Course Description

This course introduces basic landforms and geological processes. Topics include rocks, minerals, volcanoes, fluvial processes, geological history, plate tectonics, glaciers, and coastal dynamics. Upon completion, students should be able to describe basic geological processes that shape the earth.


1. Explain fundamental geologic concepts including earth structure, plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, rock cycle, crustal deformation, surficial processes, earth resources and geohazards.

2. Apply the basic methods of scientific inquiry in the context of geology.

3. Recognize and quantify the operation of Earth system processes over geologic and human timescales and over local, regional and global spatial scales.

4. Manipulate, interpret and construct visualizations of geologic data using maps, graphs, and contemporary technology.

5. Demonstrate an appreciation for the societal relevance of geology and the impact of humans on the earth system.

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Fall 2014

College Transfer

College Transfer

This course has been approved for transfer under the CAA as a general education course in Natural Science.

This course has been approved for transfer under the ICAA as a general education course in Natural Science.

This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course. [SBCC/BOG 02/21/14]

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Projected Courses Offered

Format Offered:
I  (Internet),    D (Traditional Day),      N (Traditional Night),    - (waiting for college update),
H (Hybrid: mostly online with a reduced number of meetings. Contact institution for details),

This schedule is provided for planning purposes and is subject to change. Students should contact institutions to learn admission procedures, application deadlines and local prerequisites.