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Geology

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Geology involves the study of earth materials and the structures that comprise it. This scientific discipline incorporates methods to learn about the planet's history and its changes in structure, processes, and organisms over time.

Geologists work in both public and private sectors that include natural resource development, natural hazard management, environmental monitoring, and pollution mitigation.

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Discovering the Processes of our Planet

To properly understand the structures of the earth, trained geologists dedicate their time to studying its functions. Geologists have unique work opportunities and participate in research that encompasses everything from glacier systems to volcanoes to evolutionary fossil history.

Clark’s geology program exposes students to a robust rock and fossil collection and provides a rounded approach to earth sciences that includes a foundation in chemistry and physics. Students also have the opportunity to apply classroom theory with field experiences in the Columbia River Gorge.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for geologists vary depending on industry and exist in a variety of formats: geological sample technician, geophysical data technician, petroleum technician, hydrologist, and geochemist.

Clark’s program offers an Associate in Science Transfer degree (AST1) designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree program in geology. The job titles listed are opportunities based on a bachelor’s degree and above.

Degree Options

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:
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills. (GE)