Polytechnic Is Exploring Your Surroundings

When you’re a geology student, all of Southern California can be your classroom. 

For his GSC 333 course, Professor Jonathan Nourse discusses geologic structures, shows photos of stress states, and teaches plotting and diagraming techniques. 

For the lab portion of the class, Nourse doesn’t offer a manual. The most important tools for students — besides a calculator, ruler and pencils — are their senses.

During one trip to the San Gabriel Canyon, students could see and touch the rock formations, measure the angles of the rock lines, sketch and interpret the geometric relationships.