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/or have questions answered.

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 go to the Ohlone College Bookstore website to find the textbook(s), access codes (keys), or supplies for their class(es). Students may be required to pay additional fees for access to online resources that are not available through the Ohlone College Bookstore. Please check with your instructor.

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

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the courses in this discipline, the student will have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Identify and classify the common earth materials, such as most common minerals, rocks, and fossils in the lab and in the field.
  • List, explain, and evaluate global and local (county-wide) geological hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and seismic sea waves.
  • List and categorize common natural resources and explain their origin, spatial distribution, appropriate exploration methods, and the resulting products, wastes, and contaminants.