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Photo for GeologyUnderstand the materials and processes of our world.

Geology is an Earth science that focuses on the materials and processes of Earth and comprehending the way these have interacted through time.

Geologists are involved in a wide range of activities, including studies of Earth materials and processes, exploration for resources and understanding and protecting the environment.

Contact Ralph Hitz, Faculty Advisor in Geology.

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year geology program, as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

Degree Options: Associate of Science degree with a Specialization in Earth Sciences (PDF)

Program Planning

High School Preparation: While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science.

Recommended Class Schedule: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to earn the Associate of Science degree (college transfer).

First Year

CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
CHEM& 163
MATH& 153

Second Year

GEOL& 101
PHYS 221
Social Science
PHYS 222
Humanities or Social Science
PHYS 223
  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • The humanities and social science courses must be chosen from the humanities and social science distribution course lists.
  • At least one course must be chosen from the list of approved multicultural courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • PE activity courses cannot be used as elective courses.
  • A maximum of 5 credits of electives can be from courses that do not appear on the basic requirements list of the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree Option A or on the Approved Distribution Course List. Such courses must be approved by a geology advisor.

Approved Distribution Course List
Catalog Course Descriptions

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