Student Scores


Contact information

Course logistics

Student success

Success in Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) courses like Geology of California (GEOL 1130) depends on a student's preparation and participation as well as on the format of the course.

Course materials

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course a student is expected to be able to:

Spring 2013 course schedule

Dates Lesson topic(s) Reading Exercise
14-Jan:21-Jan Orientation websites discussion board post
21-Jan:28-Jan California's plate tectonic setting 1 plate boundary exercise
28-Jan:4-Feb Rocks and minerals in California 2 rock and mineral identification
4-Feb:11-Feb Dating and depicting California's geology 3 & 4 Rb-Sr Isochron
11-Feb:18-Feb Volcanism in California 5 volcanic hazard assessment
18-Feb:25-Feb California's deserts 6 groundwater contamination
25-Feb:4-Mar Basin and Range and Mojave provinces 7 topographic map reading
4-Mar:11-Mar Sierra Nevada 8 snowpack monitoring
11-Mar:18-Mar Klamath Mountains 9 writing 1: outline
18-Mar:25-Mar Surface and groundwater in California 10 River Discharge
25-Mar:1-Apr Spring Break—no class --- ---
1-Apr:8-Apr Great Valley 11 landfill siting
8-Apr:15-Apr Coast Ranges 12 landslide hazard assessment
15-Apr:22-Apr Earthquakes and seismic hazards in California 13 Earthquake!
22-Apr:29-Apr San Andreas fault system 14 writing 2: preliminary abstract
29-Apr:6-May California coast 15 shoreline property assessment
6-May:13-May Transverse Ranges and Continental Borderland 16 writing 3: final abstract
13-May:20-May Penninsular Ranges and historical overview 17 & 18 flood insurance rate maps
20-May:23-May final exam all ---


Grades will be based on total scores for:

There will be no alternate or "extra credit" assignments. The final grade will be computed from the total of 400 points, and will be scored as follows: > 90% = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = C; 60-69% = D; and < 60% = F. The instructor reserves the right to adjust these percentages if such an adjustment is warranted by the distribution of scores in the class, but under no circumstances will a student who earns <65% or fails to submit any of the three writing assignments be assigned a "satisfactory" (A, B or C) grade.

A student should expect to spend about 9 hours per week reading, taking notes on the text, and working on their activities and homework assignments. Preparation of the writing assignments will require about an additional 12 hours during the course of the semester.

Attendance, withdrawal, and incomplete policies

Regular participation and punctual submission of assignments are required for satisfactory completion of this course. If a student incurs two unexcused "absences" (fails to submit two assignments on time without notifying the instructor) the instructor has the option of dropping the student from the class. If a student incurs four unexcused "absences" the instructor shall drop the student from the class. A student may withdraw before the end of fourteenth week (26-Apr-2013) and is responsible for notifying the admissions office and completing all necessary forms. Arrangements for an incomplete contract must be made with the instructor and an "I" grade will only be issued in the case of an unforeseen personal or family emergency.

Learning Disabilities

If you have a disability (learning, physical, psychological etc.) that may require classroom or testing accommodations please let the instructor know as soon as possible to ensure these accommodations are implemented in a timely manner. If you have not already done so, please contact Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS) in Eddy Hall, or call 938-5297, for authorization and coordination of disability verification and accommodation assistance.

Make-up policy for missed work

Although our class schedule will be the same throughout the semester (new assignments will be posted on Monday mornings by 9:00 AM and be due by the following Monday at 9:00 AM) I realize that, occasionally, a student will have unforeseen problems or simply "space out" and miss turning in an assignment in on time. The key to avoiding this problem is to complete your assignments well ahead of the Monday due dates. If you do end up missing a deadline, however, do not open the assignment in Etudes; instead, contact me within 24 hours of the original deadline. I will re-open the missed assignment for a short period (typically 48 hours) and suspend the accompanying review for the same period. Each student will be allowed two such "excused" make-ups, after which the late assignment policy given below will apply. Because of the tight schedule for turning in final grades, the final exam may not be made up.

Late assignment policy

Except for the excused make-ups mentioned above, late assignments will not be accepted for full credit. If you find yourself having to turn a third or fourth assignment in late you probably should carefully consider whether you have the time or inclination to give this course the attention it requires. Nevertheless, it is better to submit work late than not at all. So, if you are going to be late with a third or fourth assignment contact me within 24 hours of the original deadline (before 9:00 AM on the Tuesday immediately after the original due date) and I will arrange to extend the submission period for one or two days. Such assignments will be penalized one point for each day (or part of a day) they are late.

Academic integrity

Students are encouraged to collaborate with one another as they work on their weekly reading assignments and exercises by posting questions to the discussion board, sending one another private messages and using the class chat area. I expect that a student will work independently, however, when he or she takes quizzes and the final exam and writes his or her outline and abstracts. If I find evidence that any student is not living up to this code of academic integrity (for example, because he or she submits a writing assignment identical or nearly identical to another student's) I reserve the right to drop that student from the class unless it is after the fourteenth week, in which case he or she will receive an F grade regardless of accumulated points.