Geology is the scientific study of the planet earth. Geologists study the origin and evolution of the earth and various life forms, the composition of the earth, its structures, and the many processes which modify the earth’s crust. Geology is an interdisciplinary science with many applied aspects including: the study of natural resources such as water, petroleum, and minerals; the mitigation of earth’s hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, and volcanoes; and land use planning. Students who are curious about our planet and its environment, and want to meet the challenges presented by the interaction of humans with the earth should consider geology as a major.
The curriculum leads to the Associate in Science degree in Geology and will prepare students for upper division coursework at a baccalaureate institution. However, it is recommended that students consult the catalog of the transfer institution for specific course requirements.
Paleobotanist / Paleontologist1
Teacher / Professor1
Waste Management Geologist1
Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.
The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:
- Recognize and explain the role of fundamental geologic principles, such as plate tectonic theory and deep time, in the interpretation of observed geologic phenomena.
- Research, evaluate, and cite scientific information in order to formulate coherent summaries of earth processes.
- Define the scientific method and apply it to observed geologic phenomena.
- Interpret geologic processes using underlying chemical properties and physical laws.
- Measure, manipulate, and interpret scientific data.
Associate Degree Major Requirements
|CHEM-141||General Chemistry I||5|
|CHEM-142||General Chemistry II||5|
|GEOL-111||Planet Earth Laboratory||1|
|MATH-180||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I||5|
|Select two of the following:||8-10|
|Principles of Biology|
|Analytic Geometry and Calculus II|
|Mechanics and Waves|
|Electricity, Magnetism, and Heat|
|Select a minimum of six units from the following:||6|
|Introduction to Geographic Information Science|
|Physical Geography: Earth Systems|
|Meteorology: Weather and Climate|
|Field Study of the Natural History of the Greater San Diego Region|
|Geologic Field Studies: Southern California Mountain Areas|
|Geologic Field Studies: Mojave Desert and Adjacent Areas|
|Geologic Field Studies: Southern California Coastal Areas|
|Geologic Field Studies: Colorado Desert/Salton Trough Area|
|Field Exploration: Colorado Plateau|
|Field Exploration: Cascade Range/Modoc Plateau|
|Field Exploration: Basin and Range Province|
|Field Exploration: California Coastal Mountains|
|Field Exploration: Sierra Nevada|
|Geology of California|
|Geology of the National Parks|
|Introduction to Oceanography|
Plus General Education and Elective Requirements