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Geology is the study of the earth. Areas of study include but are not limited to: volcanoes; earthquakes and seismology; the Geologic Time Scale and the formation of the earth; petrology (rocks) and minerals; hydrology; erosion; oceanography, including beach systems; environmental geology; glaciers and Ice Ages; groundwater; and deserts.
The Las Positas College Geology Program features lectures and laboratories for both Geology majors and non-science majors. Lectures and accompanying laboratory courses are offered separately to accommodate students’ schedules.
For students interested in pursuing a four-year degree in Geology, the first two years of a Geology degree generally consist of: Physical Geology 1 (lecture and laboratory); Historical Geology 3 (lecture and laboratory); and Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and general breadth requirements. Mineralogy/Earth Materials is also a required lower-division Geology course at some four-year schools.
Geology is an applied science. The last two years of the typical four-year geology program focus on geology courses that apply scientific concepts and principles that the student learned in the first two years. All potential geology majors should consult the current college catalog for geology degree requirements at the school to which the student wishes to transfer
Photos taken in Grand Canyon by Ross Gaunt 2008