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GEOLOGY • 239 Students will find this program challenging but those who complete Geology it should find employment easily because of the exceptionally high quality of the program. College of Arts and Sciences The Earth Sciences Minor can provide the student with a variety Department of Earth Sciences of courses in physical geography, oceanography and geology. Such a minor may form an interesting complement to many different majors. However, because the requirements are so flexible, students Bachelor of Science may design a concentration that fits their particular interests or Earth Sciences Option complements their major. Geology Option (Single Field Major) Features Physical Science Option (Single Field Major) CSU Dominguez Hills is an ideal site for geological studies. To the Minor south, lies the rocky peninsula of Palos Verdes where coastal erosion Earth Science and deposition, landsliding and subsidence can be studied first hand. To the north, the magnificent San Gabriel Mountains have Faculty been thrust up against the San Andreas Fault Zone. Field trips are Brendan McNulty, Department Chair conducted year round to nearby desert and mountain areas where Rodrick A. Hay, John Keyantash, Ralph H. Saunders, David R. excellent rock exposures facilitate geological investigations in Sigurdson, Jamie L. Webb volcanism, ore deposits and paleontology. The campus itself is located on a major Southern California oil field that has been Staff trapped along the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone. Virginia Knauss, Department Secretary The student/teacher ratio in this program assures intensive instruction and individual attention, which includes advising and Department Office: NSM B-202, (310) 243-3377 counseling. Academic excellence is developed through intensive training in basic geological subjects, combined with a thorough Program Description grounding in the physical sciences. The Earth Science Department offers B.S. degree options in Geology. Earth scientists and geologists are concerned with the Academic Advisement history, behavior, and mineral composition of the earth, particularly Earth Sciences Majors should consult with their advisor prior to that which provides energy and materials for manufacturing and registration each semester. Records of the students progress toward construction. Geologic hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, the degree are maintained in the Earth Sciences Departmental office. floods, and volcanic eruptions are studied. Recently, toxic wastes, migrating in ground water, have become a new challenge for earth Preparation scientists. An understanding of the processes taking place on our planet involves more than practical concerns of materials and High school students should take four years of mathematics, four hazards; the quality of our lives depends on our knowledge of the years of English, one year of chemistry and one year of physics. One earth for its interpretation, protection, and enjoyment. year of earth science and one year of biology are desirable. The programs have three objectives: thorough instruction in the Community College transfer students should check with their fundamental physical sciences; development of skills in observation, community college advisor to identify courses that fulfill lower writing and oral communication; rigorous training in the basic division requirements in the major. These courses are listed in the geological skills and subject matter. articulation agreement with CSU Dominguez Hills. Students also may wish to contact the CSU Dominguez Hills Earth Sciences Students may pursue either the Geology or the Physical Science department office for assistance in selecting appropriate courses. Option for which no minor is required. Alternatively, students may choose the Earth Science Option, which must be taken in conjunc- Career Possibilities tion with a minor. A large percentage of geologists are employed in petroleum and The Earth Sciences Option provides student with courses in mining industries. Other employers include public utility compa- oceanography, meteorology, geomorphology and mapping as well as nies, educational institutions, and federal, state and local govern- geology courses. The emphasis on breadth will provide a wide ments. In Southern California, many geologists are employed in exposure to many areas of the earth sciences. Students complete a verifying the geological safety of construction sites. Increasingly, minor of their choice along with this major and additional breadth geologists are occupied in solving groundwater pollution and and communication skills are developed through General Education. resource conservation problems. The Geology Option prepares students for professional careers as Employment opportunities for the Earth Sciences Option are many geologists in government or industry. The degree also provides the and varied. Any position that requires a bachelor‘s degree and has basis for continuation into more advanced work in graduate school applications to the natural sciences, such as land use, energy sources, since many professional positions require a master’s degree. The or outdoor recreation could be filled by the successful graduate. Geology Option includes training in structural and stratigraphic These might include positions such as museum curator, assistant to