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GEOLOGY

Geologists study the Earth’s processes, physical history, and natural composition by examining natural matter, such as plant fossils, rocks, oceans, minerals and the atmosphere. Geology careers are often specialized, and job titles represent your area of expertise. For example, you may become a glacial geologist, specializing in glaciers, or a volcanologist with an expertise in volcanoes. Examples of other specialized job titles include petroleum geologist (oil and natural gas), hydrologist (water), mineralogist (minerals) and paleontologist (fossils).

Geologists often have a mixture of fieldwork, laboratory and office duties. For example, they may collect rock or ocean water samples from remote locations and then analyze them in the lab using technology such as electron microscopes. Geologists may also use remote sensing or radar equipment to explore beneath the Earth’s surface. Responsibilities may include using data analysis and modeling software and creating scientific reports, maps, and charts.

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MATH / SCIENCE DIVISION

Rick Hicks, Dean

For more information contact:
The Division Office
MathSciOffice@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8990

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Geology will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Northridge
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

Geology and Geosciences is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the United States and throughout the world.

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
Remediation / Compliance

PETROLEUM GEOLOGY
Oil and Gas Exploration

HYDROLOGY
Surface and Ground Water

MINERALOGY
Mineral Exploration and Extraction

MINING GEOLOGY
Extraction of Economic Resources

OCEANOGRAPHY
Exploration of the Oceans

PALEOCLIMATOLOGY
Climate Change

PALEONTOLOGY
Past life forms Dinosaurs/Ocean life

PETROLOGY
Rocks and Resources

PLANETARY GEOLOGY
Solar System and Extraterrestrial

GEOPHYSICS
Structure of the Earth Faults/Mountains

SEISMOLOGY
Earthquake Monitoring and Prediction

SOIL SCIENCE
Preservation of Soils

URBAN GEOLOGY
Urban Design and Analysis

Bud Benneman
Instructor, Geology
B.S., M.S., University of Nevada Las Vegas
bbenneman@gwc.cccd.edu