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.
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.
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
- 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)