interpretation, fossil identification, rock and mineral analysis, field the city planner, military or park service officer or environmental mapping, and geologic report writing. technician. The program prepares students for teaching earth sciences The Physical Science Option is designed for students seeking in elementary or high school. High school teacher candidates are careers in teaching physical science in high school. This rigorous required to pass the National Teachers Examination (N.T.E.) in curriculum provides the student with a solid grounding in the physical science unless they complete the single subject waiver fundamentals of geology, physics, mathematics and chemistry. program described below. Students should consult with their advisors in selecting the most appropriate courses to prepare for the 240 • GEOLOGY N.T.E. Alternatively, a student seeking a high school teaching BIO 120. Principles of Biology I (4) and credential in California may complete the Physical Science Option, BIO 122. Principles of Biology II (4) which is described below. This program exempts the student from the N.T.E. when applying for admission to student teaching. NOTE: Completion of the lower division Geology Major requirements is also acceptable as fulfilling the lower division Earth Science Option requirements. Graduation With Honors An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with B. Upper Division Requirements (23-24 units) Honors in Geology provided he or she meets the following criteria: 1. Required Courses (14 units) 1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills; GEO 310. Geomorphology (3) 2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses GEO 315. Meteorology (3) used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major; EAR 356. Mineralogy (4) 3. Recommendation by the faculty of the Earth Sciences EAR 376. Field Methods of Mapping (3) Department. EAR 490. Senior Seminar in Earth Sciences (1) 2. Electives: Select courses from the following (9-10 units): Bachelor of Science in Geology EAR 358. Petrology (4) EAR 366. Stratigraphy (4) Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree EAR 370. Oceanography (3) See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University EAR 386. Structural Geology (4) Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A EAR 464. Paleontology (3) minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must EAR 476. Hydrogeology (3) be upper division. EAR 478. Engineering Geology (3) Elective Requirements EAR 495. Advanced Topics in Earth Sciences (3,4) Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed EAR 496. Internship in Earth Sciences (2,3) below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 or a maximum of 132 units. GEO 412. Hydrology (3) GEO 416. Climatology (3) General Education Requirements (54-60 units) See the "General Education" requirements in the University Geology Option (72-75 units) Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on Single field major - no minor required General Education requirements and course offerings. A. Lower Division Required Courses (35-38 units) EAR 100. Physical Geology (3) United States History, Constitution EAR 101. Physical Geology Laboratory (1) and American Ideals Requirement (6 units) See the "United States History, Constitution, and American Ideals" EAR 200. Earth History and Evolution (3) requirements in the University Catalog. Courses used to satisfy this EAR 201. Earth History Laboratory (1) requirement do not apply to General Education. CSC 101. Computer Applications for Scientists (2) CHE 110. General Chemistry I (5) Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement CHE 112. General Chemistry II (5) See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog. PHY 120. Elements of Physics I (4) and PHY 122. Elements of Physics II (4) or Minor Requirements PHY 130. General Physics I (5) and Students completing this major with the Earth Sciences option PHY 132. General Physics II (5) will need to complete a minor in another field. MAT 171. Survey of Calculus for Management Major Requirements (49-75 units) & Life Science I (4) and Students must select one of the options listed. The following MAT 131. Elementary Statistics and Probability (3) or courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all MAT 191. Calculus I (4) and candidates for this degree. MAT 193. Calculus II (4) Earth Sciences Option (49-50 units) B. Upper Division Requirements A. Lower Division Required Courses (26 units) 1. Required Courses (25 units) EAR 100. Physical Geology (3) EAR 356. Mineralogy (4) EAR 101. Physical Geology Laboratory (1) EAR 358. Petrology (4) EAR 200. Earth History and Evolution (3) EAR 366. Stratigraphy (4) EAR 201. Earth History Laboratory (1) EAR 376. Field Methods of Mapping (3) CHE 110. General Chemistry I (5) EAR 386. Structural Geology (4) CHE 112. General Chemistry II (5) EAR 464. Paleontology (3) PHY 120. Elements of Physics I (4) and EAR 490. Senior Seminar in Earth Sciences (1) PHY 122. Elements of Physics II (4) or EAR 499. Senior Thesis (2) GEOLOGY • 241 2. Select at least 6 units from the following: B. Upper Division Required Courses (19-20 units) EAR 476. Hydrogeology (3) EAR 356. Mineralogy (4) EAR 478. Engineering Geology (3) EAR 358. Petrology (4) EAR 495. Advanced Topics in Earth Sciences (3, 4) EAR 366. Startigraphy (4) EAR 496. Internship in Earth Sciences (2, 3) EAR 376. Field Methods of Mapping (3) CHE 474. Geochemistry (3) [I] CHE 310. Organic Chemistry I (4) and 3. Field Geology Requirement (6 units) CHE 311. