Course Description

Geology of National Parks, GEL 025V

Appreciation of the geologic framework underlying the inherent beauty of U.S. National Parks. Relationship of individual parks to geologic processes such as mountain building, volcanism, stream erosion, glacial action and landscape evolution.

Key Information

Credit: 3 quarter units / 2 semester units credit
UC Davis, Geology

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
General Education: SciEng | SE.—S. (S.)

UC Irvine:
Unit Credit

UC Los Angeles:
General Education: Physicical Sciences (non-lab)

UC Merced:
General Education: SSHA Natural Science GE without lab, if combined (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective Units

UC San Diego:
Unit Credit

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
General Education: Possible Area C after petition

UC Santa Cruz:
General Education: SI
Course Equivalence: EART 3

Prerequisites

None

Course Fees

Proctor U charges for taking the midterm and final exams.

Course Creators

Susan Schwartz

Susan Schwartz is a Professor in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UC Santa Cruz. She teaches 2 different classes designed for non-science majors, Geology of National Parks and Earthquakes. In addition, she teaches a class for undergraduate Earth Science majors called “Geologic Hazards” and a variety of graduate classes in her specialty of seismology and geophysics. Her research addresses problems in earthquake and glacier mechanics. Much of her research is accomplished through the design and implementation of field experiments. This work has taken her to many interesting places including Costa Rica, New Zealand, Alaska and Antarctica. 

Susan Schwartz is a Professor in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UC Santa Cruz. She teaches 2 different classes designed for non-science majors, Geology of National Parks and Earthquakes. In addition, she teaches a class for undergraduate Earth Science majors called “Geologic Hazards” and a variety of graduate classes in her specialty of seismology and geophysics. Her research ...

Susan Schwartz is a Professor in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UC Santa Cruz. She teaches 2 different classes designed for non-science majors, Geology of National Parks and Earthquakes. In addition, she teaches a class for undergraduate Earth Science majors called “Geologic Hazards” and a variety of graduate classes in her specialty of seismology and geophysics. Her research addresses problems in earthquake and glacier mechanics. Much of her research is accomplished through the design and implementation of field experiments. This work has taken her to many interesting places including Costa Rica, New Zealand, Alaska and Antarctica. 


David Osleger
David Osleger is a tenured lecturer in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at UC Davis. His research interests include the record of sea-level change, energy resources, the geology of lakes (such as Tahoe), and ancient climate history.  He teaches courses on the geology of national parks, California geology, earthquakes, environmental geology, the solar system, and ‘big history.’ David Osleger is a tenured lecturer in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at UC Davis. His research interests include the record of sea-level change, energy resources, the geology of lakes (such as Tahoe), and ancient climate history.  He teaches courses on the geology of national parks, California geology, earthquakes, environmental geology, the solar system, and ‘big history.’
Jeffrey Gee

Jeff Gee is a professor of geophysics in the Geosciences Research Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. His research focuses on the use of magnetic data, both remotely sensed magnetic anomaly data and the magnetization of rock samples, to understand a variety of geological problems ranging from the formation of new crust at mid-ocean ridges to documenting past variations in the geomagnetic field.  He has taught a course on the geology of national parks for more than a decade.

Jeff Gee is a professor of geophysics in the Geosciences Research Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. His research focuses on the use of magnetic data, both remotely sensed magnetic anomaly data and the magnetization of rock samples, to understand a variety of geological problems ranging from the formation of new crust at mid-ocean ridges to documenting past ...

Jeff Gee is a professor of geophysics in the Geosciences Research Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. His research focuses on the use of magnetic data, both remotely sensed magnetic anomaly data and the magnetization of rock samples, to understand a variety of geological problems ranging from the formation of new crust at mid-ocean ridges to documenting past variations in the geomagnetic field.  He has taught a course on the geology of national parks for more than a decade.


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