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ERTH 101: Introductory Astronomy

Skills Advisory: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.

Non-mathematical presentation of knowledge of the universe. Includes birth and death of stars, formation of the solar system, black holes, quasars, the fourth dimension, and the fate of the universe. Also considered are common phenomena such as eclipses, the motion of the planets and their moons, comets, and meteors.

ERTH 101H: Introductory Astronomy, Honors

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.
Course Advisory: ERTH 102.

Limitation on Enrollment: Admission to Program. Introduces students to the universe throughout its history. It emphasizes astronomical knowledge from Earth, as a planet in the solar system, to quasars at the edge of the known universe. The motions of objects within the galaxy are also examined.

ERTH 102: Observational Astronomy Laboratory

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.
Corequisites: ERTH 101 or 101H.

Emphasizes night-time observation of the stars, galaxies and constellations with real-time observations. Simulation programs are used to graphically examine astronomical phenomena. Celestial navigation, motions of the earth and moon, and study of the celestial sphere emphasized.

ERTH 103A: Adv Observational Astronomy Lab - FALL

Prerequisites: ERTH 102.

Follow-up course to ERTH-102. Use of planetarium and observatory to illustrate constellations, celestial motions, and to observe stars, planets, and deep sky objects. Emphasis for continuing students is on stars & constellations of the FALL sky, use of larger and more advanced telescopes, and in-depth observations of deep sky objects of the FALL sky.

ERTH 103B: Adv Observational Astronomy Lab - SPRING

Prerequisites: ERTH 102.

Follow-up course to ERTH-102. Use of planetarium and observatory to illustrate constellations, celestial motions, and to observe stars, planets, and deep sky objects. Emphasis for continuing students is on stars & constellations of the SPRING sky, use of larger and more advanced telescopes, and in-depth observations of deep sky objects of the SPRING sky.

ERTH 103C: Adv Observational Astronomy Lab - SUMMER

Prerequisites: ERTH 102.

Follow-up course to ERTH-102. Use of planetarium and observatory to illustrate constellations, celestial motions, and to observe stars, planets, and deep sky objects. Emphasis for continuing students is on stars & constellations of the SUMMER sky, use of larger and more advanced telescopes, and in-depth observations of deep sky objects of the SUMMER sky.

ERTH 104: Introductory Astrophysics

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103. Proficiency in MATH 104 or 107 or 111.

Introductory astronomy course that integrates mathematics of physics in the study of objects in the universe.

ERTH 105A: Planetary Geology of Recent NASA Missions

Skills Advisories Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.

Designed for students wanting to go beyond the regular introductory astronomy courses. Lectures, discussions, guest speakers, activities and field trips help students explore specific topics in physics and astronomy. This semester's topic is on recent discoveries from planetary space flight missions to Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Saturn's moon titan and comets.

ERTH 106: Black Holes and the Universe

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.
Course Advisories: ERTH 101 or 101H.

Basic introduction to relativity, cosmology, quantum mechanics, string theory, black holes, time travel, higher dimensions and other abstract theories of the universe. Provides students with a broad-based overview of these physics theories and allows them to explore various current topics in astronomy.

ERTH 111: Dynamic Earth - Physical Geology

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.
Course Advisories: ERTH 111L and 131 or 132.

Introduction to the physical development of the earth. Emphasis on earth materials (rocks and minerals), hydrologic processes, tectonic process (plate tectonics, earthquakes, mountain building and volcanism), and structures (folds, faults). Current theories on structure and evolution of the earth are discussed. Designed for both non-science majors and earth science majors. Required of all Geology majors.

ERTH 111H: Dynamic Earth - Physical Geology, Honors

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.
Course Advisories: ERTH 111L or ERTH 131.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the Honors Program. Introduction to the physical development of the earth. Emphasis on earth materials (rocks and minerals), hydrologic processes (weathering, streams, glaciers, beaches and ground water), tectonic processes (plate tectonics, earthquakes, mountain building and volcanism), and structures (folds, faults). Current theories on structure and evolution of the earth are discussed.

ERTH 111L: Dynamic Earth - Physical Geology Laboratory

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.
Corequisites: ERTH 111 (prior to or concurrently) or ERTH 111H (concurrently).

Laboratory approach to earth materials and processes, including rock and mineral identification and interpretation, plate tectonic rock cycle, topographic map and aerial photo interpretation, structural geology (folds and faults), geologic cross sections and geologic maps. Activities include four field trips to local areas of geologic interest. Required of all Geology majors.

ERTH 112: History Of The Earth

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Course Advisories: concurrent enrollment in ERTH 112L and ERTH 131 or ERTH 132.

