Welcome to the Earth and Spatial Sciences Department at San Bernardino Valley College. This department is comprised of the following disciplines: Geography, Geology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Oceanography.
The Geology Department offers courses which examine the Earth's history, structure, environmental, and economic resources. These courses meet the needs for:
- students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and prepare for a career in geology or related earth and environmental science fields,
- students fulfilling the undergraduate general education science requirement, and
- students who wish to better understand the planet on which we live.
Majors and non-majors will begin with GEOL 101: Introduction to Physical Geology, a three-unit lecture course. Students are also encouraged to take GEOL 111: Physical Geology Laboratory, a one-unit laboratory course. It is preferable to take GEOL 101 and 111 concurrently, as this will meet both physical science transfer and geology major requirements. Also, it is highly recommended to complete the introductory GEOL 101 and 111 courses prior to enrolling in subsequent geology courses, especially for those in pursuit of the geology AS degree.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in geology should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.