Geology is the science of the physical Earth and its relationship to the life that exists on it.
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.
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
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