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.