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
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.
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.
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.
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
Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation
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.
Humanities & Social Sciences (15 credits required)
Pre-Major Program Requirements
INTRO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
INTRO TO GEOL II: EARTH'S SURFACE PROCESSES
FIELD STUDIES IN GEOLOGY
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
Total Required Credits: 90
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)