Earth Sciences is an interdisciplinary field that includes astronomy and space science, climatology, geology, physical geography, and oceanography. Students take courses in these areas of study to prepare for a major or to fulfill general education requirements in physical science.
Department Chair: Chris Metzler
Dean: Carlos Lopez
Department: Physical Sciences
Office: Building OC3600, 760.795.6844
How to Read Course Descriptions
Courses listed in this catalog apply to the fall 2013, spring 2014, and summer 2014 terms. Courses are numbered numerically within alphabetically arranged subject areas.
The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area. This subject-area designator is followed by the official course number and a descriptive title. The next lines indicate the course's unit value; prerequisites, corequisites, advisories, and limitations on enrollment if they exist; CSU/UC credit acceptance; and lecture and lab hours followed by a Taxonomy of Program number in parentheses.
- Prerequisites: This is a requirement that must be met before a student can enroll in the course.
- Corequisites: This is a course the student must take in the same semester.
- Advisories: This is recommended preparation the student is advised but not required to have before or in conjunction with the course.
- Enrollment Limitations: Some courses place restrictions on enrollment. Most of these restrictions prevent students from duplicating course work. Others specify something the student must do prior to enrolling in a course, such as audition or obtain special approval. Some enrollment limitations restrict the number of units a student can earn within a group of similar courses.
- Acceptable for Credit: CSU means the course is accepted for transfer at any California State University (CSU) campus; UC means it is accepted for transfer at any University of California (UC) campus. Some courses can be used to satisfy general education or major requirements while others transfer as elective credit. UC Credit Limitation means credit for the course may have UC transfer restrictions; these restrictions are identified at the end of the course description.
- Lecture and Lab Hours: These are the number of hours the course meets for lecture and/or lab per week.
- Taxonomy of Program (TOP) Number: The TOP number is identified in parentheses after the lecture and lab hours. This number serves an administrative purpose and is not intended for student use.
The course description summarizes the purpose and key topical areas of the course, and it includes special requirements if any exist. Some course descriptions end with information about whether the course was "formerly" another course, how many times the course may be repeated, if the course is offered pass/no pass, or what the UC credit limitation is.
Some course descriptions are followed by a C-ID number. The purpose of C-ID numbers is to identify comparable courses within the California community college system. When a course has a C-ID number, students can be assured the course will be accepted in lieu of a course bearing the same C-ID designation at another community college.
EART 106: Earth and Space Science
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (1930.00)
This course introduces astronomy, including planetary origin and motions; earth science, including origin and composition of earth, landforms, and plate tectonics; atmospheric processes, including climate and weather; earth's oceans and other bodies of water, and their currents and tides as well as the hydrologic cycle. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: No credit if taken after a college level course in Astronomy, Geology, or Earth Science.