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Geology is the study of the materials, processes, and evolutionary development of the Earth. Geologic understanding of the Earth is obtained by geoscientists working in a range of disciplines. Examples of the areas of study are: Mineralogy - the study of Earth's naturally occurring minerals; Petrology - the study of rocks; Paleontology - the study of the history of life on Earth; Seismology - the study of Earthquakes; Volcanology - the study of volcanoes; Environmental Geology - the study of the interactions between humans and the geologic world; and Petroleum Geology - the study of fossil fuel resources and their development.
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The Science Division seeks to provide students with a diverse array of physical and life science classes through which they will develop an increased awareness and understanding of scientific knowledge and the scientific method of investigation by which this knowledge has been gained.
Students may earn an Associate in Science Degree - Option I (90 credits) which is designed to prepare students for upper division study in geology. Please consult with an advisor at WWCC and your intended transfer institution to determine an appropriate education plan. (See AS Option I in Degrees section of catalog.)
Preparation for Success
Students interested in a major in Geology should take additional courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics. Students considering Environmental Geology should also take courses in environmental science, biology and ecology.