Geology is the science that studies the Earth’s physical structure and substances, the history of rocks, the processes that act on them and the most economic way to use the world’s resources. Geology involves methods and knowledge from biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.
A strong core of comprehensive geology courses prepares you for further study in a variety of earth sciences, including geosciences, geophysics, and oceanography.
Potential employers include:
- Environmental agencies and consultancies
- Oil, gas, petroleum, groundwater, civil engineering and construction companies
- Waste management agencies
- Government organizations
Geology Education Plan
Degree: Associate in Science
Emphasis: Geology, Environmental Geosciences, Geophysics, Oceanography
* Some four-year institutions require physics with calculus.
** Although the Biology (for majors) sequence can be substituted to complete your AS degree, most baccalaureate institutions require physics with calculus sequence.
GEOL 100 - Geology for Engineering & Environmental Studies
Explore minerals and rocks, geological processes, and geological investigation techniques that relate to geotechnical and environmental concerns.
GEOL& 101 - Intro Physical Geology
Explore and recognize earth materials, processes and structures within a plate tectonics framework; origin and structure of the Earth, rocks and minerals, geologic time, earthquakes and volcanoes, ocean basins, formation of landscapes, special topics.
GEOL 102 - Physical Geology II
Introduces the processes that shape the landscape. Includes the study of mass wasting, river dynamics, groundwater sources, glacial landforms, deserts, and coastal processes. One or more field trips may be required. Includes lab. Prerequisite: MATH 098
GEOL& 103 - Historical Geology w/Lab
Evolution of Earth and life as interpreted through the fossil and rock record. Includes fossils, relative and numerical-age dating, stratigraphic principles, global change, and the geologic history of the North American continent. Includes lab.
GEOL 108 - Natural Hazards and Catastrophes
An examination of earth materials and processes through the study of earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and meteorite impacts. Examination of causes and effects on human populations and the environment; preparedness, prediction and forecasting; mitigation of risks, and case studies.
GEOL 180 - Cascade and Plateau Geology
Students will explore the geology of a selected area of interest, for example, Hawaii, Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountains, Cascades, Yellowstone, Tetons, Southwest Deserts, etc.
GEOL& 208 - Geology of Pacific NW
Examines the geology and geologic history of the Pacific Northwest and geologic processes important to its evolution. Topics include volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, rock and minerals, faults and folds, mountain building, landforms, glaciation, and surface processes.
GEOL 270 - Research in Geology
Design a research project, set up experiments, collect data in the lab or in the field, and/or analyze data. Each credit hour requires 33 hours of activity per quarter. Prerequisite: instructor permission.