Introduction to the geologic history of the earth, using plate tectonic concepts, stratigraphy, geologic dating, fossils and evolution. Emphasis on the origin and evolution of continents, oceans, the atmosphere and life on earth. Designed to accommodate both non-science and science majors. Required of Geology majors.

ERTH 112L: Historical Geology Laboratory

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Corequisites: ERTH 112.

Laboratory approach to understanding the scientific method as it applies to deciphering earth history. Topics include sedimentary rock identification and interpretation, stratigraphy, paleogeographic maps and fossil identification. Activities include field trips to local areas of geologic interest. Required of Geology majors.

ERTH 113: Geology of National Parks

Skills Advisory: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Study of geologic processes and phenomena responsible for shaping the modern landscape, as exemplified within selected National Parks and Monuments. Plate tectonic setting and history emphasized. Designed to accommodate both science and non-science majors.

ERTH 114: The Geology Of California

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Landscapes of California interpreted by introductory plate tectonics. Volcanism, earthquakes, and other processes are studied in relation to features of the geomorphic provinces of the state. Provinces include the Sierra Nevada, Coast Ranges, Transverse Ranges, Cascades, Klamath Mountains, Modoc Plateau, Central Valley, Mojave, and the Basin and Range. Appropriate for science and non-science majors.

ERTH 115: Environmental Geology

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.
Course Advisories: Concurrent enrollment in ERTH 115/ENVS 115L and ERTH 131 or ERTH 132.

Introduction to the problems of volcanism, earthquakes, fire, floods, landslides, and other geologic hazards; air and water pollution, hazardous materials and land use planning. Applications to the Santa Barbara area emphasized. Required of Environmental Studies majors.

ERTH 115L: Environmental Geology Laboratory

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.
Corequisites: ERTH 115/ENVS 115.

Laboratory approach to topics covered in ENVS 115, with emphasis on rock and mineral identification, hazard assessment, geologic resource management, and land use planning. In-lab field trips.

ERTH 116: Energy And Natural Resources

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 4 or MATH 41.

Study of formation, exploration, development, and judicious use of natural resources in relation to present and future energy requirements, electricity, conservation, fossil fuels, solar, geothermal, nuclear and hydrogen. Required of Environmental Studies majors.

ERTH 121: Geology Seminar

Corequisites: ERTH 111 or 112 or 111H or 115 or ENVS 115 or ERTH 113 or 114.

Available to students enrolled in Earth Science courses. Attendance is required at the short course each week and select number of department-sponsored seminars, weekend field trips and lectures sponsored by professional associations and institutions. Required of Geology majors.

ERTH 122: Dinosaurs

Introduction to the science of dinosaurs, stressing their evolution, ecology, bone structures and extinction. Emphasizes dinosaurian diversity, rise of dinosaurs, and their extinction in a Mesozoic world. Provides for a better perspective on the patterns and trends of all life, living and extinct. Scientific videos and fossil material used in the course.

ERTH 125: Mineralogy And Resources

Skills Advisories: MATH 4 and ENG 103.
Course Advisories: ERTH 111 or ERTH 112 and CHEM 101.

Introduction to the identification and basic concepts of mineralogy, emphasizing crystallography, crystal chemistry, mineral chemistry, paragenesis of economic minerals, and plate tectonics of mineral resources. A portion of the course is devoted to optical mineralogy. Hand identification of minerals stressed.

ERTH 126: Petrology And Rock-Forming Minerals

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 4 or MATH 41.
Course Advisories: ERTH 111 or ERTH 112 and CHEM 101.

Designed to familiarize students with the basic fundamentals and classification of rock-forming mineralogy, textures, origins and occurrences of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Use of the polarizer, X-ray and field identification procedures stressed.

ERTH 130V: Geologic Field Studies - Hawaii Volcanology

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Corequisite: ERTH 111 or 111H or 112 or 113 or 114 or 115 or ENVS 115 or ERTH 125 or 126 or 131 or 132 or 133 or 141 or GEOG 101 or ERTH 151.

A twelve-day field-studies course with an emphasis on the structural, plutonic and volcanic features of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii. Kilauea’s long-documented eruptive history and easy accessibility make it a training ground for USGS volcanologists. Focuses on the history and features of the volcano and its interactions with the people that live on it.

ERTH 131: Geologic Field Studies - Eastern Sierra Nevada

Corequisites: ERTH 111 or 111H or 112 or 113 or 114 or 115 or ENVS 115 or ERTH 122 or 125 or 126 or 132 or 141 or GEOG 101 or 106 or ERTH 151.

Five-day field course to study and interpret the geologic features and history of the Eastern Sierra Nevada region. Topics include faults, volcanoes, glaciers, mining and tectonic history of the region. Fee required.

