Geology
Geology is the study of the Earth's chemistry, physics, and history. Geologists work to understand the complex systems at work in our planet and, through this work, to understand the origin and evolution of the landscapes that surround us. Geologists work in natural resource development, natural hazard management, environmental monitoring, and pollution mitigation. Research subjects encompass everything from glacier systems to volcanoes to the fossil history of the evolution of life.

Career Opportunities


Careers in Geology generally require advanced degrees. Here at Clark College, you can begin a program that will lead to advanced degrees at any major university.

Job opportunities through private, federal, and state agencies exist in:

Climate Change Studies
Energy
Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation
Geological Engineering
Mining
Petroleum
Geology (AST1)
This is a suggested program for the first two years of major study in Geology. Lower-division course requirements will vary depending on the transfer institution. Contact an advisor at the transfer institution to determine required coursework as early as possible. Additional courses are needed to satisfy graduation requirements for the Associate in Science or the Associate in Arts degree.
Chemistry Sequence - minimum 16 credits
CHEM&141
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
4 cr.
CHEM&142
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
4 cr.
CHEM&143
GENERAL CHEMISTRY III
4 cr.
CHEM&151
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
1 cr.
CHEM&152
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
1 cr.
CHEM&153
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
2 cr.
Additional Science Sequence Requirements - 15 credits
PHYS&241
ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
4 cr.
and PHYS&231
ENGINEERING PHYSICS LAB I
1 cr.
PHYS&242
ENGINEERING PHYSICS II
4 cr.
and PHYS&232
ENGINEERING PHYSICS LAB II
1 cr.
PHYS&243
ENGINEERING PHYSICS III
4 cr.
and PHYS&233
ENGINEERING PHYSICS LAB III
1 cr.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Quantitative Skills (10 credits required)
MATH&151
CALCULUS I
5 cr.
MATH&152
CALCULUS II
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
HPE 258
FITNESS-WELLNESS
3 cr.
or HLTH Health course
2 cr.
and PE Activity Course
1 cr.
Humanities & Social Sciences (15 credits required)
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
Pre-Major Program Requirements
GEOL&101
INTRO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
5 cr.
GEOL 102
INTRO TO GEOL II: EARTH'S SURFACE PROCESSES
5 cr.
GEOL 218
FIELD STUDIES IN GEOLOGY
1-6 cr.
MATH&153
CALCULUS III
5 cr.
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 90
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the derivative as instantaneous rate of change and the definite integral as a limit of a Riemann sum in applied problems.
  • Analyze and solve multi-step problems using techniques through single-variable calculus, and communicate the results.
  • Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems.
  • Apply scientific methodologies to develop and answer questions about the natural world.
  • Acquire scientific information from appropriate sources to analyze issues, claims or situations.
  • Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods.
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors.
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts.
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information.
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege and inequality.
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences.