Program Summary

What is Geology?

The word "Geology," is from the Greek γῆ, , i.e., "earth" and -λoγία, -logia, i.e. "sayings," “words,” or “discourses.”

We study the Earth to better understand how it works and its 4.5 billion-year history. Important topics today include environmental protection and global warming.

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This exciting course has been revised to appeal to both science majors and non-science majors, the student will learn the methods TV meteorologists forecast the weather and then present the forecast to the television audience. The student will become familiar with a few simple techniques so that they can also make simple forecasts.  We will also study fascinating and relevant subjects such as hurricanes, tornadoes, including storm-chasers, and other weather-related disasters, controversial topics such as global warming and cloud-seeding.  Students will complete the course with a sense of appreciation for all the people and technology used in atmospheric science.


Ten Marketable Skills
Communication the process of transmitting information and ideas from one individual or group to another, verbally or through writing.
Critical Thinking the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
Teamwork willingness to be a part of a group of persons in a cooperative or coordinated effort in the interests of a common cause.
Adaptability the ability to be flexible and adapt to changing conditions.
Work Ethic a set of values centered on the importance of doing work and reflected especially in a desire or determination to work hard.
Continued Learning the ability to continually develop and improve one's skills and knowledge in order to perform effectively.
Social Skills skills used to communicate and interact with other people, both individually and in groups, verbally and non-verbally, through gestures, body language and our personal appearance.
Time Management the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.
Analytical Thinking the ability to solve problems quickly and effectively through a methodical step-by-step approach that breaks down complex problems into single and manageable components.
Cultural Competency the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.


  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Land-use Planning
  • Mining
  • Oceanography
  • Petroleum Exploration
  • Meteorology

Paul Bellah
Program Coordinator


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