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Study the Processes that Shape Our World

How much do you really know about the place you live?

Not your neighborhood, town, or state—how much do you know about the planet Earth?

Take an SMCC Geology class!

Geology is more than just rocks—it’s the study of the earth and the materials that compose it, along with its structures, processes, and organisms.

It also includes topics such as planetary geology, geophysics, geochemistry, petroleum geology, volcanology, oceanography, hydrogeology, and meteorology.

At SMCC we offer courses in Physical Geology, Historical Geology, and Geologic Disasters and the Environment. (See the “Courses” tab for details about these.)

Become a more well-informed world citizen—know your planet!

Classes Offered:

  • GLG101 – Introduction to Geology I – Physical Lecture
  • GLG102 – Introduction to Geology II – Historical Lecture
  • GLG103 – Introduction to Geology I – Physical Lab
  • GLG104 – Introduction to Geology II – Historical Lab
  • GLG105 – Introduction to Planetary Science
  • GLG110 – Geological Disasters and the Environment
  • GLG111 – Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab

Physical Geology

This course is designed to enhance student knowledge of geologic processes that take place on the surface of the Earth and below.  It is highly recommended that students also take the physical geology lab that corresponds with this course.  The lab is designed to reinforce concepts covered in lectures.

Goals:

  • Describe how rocks and minerals form and understand the roles they play on the Earth and in society.
  • Describe the physical forces that shape the Earth and how the Earth has changed with time.
  • Describe how landscapes and environments form and change with time.
  • Describe the relationship between humans and the Earth.

Historical Geology

This course is designed to enhance student knowledge of the history of the Earth, including life on Earth.  It is highly recommended that students also take the historical geology lab that corresponds with this course.  The lab is designed to reinforce concepts covered in lectures.

Goals:

  • Describe how the Earth has changed throughout geologic time.
  • Describe the physical forces that have shaped and changed the Earth with time.
  • Describe how landscapes and environments form and change with time.
  • Describe the relationship between life and the Earth through time.

Geologic Disasters and the Environment

This course is designed to enhance student knowledge of geologic disasters that take place on the Earth and the resources we use.  It is highly recommended that students also take the geologic disasters lab that corresponds with this course.  The lab is designed to reinforce concepts covered in lectures.

Goals:

  • Identify various significant geologic hazards and describe their impact on people.
  • Identify various natural and human factors which affect people’s interaction with the Earth.
  • List land use problems and describe their impact on various aspects of community life.
  • Describe the relationship between humans and the Earth’s resources.

What can you do with a Geology degree? Plenty!

Geology majors can find careers in petroleum geology, geophysics and the environmental geology fields.

In both the public and private sectors, geologists are hired to study groundwater pollution, earthquake hazards and landslides.

There are also jobs in the mining industry, petroleum industry or in research laboratories.

SMCC’s Geology courses will prepare you to transfer to a four-year university and continue toward your Bachelor’s degree.