About the Geology Program
Geology encompasses all studies of Earth processes and is one of the cornerstone programs within the Earth Science Department. Students taking a geology course at SMC will gain a scientific understanding o geologic processes that shape the Earth’s surface, oceans, and atmosphere. They will study Earth’s origin, interior processes, plate tectonics theory, the evolution of surface environments, the linkage between climate and biology, and the various ways in which these processes are recorded in the rock record. Courses focus on the application of the scientific method to natural phenomena like the origin and evolution of life, climate change, assessment of geologic hazards, and the formation and utilization of geologic resources.
Program Level Outcomes
Upon completion of Geology courses students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the physical structure and morphology of the Earth and operation of Earth systems through a plate tectonic paradigm.
- Identify and classify Earth materials and demonstrate an understanding of their formational histories.
All classes meet IGETC and GE transfer requirements. Courses are not sequential; there are no prerequisites unless indicated.
Geology 1: Physical Geology w/o Lab
Geology 3: Introduction to Environmental Geology
Geology 4: Physical Geology with Lab
Geology 5: Earth History with Lab
Geology 10: Exploration of the Solar System
Geology 31: Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Geology 35 (A-Z): Field Studies in Geology
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