ERTH 132: Geologic Field Studies - Death Valley

Corequisites: ERTH 111 or ERTH 111H or ERTH 112 or ERTH 113 or ERTH 114 or ERTH 115 or ENVS 115 or ERTH 122 or ERTH 125 or ERTH 126 or ERTH 131 or ERTH 141 or GEOG 101 or 106 or ERTH 151.

Five-day field course to study and interpret the geologic features and history of the Death Valley region. Topics include the volcanic, tectonic and hydrologic history of the region. Fee required; see department for information.

ERTH 133: Introductory Geologic Field Seminar - Colorado Plateau

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Corequisites: ERTH 111 or ERTH 112 or ERTH 113 or ERTH 114 or ERTH 115 or ENVS 115 or ERTH 125 or ERTH 126 or ERTH 131 or ERTH 132 or ERTH 141 or GEOG 101 or ERTH 151.

Fifteen-day intensive field study of the geology of the Colorado Plateau region. Emphasis on the geologic processes and features of the parks of the Southwest, including the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion National Parks. Designed for students with previous geologic background. Fee required-see department for information.

ERTH 134: Geologic Field Studies - Western Sierra Nevada

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Fee required; contact department for information. Eight-day field course to study and interpret the geologic features and history of the western Sierra Nevada region. Topics include plutonism, landform evolution, glaciation, tectonic and geologic history, and uplift processes of the modern Sierra Nevada.

ERTH 135: Geologic Field Seminar - Western North America

Prerequisite: ERTH 111 or ERTH 112 or ERTH 113 or ERTH 114 or ERTH 115 or ERTH 125 or ERTH 126 or ERTH 131 or ERTH 132 or ERTH 133.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Fee required - see department for information. A 23-day field study of the geology of the Western United States and Western Canada. Emphasis on the features, processes and geologic history of the regions’ parks: Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier/Waterton, Banff, Jasper, Crater Lake and Lassen National Parks. For students with previous geologic background.

ERTH 137: Introductory Field Geology

Prerequisites: ERTH 111 or ERTH112 or ERTH 125 or ERTH 126 or ERTH 131 or ERTH 132 or ERTH 133.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 4 or MATH 41.
Course Advisories: ERTH 111L or ERTH 112L.

Provides intensive field experience in application of field geology equipment, methods, techniques and maintenance procedures. “Hands-on” approach includes use of Brunton compass and tape, aerial photos, plane table and alidade, and geographical mapping.

ERTH 138: Geology Field Camp

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 4 or MATH 41.
Corequisites: ERTH 137.

Summer Session that consists of 14 consecutive days at a geologic field camp, followed by five eight-hour days in an on-campus laboratory. Provides for rigorous work experience in field geology for Earth Science majors. Includes field mapping of a “badlands” area, using aerial photographs, topographic maps, geological surveying equipment and earth materials.

ERTH 141: Physical Geography

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.

A spatial study of Earth's dynamic physical systems and processes. Interrelationships between the basic elements of the physical and human environments are examined, including geology (plate tectonics; volcanoes and earthquakes), geomorphology (formation and modification of landforms; river, coastal, and glacial processes), meteorology (Earth's atmosphere; weather and climate), and hydrology (water on Earth).

ERTH 141L: Physical Geography Laboratory

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.
Corequisites: ERTH 141/GEOG 101.

Laboratory approach to a combination of earth science disciplines, including cartography, geology, geomorphology, meteorology and oceanography. Remote sensing techniques are utilized in 75% of laboratory activities.

ERTH 142: Economic Geography

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.

Designed for students majoring in Geography. Addresses regional patterns of principal economic activities of the world, with an emphasis on economic development and the problems of urbanization, transportation and the environment.

ERTH 151: Introductory Physical Oceanography

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.

Designed for students desiring a broadly-based analysis of the physical aspects of the oceans. Study of the origin of the continents and oceans, marine geology, chemistry of seawater, currents, waves, tides and the ocean environment. Required of Marine Science majors.

ERTH 151L: Introductory Physical Oceanography Laboratory

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 1 or MATH 41.
Corequisites: ERTH 151.

Lab exercises in marine geology, sedimentation, navigation, currents, waves, chemical and physical properties of seawater, and plate tectonics. Field trips to beach and mountains to study first-hand oceanographic processes and products. Required of Marine Science majors.

ERTH 152: Weather and Climate

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 95.

Fundamentals of meteorology, including the nature of the atmosphere, solar radiation and energy balances, circulation of the atmosphere, air masses and fronts, atmospheric moisture, clouds and fog, precipitation, cyclones, weather analysis and forecasting, climate, and climate change.

ERTH 152L: Weather and Climate Laboratory

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 95.
Corequisites: ERTH 152 or GEOG 152.

