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The science of geology seeks to understand the Earth and its relationship to the rest of the universe. It is the study of the history of life, the interactions of the mountains, plains, atmosphere, and oceans, and the succession of physical events that accompany an orderly development of life.

Geology courses at Pierce College are often hands-on and include field trips and laboratory study of minerals, rocks, fossils, and maps. Students are introduced to a wide variety of concepts and experiences aimed at bringing a greater understanding of the Earth's complex and varied geology.

Transfer Possibilities

Students working toward their transfer degree typically take a variety of courses designed to fulfill the general requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. Students intending to transfer to a four-year college for further training in the geology field are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to ensure they meet the requirements of the college they wish to attend after Pierce.

Geology majors

The following courses are recommended for geology students:

  • CHEM& 161-163: General chemistry (with lab) I-III
  • GEOL& 101: Intro to geology
  • GEOL& 103: Historical geology
  • GEOL& 110: Environmental geology
  • MATH& 141 and 142: Precalculus I-II
  • MATH& 151-153: Calculus I-III
  • PHYS& 221-223: Engineering physics I-III

Contact Us

Beth Norman
Earth Science Professor and Coordinator

Tom Bush
Professor & Department Coordinator - Earth & Space Sciences

Nicholas Handler
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science & Geography
253-864-3343 (PY)

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