Undergraduate Course Listing

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

This is a listing of the courses offered at the undergraduate level by the SJSU geology department. The included links take you to the official course catalog description on the SJSU website.

General Education classes are typically offered each semester.  Major classes are typically offered annually or biennially. Click here for a schedule of upcoming classes by semester.




  • GEOL 001: General Geology
       
    4 Units
    *Satisfies Area B1 and B3 of Core GE*
        Examination of geologic processes and materials, including volcanoes, earthquakes, rock formation, oceans, streams, and plate tectonics and their importance to society.
        Format: Lecture 3 hours/field trips.
  • GEOL 002: Introduction to Earth Science
        3 Units
        Unified interdisciplinary study of the Earth. Overview of geologic processes, emphasizing the place of humans in space and time and the origin and distribution of resources.
  • GEOL 003: Planet Earth
        3 Units
        *Satisfies Area B1 of Core GE*
        Origins and processes of Earth's interconnected physical and chemical systems, including aspects of astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography. Impacts of these systems on humans, and of humans on the systems.
  • GEOL 004L: Planet Earth Laboratory
     
       1Unit
        *Satisfies Area B3 of Core GE*
        Hands-on investigations, measurements, and analysis of Earth's materials, processes, and hazards. Supplements general lecture courses in Geology.
        Format: Lab 3 hours.
  • GEOL 006: Geology of California
        3 Units
        *Satisfies Area B1 of Core GE*
        California's geology, illustrating physical processes, landscapes, geologic history and resources. California's seismic, volcanic, landslide and flooding hazards, and their impact on society.
        Format: Lecture 3 hours/field trips.
  • GEOL 007: Earth, Time, and Life
        Units 4
        *Satisfies Area B1 and B3 of Core GE*
        Earth's geosphere: processes that act on it and materials that comprise it; how rocks and fossils are used to interpret the history of Earth's geosphere, atmosphere, oceans, and life forms.
        Format: Lecture 3 hours/lab 3 hours.
  • GEOL 028: Geology Outdoors
        1 Units
        Hands-on introduction to geology in a variety of field settings. Develop your observational skills at several of California's spectacular geologic attractions. Includes one-day field trips, a multi-day field trip, and short written reports.
        Prerequisite: Completion of or co-enrollment in GEOL 1 and GEOL 7.
  • GEOL 103: Earth Systems and the Environment -  For pre-college teachers
        3 Units
        *Satisfies Area R of SJSU Studies ("Advanced GE")*
        Fundamental earth/space science concepts. Emphasis on active learning and guided inquiry. Recommended for students preparing for multiple subject credential.
        Prerequisite: PHYS 001 or CHEM 030A, completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required.
        Note: Departmental consent required.
  • GEOL 105: General Oceanography
        3 Units
        *Satisfies Area R of SJSU Studies ("Advanced GE")*
        Scientific examination of the impact of oceans on global society, and human impacts on the oceans, through classroom discussions, computer exercises and field trips.
        Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required.
        Format: Lecture 3 hours/field trips.
  • GEOL 107: Prehistoric Life
        3 Units
       *Satisfies Area R of SJSU Studies ("Advanced GE")*
        Integrated interdisciplinary examination of the fossil record, including information from the fields of paleontology, genetics and cosmology that aids in the understanding of organic evolution and periodic massive extinctions.
        Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required.
  • GEOL 111: Geology and the Environment
     
