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The following course information is effective for the Spring 2018 term.

ESC 120 Earth Science

This course is designed for students of non-science or science major who are interested in physical features related to our dynamic earth. Topics of the course include some fundamental concepts and features in geology, meteorology and astronomy, such as earthquakes, volcanic activities weathering process, surface water, atmosphere components, weather, the universe, the solar system, etc. Course materials are organized to enable students to understand how different components of our dynamic earth are related to one another. Most topics are assisted with hands-on lab exercises.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness AND Basic Algebra Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    ESC
  • Units:
    4.00

ESC 121 Physical Geology

For those who wish to explore an interest in geology, major in geology, or satisfy lab science requirements. Topics include igneous rocks and volcanism, sedimentary rocks and stratigraphy, metamorphic rocks and metamorphism, weathering, mass wasting, streams, deserts and glaciers. Lab studies concentrate on minerals, rocks and topographic maps.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness AND Basic Algebra Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    ESC
  • Units:
    4.00

ESC 123 Introduction to Meteorology

For the non-science major or those who wish to gain a comprehensive overview of the science of meteorology without a laboratory component. The primary goal of this course is to help students become better educated consumers of the massive amount of weather information now available to them. Topics will include high and low pressure systems, fronts, clouds, the jet stream, winter precipitation, thunderstorms and severe weather, hurricanes, air-ocean interactions (El Nino and La Nina), weather analysis, an introduction to weather forecasting, and human impacts on weather and climate. The student should be comfortable with interpreting maps, charts, and diagrams. Note: students may not receive credit toward a degree for both ESC 123 and ESC 127.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness OR concurrent enrollment in ENG 109 or ELI 109 or ELI 110 or ENG 100 -AND- Basic Algebra Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: No

  • Subject:
    ESC
  • Units:
    3.00

ESC 124 Oceanography

For the non-science major or those who wish to gain a comprehensive overview of the science of oceanography. Topics include a history of oceanographic investigations; topography, structure, and evolution of the ocean basin; chemical and physical properties of ocean water and water masses; waves; tides; oceanic circulation; shoreline processes; estuaries; marine sediments; hurricanes; resources; fisheries; and ecology.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness AND Basic Algebra Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    ESC
  • Units:
    3.00

ESC 125 Geology of the National Parks

This introductory course is designed for students and community members who are interested in learning basic geologic features of national parks. No previous Geology or Earth Science knowledge is necessary. Topics include basic geologic principles and concepts, such as the Earth’s materials (minerals and rocks), plate tectonics and various dynamic features related to the plate interactions, and a brief history of the Earth. Various unique geologic features in national parks are introduced and discussed.
Note: This course is for students who are pursuing either non-science or science degrees and should help students prepare for a field travel/study course (ESC226, Field Geology, 3 credits) to various national parks offered in summers.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness OR concurrent enrollment in ENG 109 or ELI 109 or ELI 110 or ENG 100

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    ESC
  • Units:
    3.00

ESC 127 Introduction to Meteorology with Lab

This course is intended for the non-science major or those who wish to gain a comprehensive overview of the science of meteorology with a laboratory component. The primary goal of this course is to help students become better educated consumers of the massive amount of weather information now available to them. Topics will include high and low pressure systems, fronts, clouds, the jet stream, winter precipitation, thunderstorms and severe weather, hurricanes, air-ocean interactions (El Nino and La Nina), weather analysis, an introduction to weather forecasting, and human impacts on weather and climate. The student should be comfortable with interpreting maps, charts, and diagrams.
Note: students may not receive credit toward a degree for both ESC 123 and ESC 127.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness OR concurrent enrollment in ENG 109 or ELI 109 or ELI 110 or ENG 100 -AND- Basic Algebra Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    ESC
  • Units:
    4.00

ESC 129 Severe and Hazardous Weather

This course is designed for students who wish to gain a better understanding of the causes and impacts of various types of extreme weather. Meteorological concepts and processes that cause severe and hazardous weather will be presented in a non-technical manner during the first part of the course. Subsequently, specific types of severe and hazardous weather will be examined as well as an investigation of their historical, economic, and human consequences. Severe weather topics may include lightning, hail, tornadoes, floods, drought, cold and heat waves, blizzards, ice storms, wind storms, hurricanes, and El Nino/La Nina. Students should be comfortable interpreting maps, charts, and diagrams.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness OR concurrent enrollment in ENG 109 or ELI 109 or ELI 110 or ENG 100 AND Basic Algebra Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    ESC
  • Units:
    3.00

ESC 140 Introduction to Astronomy with Lab

This course is for the non-science major or those who wish to gain a comprehensive overview of the science of astronomy with a lab component. This descriptive treatment of astronomy will include topics such as the history of astronomy, the solar system, stellar evolution, the Milky Way, and beyond. Students may not receive credit toward a degree for both ESC 140 and ESC 141.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness AND Basic Algebra Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    ESC
  • Units:
    4.00

ESC 141 Introduction to Astronomy

This course is for the non-science major or those who wish to gain a comprehensive overview of the science of astronomy. This descriptive treatment of astronomy will include topics such as the history of astronomy, the solar system, stellar evolution, the Milky Way, and beyond. Students may not receive credit toward a degree for both ESC 140 and ESC 141.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness or concurrent enrollment in ENG 109 or ELI 109 or ELI 110 AND Basic Algebra Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    ESC
  • Units:
    3.00

ESC 224 Environmental Geology

For the non-science major or as a foundation course for those wishing to major in environmental sciences. A critical and objective approach is utilized to evaluate the human interrelationship with geological hazards and problems. Volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides and subsidence, surface and groundwater hydrology, waste disposal, mineral resources, and the energy situation are all included.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness AND Basic Algebra Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    ESC
  • Units:
    3.00


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