Geology Courses

Register for classes using WebAdvisor. Review the searchable online Class Schedule for class dates and times. Course descriptions are available in the Catalog. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and discuss their long-range academic plan.

A sampling of courses for this discipline includes (not a complete list):

  • GEOL-101 Introduction to Geology
  • GEOL-102 Introduction to Oceanography
  • GEOL-102L Oceanography Laboratory
  • GEOL-103 Paleontology and Dinosaurs
  • GEOL-103L Earth History and Paleontology Laboratory
  • GEOL-104 The Changing Earth: Historical Geology
  • GEOL-104L Historical Geology Laboratory

Textbooks, Online Access Codes, Other Supplies and Resources

Most Ohlone College classes require the purchase of a textbook, and some classes require the purchase of online access codes (also known as keys) or other supplies. Most of these purchases are available at the Ohlone College Bookstore.

Students may also be required to pay additional fees for access to online resources that are not available through the Ohlone College Bookstore. Please check with the instructor.

More at Textbooks: Information and Purchasing, including Online Orders, Newark Center Textbooks and Supplies, Book Buybacks, and Textbook Costs.

Student Learning Outcomes

Geology AS Transfer Degree

  1. Demonstrate scientific literacy by defining and explaining the major steps in the scientific method such as empirical data, testable hypothesis, and theory, applying general math skills such as metric unit conversion, solving rate problems, and producing and interpreting data in tables and graphs.
  2. Identify and classify the earth materials, such as most common minerals, rocks, and major groups of fossils in the lab and the field and their basic relationship to common natural resources.
  3. List, explain, and evaluate global and local geological hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and seismic sea waves in terms of appropriate geological processes and the theory of plate tectonics.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the geologic time scale and relative and numerical methods of measuring geologic time, age of the Earth, and major events in its history.

Geology AS Degree

  1. Demonstrate scientific literacy by defining and explaining the major steps in the scientific method of investigation, specifically the difference between empirical data, interpretation, testable hypothesis, theory, paradigm, speculation, and pseudo-science.
  2. Apply general math skills such as unit conversion, ratios, and percentages to solving simple rate problems; evaluate data, produce, and interpret tables and graphs; apply the metric system of measurement.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the geologic time scale and methods of measuring geologic time.
  4. Identify and classify the common earth materials, such as most common minerals, rocks, and fossils in the lab and in the field and their basic relationship to common natural resources.
  5. List, explain, and evaluate global and local (county-wide) geological hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and seismic sea waves in terms of appropriate geological processes and the theory of plate tectonics.