Joshua Villalobos

 Associate Professor of Geological Sciences

Joshua Villalobos is a lifelong El Pasoan and attended The University of Texas at El Paso receiving both his B.S. and M.S. in Geological Sciences.

 

His educational and thesis focus was in remote sensing, GIS (Geographical Information System), and geophysics of South Central New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto Basin.  While at UTEP he worked for NASA’s Pan-American Center for Earth and Environmental Studies focusing on utilizing satellite imagery in projects ranging from environmental analysis of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas to the identification of dinosaur fossils sites in Northern Chihuahua, Mexico.

 

In 2000 Joshua began working for the Texas A&M Agricultural Resource Center as GIS specialist/geologist. At Texas A&M his primary research focus was investigation of groundwater and surface water interactions in El Paso’s Upper and Lower Valleys.

 

In 2005 he began teaching full-time at EPCC. Currently he is Principle investigator for the NSF (National Science Foundation) funded EPCC program SOLARIS (Student Opportunities in Learning Advanced Research in the GeoSciences).

 

SOLARIS allows EPCC geology majors to conduct cutting edge research projects in conjunction with UTEP faculty. These research opportunities allow EPCC geology majors to interact with UTEP faculty and facilities better preparing them to continue their education at a 4-year university.

 

 

 Geological Classes We Offer at EPCC

GEOL 1401: Principles of Earth Sciences (3 credits)

Studies the physical processes that shape the earth, including an introduction to geophysics, hydrology, physiography, and meteorology. NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED GEOL 1403 AND\OR GEOL 1404.

Prerequisite: READ 0309 or INRW 0311 (can be taken concurrently) or by placement exam.

 

GEOL 1402: Principles of Geology (3 credits)

Studies the earth as a planet, including an introduction to astronomy and oceanography. Provides a survey of the history of the earth through time, as evidenced by plants, animals, rocks and minerals. NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED GEOL 1403 AND\OR GEOL 1404.

Prerequisite: GEOL 1401.

 

GEOL 1403: Physical Geology (4 credits)

Studies the principles and processes of physical geology with emphasis on earth materials structures, land forms, and mineral resources. Recommended for all students majoring in science or engineering.

Prerequisite: READ 0309 or INRW 0311 (can be taken concurrently) or by placement exam. 

 

GEOL 1404- Historical Geology (4 credits)

Studies the history of the earth and its life with critical focus on principles of historical geology. A one day field trip is required. Recommended for students majoring in science or engineering. A one day field trip is required.

Prerequisites: READ 0309 or INRW 0311 or ESOL 0340 (can be takan concurrently) or by placement exam.

 

GEOL 1305- Environmental Geology (3 credits)

Studies the interrelationships between humans and the environment from a geological perspective.

Prerequisites: GEOL 1401 or GEOL 1403.

 

GEOL 2407: Geological Field Methods. (MNS) (4 credits)

Instructs in collection of field data, interpretation and construction of geologic and topographic maps, and examination of petrologic systems in a field setting. The class is intended to be taught in an outside setting to study local geology and will require multiple field trips and at least one overnight trip.

Prerequisites: GEOL 1401 and GEOL 1402 or GEOL 1403 and GEOL 1404.

 

GEOL 2389: Research Techniques in Geology (3 credits)

Provides practical training and experiences in laboratory and/or field investigations while presenting a research approach to the principles of geology with emphasis on scientific methodologies and techniques. Students work under the supervision of a faculty member after a research project of mutual interest is selected. Students design and perform laboratory or field investigations and present and defend the results of the project.

Prerequisites: GEOL 1401 and GEOL 1402 or GEOL 1403 and GEOL 1404 .

 

 

 Contact Information

Campus:

Mission del Paso

Office:

C 141

Phone:

(915) 831-7144

Email:

jvillal6@epcc.edu

 

 

 Office Hours

Monday:

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesday:

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Friday:

  8:00 am – 2:00 pm