012 the class will visit historic Silver City to observe past and present silver mining and milling activity. This will include a rare opportunity to collect minerals from past mining activity in this famous district. The final class meeting is on Friday, May 4, 2012, at which time students will turn in reports and share digital pictures taken during the field trip. All transportation to and from the field trip areas will be in private cars. All lodging, meals and fees will be at student expense. Immediately upon registering for this class, please contact Professor Wheeldon at wheeldon@sbcglobal.net or call 530-672-8357 for any questions in regards to this class. Contact for last minute changes will be made by e-mail, so it is imperative that Professor Wheeldon has your e-mail and cell phone number.

Schedule: Other Term, Apr 20-Apr 22
TBA       TBA             LAB G.Wheeldon           El Dorado TBA              
This is a one unit field class consisting of 3-hour pre and post class sessions and 3 days of field classes touring modern gold mining operations in Nevada. The pre-trip class is on Friday, April 15, 2011 2011 in room EDC A109 and will include an introduction to the gold occurrences and mining operations past and present in the state of Nevada. Field trip details will be discussed, and information regarding meeting times and places will be handed out, along with maps. On Friday, April 29, 2011 the class will visit the Mackay Silver Collection, mining exhibits, and mineral collections at the University of Nevada, Reno. Admission to the museum is free. On Saturday, April 30, 2011 the class will examine the geology and mines of the Virginia City Area. We will also take a train ride on the Recently Restored V & T Railroad, from Virginia City to Carson City. On Sunday, May 1, 2011 the class will visit historic Silver City to observe past and present silver mining and milling activity. This will include a rare opportunity to collect minerals from past mining activity in this famous district. The final class meeting is on Friday, May 6, 2011, at which time students will turn in reports and share digital pictures taken during the field trip. All transportation to and from the field trip areas will be in private cars. All lodging, meals and fees will be at student expense. Immediately upon registering for this class, please contact Professor Wheeldon at wheeldon@sbcglobal.net
or call 530-672-8357 for any questions in regards to this class. Contact for last minute changes will be made by e-mail, so it is imperative that Professor Wheeldon has your e-mail and cell phone number.

Spring 2012 Class Schedule

Updated: April 25, 2012