Spring 2016 Class Schedule (FLC)



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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. Not open to students who have received credit for GEOL 300 or GEOL 310. (C-ID GEOL 120)

Schedule: Eight Week - Second, Mar 15-May 12
F         09:30AM-12:45PM LEC G.Wheeldon           Rancho RCC1 227          16331 
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TBA       TBA             LEC G.Wheeldon           Off Campus RCC ONLINE    16331 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.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 18
W         09:00AM-10:20AM LEC J.Pittman            FLC MAIN FL2 212         15952 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LEC J.Pittman            FLC MAIN FLC ONLINE      15952 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            FLC MAIN FLC ONLINE      20054 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

T         10:30AM-11:50AM LEC J.Pittman            El Dorado EDC A109       15954 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LEC J.Pittman            El Dorado EDC ONLINE     15954 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.


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. Not open to students who have received credit for GEOL 300 or GEOL 301.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 18
T         07:00PM-10:05PM LAB A.Reed               FLC MAIN FL2 208         16024 
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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 circulation, winds and surface circulation, waves, tides, estuarine environments, biological production, necton, plankton, and benthic organisms. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 18
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC K.Stevens            FLC MAIN FL2 212         16143 
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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. Course 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. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 18
Th        05:30PM-08:35PM LEC G.Wheeldon           El Dorado EDC A109       15957 
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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, Apr 29-May 13
F         04:00PM-06:50PM LEC G.Wheeldon           El Dorado EDC A109       20512 
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TBA       TBA             LAB G.Wheeldon           El Dorado EDCTBA           
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 29, 2016 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, May 6, 2016 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, May 7, 2016 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 8, 2016 the class will visit historic Silver City to observe past and present silver mining and milling activity at the recently re-opened Comstock Mines. 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 13, 2016, 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 530-651-3259 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 2016 Class Schedule

Updated: May 16, 2016