Study physical science, natural history and the dynamic processes that have shaped the earth over time through an associate’s degree in geology that prepares you for transfer to a four-year college.

Geology Pathway

Geology includes the study of minerals, rocks, the dynamic processes that shape the Earth’s surface over time, the history of life, dinosaurs, and mass extinction events. These include such topics as Earth’s tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, landslides, streams, and coastlines. Topics such as resources or climate change may be included.

Geology courses at Pierce College are often hands-on and include field trips and laboratory study of minerals, rocks, fossil, 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.

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


Tom Bush
Professor & Department Coordinator - Earth & Space Sciences
Beth Norman
Earth Science Professor and Coordinator

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