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

Program Description

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

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Enrollment is open throughout the year. Start in the fall, winter, spring, or summer quarters. Special funding assistance may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents.


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A university transfer degree from Pierce College satisfies the first two years of coursework required at four-year colleges and universities, but at a fraction of the cost.


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.


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Program Contacts

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