This department is in the division of Science.

Geology

The Geology Department offers courses which examine the Earth's history, structure, environmental, and economic resources.

Overview

The Geology Department 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.

Degrees/Certificates

Geology A.S. Degree Major

The Geology Associate of Science Degree equips students with a comprehensive understanding of the Earth's history, structure, economic resources, climate, and environment. This degree program meets student needs for: (1) transfer into a geological, environmental, or Earth sciences program at a four-year institution, (2) preparing for a career within the geological sciences or related fields, including energy exploration and development, environmental protection and remediation, hydrology, meteorology, hazard analysis and mitigation, and secondary and higher education, (3) fulfilling the undergraduate general education science requirement, and (4) a better understanding of the integration of natural systems with human-environment interactions within and upon the Earth.

Students who wish to pursue a degree in geology should take GEOL 101 and 111 before enrolling in additional geology courses. GEOL 101 is a prerequisite for most geology courses offered at San Bernardino Valley College and GEOL 111 will give students a more hands-on, in-depth exposure to the geological and Earth sciences. To graduate with a specialization in geology, students must complete the following required courses plus the general breadth requirements for the Associate Degree (total = 60 units)

Required Courses: Units
CHEM 150 General Chemistry I 5
  or
CHEM 150H General Chemistry I - Honors 5
CHEM 151 General Chemistry II 5
  or
CHEM 151H General Chemistry II - Honors 5
GEOL 101 Introduction to Physical Geology 3
GEOL 111 Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory 1
GEOL 112 Historical Geology 4
MATH 250 Single Variable Calculus I 4
MATH 251 Single Variable Calculus II 4
 
Choose two courses from the following: Units
GEOL 122 Environmental Geology 3
GEOL 170 Geological History of the Great Basin Province 1
GEOL 201 Mineralogy 4
GEOL 250 Geology of California 3
GEOL 251 Geology of National Parks and Monuments 3
GEOL 260 Introduction to Field Geology 3
GEOL 270 Geology of the Eastern Sierra Nevada 1
 
Recommended Courses: Units
BIOL 100 General Biology 4
  or
BIOL 109 History of Life 4
  or
BIOL 109H History of Life - Honors 4
CS 110 Fundamentals of Computer Science 3
CS 190 Programming in C++ 4
GEOG 110 Physical Geography 3
GIS 130 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
PHYSIC 151 General Physics for the Life Sciences I 4
  and
PHYSIC 152 General Physics for the Life Sciences II 4
  or
PHYSIC 200 Physics I 6
  and
PHYSIC 201 Physics II 6
 
Total Units 28 - 33
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Have an understanding of the significance of Plate Tectonics in the overall picture of geologic processes
  2. Appreciate the magnitude of geologic time in explaining how the earth has changed over the course of geologic history
  3. Be able to recognize important rock-forming minerals; both as mineral samples and as they appear in common rocks
  4. Be able to identify the 3 major rock types (Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic) in field exposures
  5. Be able to recognize major landform features and explain what geologic processes were involved in their formation
  6. Be prepared to transfer to an accredited 4-year degree granting institution and compete effectively against 'native' students in the same field of study

Geology Transfer Degree, AS-T

The Associate of Geology for Transfer (AS-T) in Geology is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is a designated "high unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

To earn this AS-T degree, students must meet the following requirements:

  • completion of the following major requirements with grades of C or better;
  • completion of a minimum of 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
  • certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSUGE) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU, which requires a minimum of 39 units.

It is highly recommend that students complete courses that satisfy the U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement as part of CSUGE or IGETC before transferring to a CSU.

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.

Required Courses Units
GEOL 101 Introduction to Physical Geology 3
  and
GEOL 111 Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory 1
GEOL 112 Historical Geology 4
CHEM 150 General Chemistry I 5
  or
CHEM 150H General Chemistry I - Honors 5
CHEM 151 General Chemistry II 5
  or
CHEM 151H General Chemistry II - Honors 5
MATH 250 Single Variable Calculus I 4
MATH 251 Single Variable Calculus II 4
 
Recommended Courses: Units
BIOL 100 General Biology 4
  or
BIOL 109 History of Life 4
  or
BIOL 109H History of Life - Honors 4
GEOG 110 Physical Geography 3
GEOL 201 Mineralogy 4
GIS 130 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
PHYSIC 151 General Physics for the Life Sciences I 4
  and
PHYSIC 152 General Physics for the Life Sciences II 4
  or
PHYSIC 200 Physics I 6
  and
PHYSIC 201 Physics II 6
 
Major Total: 26 Units
 
CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC for CSU requirements: 37-39 Units
 
Units
 
Total Units 60
GEOL or CHEM and MATH 250 meet CSU GE-Breadth and IGETC requirements. No more than 60 units are required for an AS-T degree.  
 
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Have an understanding of the significance of Plate Tectonics in the overall picture of geologic processes
  2. Appreciate the magnitude of geologic time in explaining how the earth has changed over the course of geologic history
  3. Be able to recognize important rock-forming minerals; both as mineral samples and as they appear in common rocks
  4. Be able to identify the 3 major rock types (Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic) in field exposures
  5. Be able to recognize major landform features and explain what geologic processes were involved in their formation
  6. Be prepared to transfer to an accredited 4-year degree granting institution and compete effectively against 'native' students in the same field of study

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