Dr. Richard Della Valle
Dr. Della Valle has a B.S. degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Science Queens College in New York, earned in 1970. This was followed by a M.A. degree in Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the City University of New York in 1975, culminating with a doctorate in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1980. He is a member of many professional associations: Geochemical Society; Association of Engineering Geologists; National Water Well Association; Hazardous Materials Control Research Institute; Geological Society of America; National Association of Geology Teachers; American Geophysical Union; and the American Conference of Governmental and Industrial Hygienists.
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Jeffrey P. Schaffer
Jeffrey P. Schaffer went to M.I.T. to continue his passion of yacht design, but they did only supertankers and warships, so he switched majors, and went to U.C. Berkeley obtaining a B.A. in Field Biology (1965), a Secondary Teachers Credential (1967), and an M.A. in Physical Geography (1969). Between 1972 and 1988 he worked for Wilderness Press, writing a dozen mostly Sierran nature-oriented guidebooks, which collectively sold about a half million copies. From 1990 onward he engaged in serious field work on Sierran uplift and glaciations, writing two major books on alpine geomorphology. He has been part-time at NVC since 1994, and at 65 in 2008 he still does serious rock climbing (begun in 1963) and Sierran research. He is a member of Geological Society of America, Northern California Geological Society, Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, and a number of environmental organizations.
Physical Geography (GEOG 110)
A basic geography course emphasizing physical elements of the human environment. The course includes earth-sun relationships, maps, global time, land forms, oceans, soils, natural vegetation, weather, andf climatic regions of the world. CSU and UC transferrable. 3 units.
California Geography (GEOG 114)
An in-depth look at the physical and cultural regions of California. The emphasis is twofold: first on various processes that have created the state's landscapes, climates, and distribution of native plants, and second on how humans have utilized or impacted the state's resources. Also studied are agriculture, water issues, energy, manufacturing, transportation, population, and cultural patterns. CSU and UC transferrable. 3 units.
Selected Topics in Geography (GEOG 298)
Topics in geography not covered by regular catalog offering. Course content and unit credit to be determined in relation to Community-Student and/or available staff. May be offered as a seminar, lecture or lecture/laboratory class. CSU transferrable. 1 to 3 units.
Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 300)
This 16-hour course provides hands-on experience and the functional overview necessary to display, edit, perform queries, perform analyses, construct and plot a map using ArcGIS desktop. Non-transferrable. 1 unit.
Physical Geology (GEOL 110)
Uses of geology in society; the nature of rocks and minerals; the dynamic nature of our planet is explored, including mountain building processes, volcanoes, faulting; plate tectonics; earthquakes; geologic time and surface land forming processes. CSU and UC transferrable. 3 units.
Physical Geology Laboratory (GEOL 111)
This is a laboratory course to supplement Geology 110. The course investigates minerals and rocks and includes the use of topographic maps and profiles as well as three-dimensional aerial photographs in analyzing landforms and geologic structures. The interpretation of geologic maps, cross sections and exercises on geologic processes are all included. Co-requisite: GEOL 110. CSU and UC transferrable. 1 unit.
Earth Science: Earth, Sea, and Sky (EART 110)
A general lab science course for the liberal arts student. Earth resources, earth-sun-moon relationships, weather and climate and oceanography, with application to the San Francisco Bay Region. Lab topics include mineral resource recognition on and use, map reading, 3-D stereoscopy, basic solar measurements for navigation, time and energy exercises, weather observations and measurements, and observation of coastal processes. CSU and UC transferable. 4 Units.
Independent Study in Geology (GEOL 199)
An opportunity to study any area of Geology of special interest to the student. The material may include continuation of knowledge and projects begun in other Geology courses or geological studies not normally included in formal course work. Prerequisite: One college level geology course; submission of a written proposal to be reviewed by two regular science/engineering faculty members. CSU transferrable. 1 to 3 units.
Selected Topics in Geology (GEOL 298)
Topics in geology not covered by regular catalog offerings. Course offerings will be based on community/student interest and need. Course content and unit credit to be determined by selected topic. May be offered in a seminar, lecture or lecture/laboratory format as appropriate. CSU transferable. 1 to 3 units.