Geology is the science that studies the structure, mechanics, interactions and evolution of the outer crust of the Earth. Students completing a degree in this discipline will have an introductory foundation for the field of Geology through the study of the scientific method, Earth materials, Earth processes, and Earth history. They will acquire skills, knowledge, and abilities that enable students to use a scientific approach incorporating basic chemistry and mathematics to the study of the Earth; identify common minerals, rocks, and geomorphic features of Earth; describe the materials and elucidate the processes that comprise the dynamic Earth system; describe the evidence for and occurrence of major events in Earth History.
Geography, Earth Science, and Meteorology courses are housed in the Geology department. Although no degrees are currently being offered in these subjects, these courses can be used to complete General Education or transfer requirements.
- Meteorology is the science that studies the atmosphere, its structure, interactions and anthropogenic modification.
- Earth Science studies the structure, mechanics, interactions and evolution of the earth’s crust, atmosphere and oceans.
- Geography is the natural and social science that studies the distribution and relationships between physical, geological, political and cultural entities
The most common career opportunities with a baccalaureate degree include entry-level field technician/geologist, industrial employment (mining, oil, environmental consulting), and governmental agencies (Department of Natural Resources, Geological Surveys, and National Parks).
Transfer requirements in Geology are available in the Counseling Department. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.
Science Division Chair
Thea Trimble | (559) 730-3941 | firstname.lastname@example.org
John Muir: 137 | Visalia Campus
Dean of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering
Francisco Banuelos | (559) 730-3942 | email@example.com
John Muir: 133 | Visalia Campus
For a complete list of courses and descriptions visit: COURSES