Geology Courses

GEOL 10, Physical Geology
Lec-52.5

ADVISE: ((MATH 55 and MATH 60) or ET 108B)); ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introduction to the basic concepts of physical geology, including Earth's origins and internal structure, plate tectonics, mountain building, earthquakes, minerals, rocks, volcanic processes, geologic time, weathering, erosion, coastal processes, landslides, streams, glaciers, and ice ages and natural resources. Emphasis on geologic features of western North America.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 10L, Physical Geology Lab
Lec-17.5 Lab-52.5 field trips

PREREQ.: completion of or concurrent enrollment in GEOL 10 ADVISE: ((MATH 55 and MATH 60) or ET 108B)); completion of or concurrent enrollment in: ENGL 88 or ESL 188

Introduction to the materials of the Earth with emphasis on the identification and interpretation of common minerals and rocks (especially those common to California); interpretation of topographic, geologic, and structural maps; and analysis of plate tectonics processes.

UC/CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

One mandatory field trip. Transportation is NOT provided.

GEOL 11, Historical Geology
Lec-52.5 field trips

ADVISE: MATH 60 or ET 108A; ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The study of Earth's history and the methods and tools used in its interpretation. Includes topics such as the formation and growth of continents, the creation and destruction of ocean basins, and the evolution of life on Earth as represented by the fossil record. Emphasis on the geologic and life history of North America.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 11L, Historical Geology Lab
Lab-52.5 field trips

PREREQ: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in GEOL 11

The laboratory component to an introduction to Earth�s history and the life it supports. Subjects include geologic dating, plate tectonics, stratigraphy, fossils, biological evolution, the planet�s origin and the processes that have influenced paleogeography during the past 4.6 billion years.

UC/CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 21A, San Francisco Coastal Geology
Lec-3 Lab-17.5 field trips P/NP Only

Field class that introduces students to geological processes at work along the San Francisco Pacific coastline, emphasizing scientific field work, coastal erosion, human interactions with the coastline, sand formation and migration, and geologic history of the coastline. Field work requires hiking across uneven terrain and up and down hills.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 21B, San Francisco Geology
Lec-3 Lab-17.5 field trips P/NP Only

Field class that introduces students to geological processes at work in the city of San Francisco, emphasizing scientific field work surface and rock types, topographic features and their formation, geologic hazards, and geologic history. Field work requires hiking across uneven terrain and up and down hills.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 21C, The San Andreas Fault System
Lec-3 Lab-17.5 field trips P/NP Only

Field class that introduces students to geological processes at work within the San Andreas fault system, emphasizing scientific field work, the physical, biological, and historical impacts of earthquakes, fault formation and evolution, and geologic history of local faults. Field work requires hiking across uneven terrain and up and down hills.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 30, Environmental Geology
Lec-52.5 field trips

ADVISE: (MATH 55 and MATH 60) or ET 108A; ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The scientific study of human interaction with Earth's near-surface environment. Topics include hazardous Earth processes, natural resources, climate and climate change, and the impacts of human population growth and pollution on environmental sustainability.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 30L, Environmental Geology Lab
Lab-52.5 field trips

PREREQ.: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: GEOL 30

An introduction to the fundamentals of Environmental Geology through laboratory work in hazards and resource assessment, regional planning as relates to these assessments, and the nature and dynamics of human interactions with Earth's near-surface environment (hydrosphere, atmosphere, soil systems and land forms).

UC/CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 91, Geoscience Work Experience
P/NP Available

PREREQ.: Approval of Earth Sciences Department

Internship in geoscience-related settings (such as a laboratory, museum, park, geotechnical firm, government agency, or CCSF department) under the supervision of a qualified professional. The student will need to arrange the internship and then contact the department to enroll in this class. Suggestions and strategies are on the CCSF Earth Science website. One unit of credit is earned for 60 hours of unpaid or 75 hours of paid work.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable