2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Mar 20, 2023  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Natural Sciences with Lab; General Transfer Elective
Formerly GEOL 101 - CCN

Course Description
A study of minerals, rocks, and dynamic processes that shape the Earth’s surface over time, such as tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, landslides, streams, and coasts. Appropriate for non-science and science majors. Field trip required. Lab included.

Student Outcomes
1. Apply the scientific method to interpret geologic processes through time.
2. Apply geologic principles and critical thinking skills to solve geologic problems such as sustainable development of resources.
3. Describe physical characteristics of minerals and rocks and identify them in order to evaluate conditions under which earth materials form.
4. Interpret maps and images in order to assess geologic processes and hazards.
5. Select and utilize appropriate tools and sources in order to access and synthesize geologic and environmental information and communicate it effectively.

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