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Geology Department


Geology involves the study of earth materials and the structures that comprise it. This scientific discipline incorporates methods to examine 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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Michelle Stoklosa
Geology Faculty Advisor

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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 career 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.