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) or A minimum of six semester units of geologic field mapping CHE 316. Survey of Organic Chemistry (3) and and report preparation is required for the bachelor’s degree CHE 317. Survey of Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) in Geology. This course, which is normally conducted from CHE 311. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) or a camp in a primitive mountain or desert region, may be taken as a summer school or extension course at CSU CHE 316. Survey of Organic Chemistry (3) and Dominguez Hills or at another university. Students should CHE 317. Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) take this course after their junior year, during the intersemester or summer breaks and should consult with an advisor at least two semesters prior to taking the course. Minor in Earth Sciences (20 units) Physical Science Option (55-56 units) The Minor in Earth Sciences requires completion of 20 units. Single field major - (no minor required) The lower division requirement includes courses which may be used and Subject Matter Preparation Program to satisfy other university requirements such as General Education Students may prepare for a career in teaching science at the or the major. secondary level (junior high or high school) by completing an A. Lower Division Required Courses (8 units) approved "Subject Matter Preparation Program." Completion of EAR 100. Physical Geology (3) such a program is the first step in meeting the state requirements for EAR 101. Physical Geology Laboratory (1) a teaching credential. As the program requirements for the "Subject Matter Preparation Program" in science have changed recently, EAR 200. Earth History and Evolution (3) interested students should consult the departmentally designated EAR 201. Earth History Laboratory (1) advisor for current information. B. Upper Division Requirements (12 units) A. Lower Division Required Courses (36 units) Any 12 units of upper division Earth Sciences (EAR) courses are EAR 100. Physical Geology (3) sufficient to fulfill this requirement. Alternatively, the student EAR 101. Physical Geology Laboratory (1) may complete any six units of upper division Earth Sciences EAR 200. Earth History and Evolution (3) courses with six units selected from the geography courses listed below: EAR 201. Earth History Laboratory (1) GEO 310. Geomorphology (3) CHE 110. General Chemistry I (5) GEO 315. Meteorology (3) CHE 112. General Chemistry II (5) GEO 412. Hydrology (3) MAT 191. Calculus I (4) GEO 416. Climatology (3) MAT 193. Calculus II (4) PHY 130. General Physics I (5) [I] = course is infrequently offered PHY 132. General Physics II (5) Lower Division EAR 101 Physical Geology Laboratory (1) FS. Course Offerings EAR 100 Physical Geology (3) FS. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EAR 100 Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EAR 101 is recommended. The credit value for each course in is recommended. Nature and origin of rocks and minerals semester units is indicated for each term by Volcanoes, earthquakes, oceanic processes through determination of physical proper- a number in parentheses following the title. and continental drift. Rock and mineral ties of specimens. Topographic and geologic Departments may indicate the term in identification is enhanced by concurrent map analysis. Geological features from enrollment in EAR 101. Meets certain stereoscopic air photos. Recommended which they expect to offer the course by the general studies requirements (is fundamen- elective for students interested in the use of: “F” (fall), “S” (spring) or “EOY” tal to Earth Sciences majors/minors), and (every other year). outdoors, archaeology, mineral deposits, has wide-ranging applications in art, land use, and natural hazards. commerce, public policy, and science. Field Trip. 242 • GEOLOGY EAR 200 Earth History and Evolution EAR 376 Field Methods of Mapping (3) EAR 495 Advanced Topics in Earth (3) F. F-EOY. Sciences (3,4) S-EOY. Prerequisites: EAR 100, EAR 101, and concurrent Techniques of preparing base maps with Prerequisite: Senior standing in Earth Sciences or enrollment in EAR 201 are recommended. transit, tape, plane table and alidade. consent of instructor. Geological and biological history of the Brunton compass traverse methods. Systematic studies in such topics as optical earth. Includes development of the geologic Introduction to geologic mapping. Applica- mineralogy, petrography, ore deposits and time scale, origin of the earth and life, the tions to real estate, anthropology, construc- geophysics. Utilizes specialties of visiting fossil record and evolution, and plate tion engineering, government agencies or professors where possible. Oriented toward tectonics. Special emphasis on the geology industries using maps. One hour of lecture development of professional skills through of North America. Philosophical implica- and six hours of laboratory per week. practical laboratory or field experience. tions make this a valuable general elective Repeatable course. Two hours of lecture for all students. EAR 386 Structural Geology and three or six hours of laboratory per (4) F-EOY. week. EAR 201 Earth History Laboratory Prerequisites: EAR 100 and EAR 101 are (1) F. required; EAR 200, EAR 201 are recommended. EAR 496 Internship in Earth Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EAR 200 Mechanics of rock deformation. Interpreta- Sciences (2,3) FS. is recommended. tion and classification of folds and faults. