2013 - 2014 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Course Descriptions for Earth Science


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GEOL 1401 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Earth Science
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 or (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or (3) have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading standard.
Course Description: This course is for the non-science major. It is an introductory survey of physical geology, historical geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. It relates the interaction of the earth sciences to the physical world. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4006015103


GEOL 1402 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Earth Science II
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: GEOL 1401 or GEOL 1403.
Course Description: This course continues the study of the interaction of the earth sciences and the physical world. Special topics and fieldwork from the disciplines of geology, astronomy, meteorology, oceanography and related sciences may be covered. Selected principles and concepts from these applied sciences are explored. This course may be conducted as a field course. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4006015103


GEOL 1403 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Physical Geology
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 or (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or (3) have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading standard.
Course Description: This course is for science and non-science majors. It is an integrated study of earth materials and processes and interactions between solid earth, oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere. Included is an introduction to plate tectonic theory, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrology, geomorphology, and the earth's setting in space. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4006015403


GEOL 1404 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Historical Geology
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: This course is for non-science and science majors. It is a study of earth materials and processes within a developmental time perspective. Topics include: fossil taxonomy and preservation, stratigraphy, geologic time scale, relative and absolute age dating, geologic maps, plate tectonics, astronomy, events during each major interval of the geologic time scale, glaciation, evolution and energy. The geologic history of North America is emphasized. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4006015403


GEOL 1405 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC

Environmental Geology
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 or (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or (3) have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading standard.
Course Description: This course covers the earth as a habitat with special attention to the interrelationships between humans and the physical environment. Topics covered include: geologic factors in land use planning, hydrology, geologic hazards, waste disposal and pollution, conservation of earth''s natural resources, climate, energy and geologic resource development, population dynamics, and related current issues in environmental geosciences. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0301035301


GEOL 1445 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, MVC, RLC

Oceanography
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: This is an introductory study of the geological, chemical, physical and biological characteristics and processes of earth''s oceans. Topics include the formation of ocean basins and geologic materials, composition of seawater, currents, waves and tides, oceanic interaction with the atmosphere, marine pollution, marine resources, and life in the ocean. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4006015103


GEOL 1447 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC, MVC

Meteorology
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 or (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or (3) have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading standard.
Course Description: This course will survey weather phenomena, climate, and the processes that control them. Topics covered include composition and structure of the atmosphere, interaction of the ocean and atmosphere, climate, hazards of severe weather, and methods of forecasting weather. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4006015103


GEOL 2310 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC

Elementary Geophysics
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Essentials of geophysics: formation of Solar System and Earth, gravity, seismology, heat flow, geomagnetism, isostasy, plate tectonics. Coursework involves application of basic physics to understanding Earth structure. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4006015203

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GEOL 2407 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Geologic Field Methods
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: GEOL 1403 and 1404.
Course Description: This course covers basic geologic and topographic mapping, observation of geologic structures, and examination of petrologic systems in an actual field setting. Students will spend a major portion of the course collecting data for and constructing topographic and geologic maps and geologic cross sections and columns. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4006015503


GEOL 2409 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Mineralogy and Petrology I
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: GEOL 1403 and 1404.
Course Description: This course introduces crystallography, geochemistry, descriptive mineralogy, petrology, and phase equilibria. Crystal models and hand specimens are studied as an aid to rock and mineral identification. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4006015203


GEOL 2411 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Mineralogy & Petrology II
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Mineralogy & Petrology I.
Course Description: Study of mineral crystallography, chemistry, classification, identification, and occurrence. Includes the genesis, classification, and identification of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4006015203



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.


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