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This is an informal listing of course offerings. For details relating to prerequisites, transfer credit, etc., consult the college catalog. Times at which classes are given are in the PCC schedule of classes.

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  • Geology 1: PHYSICAL GEOLOGY (4 semester units) This comprehensive introductory course includes laboratory exercises. It covers the dynamic process governing the origin and development of the Earth's surface and interior (including earthquakes and volcanoes), the identification of common rocks and minerals, and a review of the Earth's energy and mineral resources.
  • Geology 1F: PHYSICAL GEOLOGY FIELD STUDIES (1 semester unit) Four days of field studies provide added enrichment for physical geology students. The trips emphasize the observation and interpretation of geologic phenomenon and the development of the geology of southern California.
  • Geology 2: HISTORICAL GEOLOGY (4 semester units) This course focuses on the history of the Earth and evolution of animals and plants with an emphasis on North America. Laboratory exercises include the study of fossils and the interpretation of geologic maps.
  • Geology 2F: HISTORICAL GEOLOGY FIELD STUDIES (1 semester unit) Geologic excursions give students the opportunity to become acquainted with geologic mapping and the interpretation of the geologic history of selected areas.
  • Geology 3: EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES (4 semester units) This general survey of the earth and space sciences is designed for pre-service teachers. It includes a laboratory involving geology, oceaography, meteorology and astronomy.
  • Geology 3F: EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES FIELD LABORATORY (1 semester unit) A companion course to Geology 3 which emphasizes field methods in Earth and Space Science.
  • Geology 4: GEOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA (3 semester units) Learn about the geologic evolution of California and western United States with an emphasis on national and state parks.
  • Geology 6: PHYSICAL MINERALOGY AND CRYSTALLOGRAPHY (4 semester units) This course emphasizes the identification of minerals by physical properties and crystal form. It also includes the morphology and classification of crystals and crystal structures, as well as an introduction to crystal chemistry.
  • Geology 8: PETROLOGY (4 semester units) Study the origin, occurrence and classification of rocks and rock-forming minerals with an emphasis on hand specimen identification and field occurrences.
  • Geology 12: PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY (3 semester units) Learn the principles and practices of marine geology and physical oceanography. Plate tectonics, oceanic volcanism, and earthquakes are included, as are mankind's use and misuse of the ocean.
  • Geology 12F: PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY FIELD STUDIES (1 semester unit) In four days of instructional trips, observe and interpret the oceanographic phenomena of southern California. (See the Changing California Coastline web site for more information from past trips)
  • Geology 12L: PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY LABORATORY (1 semester unit) This course supplements the lecture course by providing computer based laboratory exercises exploring digital oceanographic and climatic data sets.
  • Geology 16: INTRODUCTION TO PLANETARY SCIENCE (3 semester units) This descriptive introduction to planetary geology includes the origin of the solar system (the formation of elements and their condensation to form planets), asteroids and comets, and planetary surface processes such as meteoroid bombardment, erosion, and crustal deformation.
  • Geology 22: THE AGE OF DINOSAURS (3 semester units) The historical geology and paleobiology of the Mesozoic Era including origins, evolution, lifestyles, habitat, and extinction of dinosaurs.
  • Geology 23: NATURAL DISASTERS (3 semester units) This course explores the natural origin of natural disasters and human role in amplifying their effects, as well as mitigation efforts.
  • Geology 24: SCIENCE OF ATMOSPHERE(3 semester units) This introduction to weather and climate uses current meteorological information to explore methods of weather forecasting and understanding climate patterns.
  • Geology 30A-L: GEOLOGICAL FIELD INVESTIGATION (2 semester units) This series of 6 to 7 day field excursions provides an opportunity to study regional geology in selected areas.
    • Geology 30A Channel Islands--Coastal California
    • Geology 30B Penisular Ranges--Salton Depression
    • Geology 30C Coast Ranges--San Andreas Fault
    • Geology 30D Sierra Nevada
    • Geology 30E Owens Valley--Death Valley
    • Geology 30F Western Cordillera
    • Geology 30G Klamath Mountains--Northern California
    • Geology 30H International Study Areas
    • Geology 30I Problems in Structural Geology
    • Geology 30J Colorado Plateau
    • Geology 30K Problems in Regional Stratigraphy
    • Geology 30L Applications of Global Positional System
    • Geology 30M Pacific Rim/Pacific Islands