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Practical laboratory experience in fossil Graphical projections for location of Employment as an assistant or volunteer in identification. Life history, form, function subsurface features on geologic maps and an earth sciences-related firm or govern- and evolution of animals and plants cross sections. Use of stereonet. Plate ment agency. Course may run at time important in the fossil record. Interpretation tectonic implications. Two hours of lecture convenient to student and employers, of geologic maps and stratigraphic and six hours of laboratory per week. including summer. Student should contact correlation of sedimentary rocks. Three Department faculty three months prior to hours of laboratory per week. EAR 464 Paleontology (3) S-EOY. enrollment. CR/NC grading. Repeatable Prerequisites: EAR 200 and EAR 201. course. Upper Division Reviews the principles of paleontology, EAR 356 Mineralogy (4) F-EOY. including biology (modes of life, growth, EAR 498 Directed Research reproduction), morphology, phylogeny and (1-3) FS. Prerequisites: EAR 100, EAR 101 and CHE 110 are required; CHE 112 is recommended. classification, evolution, paleoecology, and Prerequisite: Senior standing is recommended. biogeography. Lab: identification of fossils Laboratory, library or field research Systematic study of the most common rock and application to stratigraphy. Emphasis is investigations intended to produce new and forming and ore minerals. Classification of on invertebrate fossils. Two hours of lecture original information in the Earth Sciences. crystals through determination of symme- and three hours of laboratory per week. Conducted independently but with the try of crystal faces. Emphasis is on the identification of minerals by physical general guidance of appropriate faculty. EAR 476 Hydrogeology (3) S-EOY. properties and qualitative chemical analysis. CR/NC grading. Repeatable course. Prerequisites: CHE 110, EAR 100 and EAR 101 Two hours of lecture and six hours of EAR 499 Senior Thesis (2) FS. laboratory per week. Interrelationships of geologic materials and processes with water. Topics include: Prerequisites: Approval of instructor. EAR 358 Petrology (4) S-EOY. hydrologic cycle, physical characteristics of Geological research and writing of a thesis. Prerequisite: EAR 356. aquifers, groundwater flow, wells, geology of Generally includes library, field and flow systems, groundwater chemistry, and laboratory investigations. Topic of research Origin, occurrence and classification of criteria for development and management to be approved and directed by an igneous and metamorphic rocks. Phase of water resources. Two hours of lecture and instructor. CR/NC grading. equilibria, binary and ternary diagrams, three hours of laboratory per week. significance of outcrop features. Develop- ment of skills in describing and interpreting Infrequently Offered Courses EAR 490 Senior Seminar in Earth hand specimens. Field trips. Two hours of Sciences (1) S. The following courses are scheduled on lecture and six hours of laboratory per Prerequisite: Senior standing in Earth Sciences or a "demand" basis. Students should consult week. consent of instructor. the department office for information about EAR 366 Stratigraphy (4) S-EOY. Study and discussion of current research in the next schedule offering. Prerequisites: EAR 200 and EAR 201 are Earth Sciences. Seminar topics of concen- EAR 478 Engineering Geology required; EAR 356 and EAR 358 are recom- tration include: Geological Dating Tech- (3) S-EOY. mended. niques, Evolution and the Fossil Record, Prerequisite: EAR 386. Interpretation of sedimentary environments and Geology of the Pleistocene and Man. Techniques of oral presentation, library Evaluation and abatement of geologic through the study of bedding, grain size, hazards affecting construction projects and fossils and sedimentary structures. Includes research and preparation of audiovisual materials. One hour of seminar per week. land use. Landslides, groundwater pollu- correlation and stratigraphic columns. tion, subsidence, flooding, and earthquake Hand specimen and field analysis of EAR 494 Independent Study effects. Mechanical properties of rocks and sedimentary rocks. Has applications to (1-3) FS. soils. Case histories and site investigations. geography, anthropology, biology, and Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Application to business, law, construction oceanography. Two hours of lecture and six engineering and environmental studies. hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory, library or field exercises to Two hours of lecture and three hours of develop knowledge and skills in areas of EAR 370 Oceanography (3) F-EOY. laboratory per week. special interest to the student. May include Prerequisite: EAR 100 is recommended. guided field trips when offered. CR/NC grading. Repeatable course. Physical and chemical characteristics of seawater. Distribution of temperatures and salinity. Study of currents, tides, waves and the influence of the sea on weather and on life. Of interest to students as a general elective.
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