Department Homepage  Course Listings Degree Options Department Information Home Department Listings eSchedule Catalog Home Home
Master Course Outline
GEOL 115
Survey of Earth Science

Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20

Introductory topics from Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography and Astronomy as these disciplines relate to the origin and dynamic evolution of Planet Earth. Lab work required. Course includes 2 hours of lab work per week. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Define how scientific knowledge is gained through application of the Scientific Method
  • Describe the structure, composition and origin of the Earth's interior
  • Apply and understand the construction and use of the Geologic Time Scale, particularly as it relates to the concept of deep time
  • Describe the Rock, Hydrologic and Carbon cycles
  • Predict the origin and behavior of Earth's physiographic provinces (e.g. ocean basins, continentals and mountains) and zones of activity (e.g. volcanic and earthquake-prone regions)using the Plate Tectonic Theory as a framework
  • Explain the difference between climate and weather
  • Describe the structure, composition and dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans
  • Analyze the similarities and differences between planet Earth and other planets in our solar system
  • Describe the classification and life cycle of stars, including our Sun
  • Explain the model of origin and evolution of the universe: The Big Bang
  • Apply the knowledge and understanding of earth science to Earth/Human interactions

  • Course Topics
  • Geology
      Earth materials: rocks and minerals
      Surface processes & landforms: effects of weathering, gravity, moving water and wind
      Interior processes & structure: plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and mountain building
      Earth's history
  • Oceanography
      Ocean floor: margins, basins and ridges
      Seawater composition
      Life in the oceans
      Structure and dynamics of ocean water
  • Meteorology/Atmospheric Science
      Structure, composition and circulation of the atmosphere
      Moisture, clouds and weather
      Climate and climate change
  • Astronomy
      Cycles in the sky: season, moon phases and eclipses
      Solar system
      Classification and evolution of stars
      Galaxies and cosmology

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Year Quarter
    GEOL 115
    Winter 2015
    Zack McGuire
    GEOL 115
    Spring 2014
    Chris Currie
    GEOL 115
    Winter 2013
    Steve May
    GEOL 115
    Fall 2010
    Steve May
    GEOL 115
    Fall 2009
    Steve May

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.