Associate in Arts Degree Program (Transfer)
Geology is the science and study of the solid matter of a celestial body, its composition, structure, physical properties, history and the processes that shape it. It is also one of the earth sciences which include Astronomy, Atmospheric Science and Oceanography. The Science Department offers a wide range of lower division courses in the earth sciences.
Earth science programs provide a wide variety of employment opportunities, usually available after receiving the bachelor's, master's or doctor's degree. Traditionally strong areas of employment in the earth sciences include state and government agencies such as geologic surveys, oceanographic and space agencies, and state and national parks and monuments. Research and teaching institutions such as museums, colleges, and universities also employ a variety of earth science specialists.
There is also a clear need for primary and secondary school educators with strong earth science backgrounds. Numerous, non-traditional careers in earth sciences can be explored, including such areas as forensic science, science journalism, and environmental law.
All college transfer courses offered by the science department are fully transferable to all Oregon schools and to most out-of-state colleges and universities. Because course requirements vary at each four-year institution, it is recommended that interested students work closely with an advisor to plan their program.
The Earth Science curriculum is designed so that students may complete one or two years of study depending on their level of preparation before transferring to a four-year institution. You can expect to take courses in the following subject areas:
- Geology of the Pacific NW
- Rocks and Minerals
- General Geology
- And other subjects
The following is a list of links that provide more information on Geology and other Earth Science subjects:
- The American Geologic Institute
- The Geological Society of America
- The United States Geological Survey
- The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
- National Earthquake Information Center
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Cascade Volcano Observatory
- Digital Library for Earth System Education
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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