Laboratory approach to topics covered in the Weather and Climate lecture (ERTH 152/GEOG 152). Exercises introduce fundamentals of meteorology, including the nature of the atmosphere, circulation of the atmosphere, air temperature and humidity, and weather analysis and forecasting. Students collect and analyze a variety of environmental data.

ERTH 171: Introduction To Geographic Information Systems And Maps

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 4 or MATH 41.
Corequisites: ERTH 172 or GEOG 172.

Techniques, tools and theories used to examine geographic information. Includes the structure, uses, and basic operations of a Geographic Information System (GIS). Cartography and cartographic design are incorporated, as well as overviews of aerial photography, remote sensing, and global positioning systems. Includes uses of GIS software in business, urban planning, resource management and scientific research.

ERTH 172: Geographic Information Systems: Software Applications

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 4 or MATH 41.
Corequisites: GEOG 171 or ERTH 171.

Extensive practice with a GIS package, accompanied by exploration of the range of applications in which GIS is used (resource management, public works, business, planning, scientific research). Covers key skills for operating GIS software packages, including geographical data acquisition, creation, management, analysis and output.

ERTH 175: Raster GIS Applications

Prerequisites: ERTH 172 or GEOG 172.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 and proficiency in MATH 4 or MATH 41.

Hands-on introduction to basic raster concepts, using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension within the ArcGIS environment. The underlying methodology required to solve real-world problems is explored through a series of extensive course projects. Key skills in data acquisition, surface creation techniques, map algebra, database design and result reporting are covered.

ERTH 231A: Field Study - Mineralogy and Mineral Resources of the Eastern Sierra Nevada

Corequisites: ERTH 111 or ERTH 111H or ERTH 112 or ERTH 113 or ERTH 114 or ERTH 115 or ENVS 115 or ERTH 122 or ERTH 125 or ERTH 126 or ERTH 131 or ERTH 132 or ERTH 133 or ERTH 141 or GEOG 101 or ERTH 151 or ERTH 231B.

Fee required – see department for information. Five-day field course to study and interpret the mineralogy and resources of the Eastern Sierra Nevada region. Topics include metallic and industrial mineral resources, energy resources, and mining of the region.

ERTH 231B: Field Study - Energy Resources of the Eastern Sierra Nevada

Corequisites: ERTH 111 or ERTH 111H or ERTH 112 or ERTH 113 or ERTH 114 or ERTH 115 or ENVS 115 or ERTH 116 or ENVS 116 or ERTH 122 or ERTH 125 or ERTH 126 or ERTH 131 or ERTH 132 or ERTH 133 or ERTH 141 or GEOG 101 or ERTH 151 or ERTH 231A.

Fee required – see department for information. Five-day field course to study and interpret the energy resources of the Eastern Sierra Nevada region. Topics include wind, solar-thermal electric, solar photovoltaic, micro hydropower, hydropower, and geothermal energy resources of the region.

ERTH 232A: Field Study - Petrology of the Death Valley Region

Prerequisites: ERTH 112 or ERTH 113 or ERTH 114 or ERTH 115 or ENVS 115.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.
Corequisites: ERTH 111 or ERTH 111H or ERTH 122 or ERTH 125 or ERTH 126 or ERTH 131 or ERTH 132 or ERTH 133 or ERTH 141 or GEOG 101 or ERTH 151.

Five-day field course to study and interpret the petrology of the Death Valley region. Topics include field recognition and interpretation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, and mining of the region. Fee required – see department for information.

ERTH 232B: Field Study - Mineral Resources and Plate Tectonic History of the Death Valley Region

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.
Corequisites: ERTH 111 or ERTH 111H or ERTH 112 or ERTH 113 or ERTH 114 or

ERTH 115 or ENVS 115 or ERTH 122 or ERTH 125 or ERTH 126 or ERTH 131 or ERTH 132 or ERTH 133 or ERTH 141 or GEOG 101 or ERTH 151. Five-day field course to study and interpret the mineral resources and tectonic history of the Death Valley region. Topics include field recognition and interpretation of rocks, mineral deposits, and structures of the region. Fee required – see department for information.

ERTH 233: Advanced Geologic Field Seminar - Colorado Plateau

Prerequisite: ERTH 133.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

15-day intensive field study of the geology of the Colorado Plateau region. Emphasis on the stratigraphy, tectonic evolution and geologic history of the parks of the Southwest, including the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion National Parks. Designed for second-year geology students. Fee required - see department for information.

ERTH 299: Independent Study In Earth Science

Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of a minimum of 12 units at SBCC, with a 2.5 G.P.A., and a minimum of six units, with a 3.0 G.P.A. within the department. For complete information, see "Independent Study" in the Catalog Index.

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