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

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EPCC GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES A.S. DEGREE  

GEOL 1301: Principles of Earth Sciences- Lecture (3 credits)

Survey of geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. 

GEOL 1101: Principles of Earth Sciences-Lab (1 credits)

This laboratory-based course accompanies GEOL 1301, Earth Sciences I. Activities will cover methods used to collect and analyze data in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy.

GEOL 1302: Principles of Geology- Lecture (3 credits)

Extension of the study of geology, astronomy, meteorology and oceanography, focusing on natural resources, hazards and climate variability.

GEOL 1102: Principles of Geology- Lab (1 credits)

This laboratory-based course accompanies GEOL 1302, Earth Sciences II. Activities will focus on methods used to collect and analyze data related to natural resources, hazards and climate variability.

GEOL 1303: Physical Geology- Lecture (3 credits)

Introduction to the study of the materials and processes that have modified and shaped the surface and interior of Earth over time. These processes are described by theories based on experimental data and geologic data gathered from field observations.

GEOL 1304: Historical Geology- Lecture (3 credits)

A comprehensive survey of the history of life and major events in the physical development of Earth as interpreted from rocks and fossils.

GEOL 1104- Historical Geology- Lab (1 credits)

This laboratory-based course accompanies GEOL 1304, Historical Geology. Laboratory activities will introduce methods used by scientists to interpret the history of life and major events in the physical development of Earth from rocks and fossils.

GEOL 1305- Environmental Geology- Lecture (3 credits)

A survey of the forces, including humans, that shape our physical and biologic environment, and how they affect life on Earth. Introduction to the science and policy of global and regional environmental issues, including pollution, climate change, and sustainability of land, water, and energy resources.

Prerequisites: GEOL 1401 or GEOL 1403.

GEOL 2307: Geological Field Methods. (3 credits)

Collection of field data, interpretation and construction of geologic and topographic maps, and examination of petrologic systems in a field setting.

Prerequisites: GEOL 1301+1101 and GEOL 1302+1102 or GEOL 1303+1103 and GEOL 1304+1104.

GEOL 2389: Academic Cooperative (3 credits)

An instructional program designed to integrate on-campus study with practical hands-on work experience in the physical sciences. In conjunction with class seminars, the individual students will set specific goals and objectives in the scientific study of inanimate objects, processes of matter and energy, and associated phenomena.

Prerequisites: GEOL 1301+1101 and GEOL 1302+1102 or GEOL 1303+1103 and GEOL 1304+1104.


 Contact Information

Campus:

Mission del Paso

Office:

C 141

Phone:

(915) 831-7144

Email:

jvillal6@epcc.edu


 Office Hours

OFFICE HOURS FOR FALL 2014

TUESDAY:

11:40 am – 5:00 pm

THURSDAY:

11:40 am – 5:00 pm