       3 Units
       *Satisfies Area R of SJSU Studies ("Advanced GE")*
        The effect of Earth processes on humans and their structures. Environmental problems related to earthquakes, landslides, minerals, energy, water and urban growth.
        Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required.
        Format: Lecture 3 hours/field trips.
  • GEOL 112: Hazards and Risks of Earthquakes and Volcanoes
        3 Units
        *Satisfies Area R of SJSU Studies ("Advanced GE")*
        How, where and why earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Analysis of hazards posed by earthquakes and volcanoes. Risks incurred by humankind due to these hazards. Minimizing risk; economic, social and political problems associated with earthquakes.
        Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required.
  • GEOL 120: Fundamentals of Mineralogy
        3 Units
        Laboratory course designed to give students basic skills for identifying minerals and basic understanding of geologic processes that form minerals. Emphasis is on hand specimen and microscope identification.
        Prerequisite: GEOL 001 and GEOL 007.
        Format: Lecture 2 hours / Lab 3 hours
  • GEOL 122: Petrology
        4 Units
        Identification of minerals and rocks in hand sample and under the microscope. Processes of formation, description, and classification of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
        Prerequisite: GEOL 120; completion of or co-enrollment in CHEM 1A.
        Format: Lecture 3 hours/lab 3 hours.
  • GEOL 124: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
        3 Units
        Study of the origin and description of sediment and sedimentary rocks; study of the formation, sequence, and correlation of stratified rocks.
        Prerequisite: GEOL 001 and GEOL 007.
        Format; Lecture 2 hours/lab 3 hours.
  • GEOL 125: Structural Geology
        4 Units
        Recognition, interpretation and representation of structures of the Earth's crust. Analysis of basic principles of rock deformation.
        Prerequisite: MATH 019, GEOL 001, GEOL 007, and GEOL 028.
        Format: Lecture 3 hours/lab and field 3 hours.
  • GEOL 127: Tectonics
        3 Units
        Description of large-scale features of the Earth's crust and upper mantle and the processes which formed them. Emphasis on plate tectonics and its implications for the evolution of North America.
        Prerequisite: GEOL 122, GEOL 124, GEOL 125, and a 100W course.
  • GEOL 129: Field Geology
        2-4 Units
        Geologic field mapping and interpretation of geologic and tectonic history. Students stay at camp sites that vary from year to year.
        Prerequisite: EOL 122, GEOL 124, GEOL 125, and a 100W course.
        Format: Lab 6-12 hours.
  • GEOL 130: Marine Geology
        3 Units
        Introduction to the geology of continental margins and ocean basins. Discussions focus on crustal structures and the effect of plate tectonics and oceanographic processes on modern marine sedimentation.
        Prerequisite: GEOL 001 and GEOL 007.
        Format: Lecture 2 hours/lab 3 hours.
  • GEOL 134: Geomorphology
        4 Units
        Earth's surficial processes and landforms; effects of tectonics, climate and geology; landscape evolution. Landform interpretation using maps; surface water hydrology; applications.
        Prerequisite: GEOL 001 GEOL 007, or instructor consent; 1 year of college calculus and physics recommended.
        Format: Lecture 3 hours/lab 3 hours.
  • GEOL 135: Geochemistry
        4 Units
        Application of geochemical and thermodynamic principles to solution of geologic problems. Topics include: equilibrium-disequilibrium reactions, major and trace element behavior, isotope systematics and modern analytical methods.
        Prerequisite: GEOL 122 and CHEM 1B (or equivalent).
        Format: Lecture 3 hours/lab 3 hours.
  • GEOL 137: Intro to GPS/GIS for Geologic Applications
        4 Units
        Introduction to digital geologic mapping and analysis using Trimble GPS and ArcView GIS.
        Prerequisite: GEOL 001 and GEOL 007, or instructor consent. Computer literacy assumed.
        Format: Lecture 2 hours/lab 3 hours.
  • GEOL 138: Hydrogeology
        4 Units
        Geological principles of the occurrence, accumulation and migration of water; groundwater as a manageable resource; groundwater geochemistry and contaminant transport.
        Prerequisite: GEOL 125, or instructor consent.
        Recommend: MATH 32 and GEOL 135.
        Format: Lecture 3 hours/lab 3 hours.
  • GEOL 140: Principles of Engineering Geology
        4 Units
        Qualitative and quantitative analysis of geologic factors influencing site selection, development and use; methods of data collection, interpretation and presentations.
        Prerequisite: GEOL 125.
        Format: Lecture 3 hours/lab 3 hours.
  • GEOL 142: Paleontology
        3 Units
        Study of the major groups of invertebrate fossils and their use in geological studies; principles of stratigraphy, including seismic stratigraphy.
        Prerequisite: GEOL 001 and GEOL 007.
        Format: Lecture 2 hours/lab and field trips 3 hours.
  • GEOL 147: Introduction to Applied Geophysics
        3 Units
        Introduction to modern geophysical techniques with emphasis and environmental applications. Field techniques and case histories.
        Prerequisite: PHYS 2A and PHYS 2B (or equivalent); and a 100W course.
        Format: Lecture 2 hours/lab 3 hours.
  • GEOL 168A: Global Climate Change I
        6 Units
        *Satisfies Areas R, S, and V of SJSU Studies*
        Scientific and social scientific approaches to the process and effects of global climate change: Climate changes in the Earth's past, interactions between climate and life, anthropogenic climate change, socioeconomic contexts of environmental effects, cultural influences on climate change mitigation strategies.
        Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required.
  • GEOL 168B: Global Climate Change II
      
     3 Units
        *Satisfies Areas R, S, and V of SJSU Studies*
        Scientific and social scientific approaches to the process and effects of global climate change: Climate changes in the Earth's past, interactions between climate and life, anthropogenic climate change, socioeconomic contexts of environmental effects, cultural influences on climate change mitigation strategies.
        Prerequisites: COMM/ENVS/GEOL/HUM/METR 168A, with a grade of "C" or better ("C-" not accepted); Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required.
  • GEOL 174: Hazardous Materials
        3 Units
        Review of current methods and procedures for management of hazardous materials and hazardous wastes; analysis of contaminated systems and remedial actions.
        Prerequisite: PHYS 51, PHYS 52, or PHYS 71 and CHEM 1A, or instructor consent.
  • GEOL 184: Directed Reading
        1-3 Units
        Reading of books, journals and papers chosen to fill gaps in training. Evaluation through weekly reports and conference.