Geology

http://www.miracosta.edu/GEOL

Geology is the scientific study of the origin, history, and structure of the earth. Students take courses to prepare for a major in geology and to fulfill general education requirements. With a bachelor's degree, students find career options within private corporations (such as petroleum, mining, engineering, hydrology, and environmental consulting companies), government agencies (such as the U.S. Geological Survey, the California Department of Conservation, and regional planning offices), and education.

Contact Information

Chair: Chris Metzler

Dean: Carlos Lopez

www.miracosta.edu/GEOL

Department: Physical Sciences

Office: Building OC3600, 760.757.2121 x6924

Full-Time Faculty

Keith Meldahl
Chris Metzler
John Turbeville

Courses

GEOL 101: Physical Geology

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in GEOL 101H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1914.00)

Physical geology introduces the processes at work changing the earth today. Within the context of global tectonics, it explores the origins of rocks and minerals and the dynamics of processes such as igneous activity, seismicity, and crustal deformation driven by the release of earth's internal heat. It also examines how air, water, and ice move in response to gravity and energy from the sun, sculpting earth's surface by eroding, transporting, and depositing weathered rock materials.

GEOL 101H: Physical Geology (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in GEOL 101.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (1914.00)

This course introduces the processes at work changing the earth today. Within the context of global tectonics, it explores the origins of rocks and minerals and the dynamics of processes such as igneous activity, seismicity, and crustal deformation driven by the release of earth's internal heat. It also examines how air, water, and ice move in response to gravity and energy from the sun, sculpting earth's surface by eroding, transporting, and depositing weathered rock materials. This honors course offers highly motivated students the opportunity to complete, document, and discuss independent scientific research. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for GEOL 101 or GEOL 101H.

GEOL 101L: Physical Geology Laboratory

Units: 1
Prerequisites: GEOL 101 or GEOL 101H
Corequisite: GEOL 101 or GEOL 101H if prerequisite not met.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in GEOL 101LH.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Laboratory 3 hours. (1914.00)

This course, which is intended to accompany GEOL 101/GEOL 101H, provides hands-on experience in identifying mineral samples, rock samples, and fossils, interpreting geologic and topographic data from various maps, and analyzing geologic exposures. Field trips to study local geology are required.

GEOL 101LH: Physical Geology Laboratory (Honors)

Units: 1
Prerequisites: GEOL 101 or GEOL 101H
Corequisite: GEOL 101 or GEOL 101H if prerequisite not met.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in GEOL 101L.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Laboratory 3 hours. (1914.00)

This course, which is intended to accompany GEOL 101/GEOL 101H, provides hands-on experience in identifying mineral samples, rock samples, and fossils, interpreting geologic and topographic data from various maps, and analyzing geologic exposures. This honors course offers highly motivated students the opportunity to complete and present independent scientific research and its application to geologic problems in the field. Students perform field observations at specific geologic points of interest off campus. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for GEOL 101L or GEOL 101LH.

GEOL 120: Environmental Geology: Earth Hazards and Humanity

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1914.00)

This course explores the interaction of humans with the geologic environment. Topics include earth processes that produce geologic hazards (flooding, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, coastal hazards); formation, distribution, and exploitation of geologic resources (soils, surface water, groundwater, fossil fuels, and ore deposits); and human effects on the earth environment (global warming, ozone depletion, hazardous waste disposal, landfills, river dams, and land subsidence).

GEOL 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

GEOL 298: Directed Study in Geology

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (1914.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.