Geology encompasses all studies of Earth processes and is
one of the cornerstone programs within the Earth Science Department. Students
taking a geology course at SMC will gain a scientific understanding o geologic
processes that shape the Earth’s surface, oceans, and atmosphere. They will
study Earth’s origin, interior processes, plate tectonics theory, evolution of
surface environments, the linkage between climate and biology, and the various
ways in which these processes are recorded in the rock record. Courses focus on
application of the scientific method to natural phenomena like the origin and
evolution of life, climate change, assessment of geologic hazards, and
formation and utilization of geologic resources.
DEGREES & CERTIFICATES
We are working towards offering an Associate in Science for Trasfer (AS-T) in Geology.
Geochemist, Geophysicist, Planetary Geologist, Environmental Consultant,
Petroleum Geologist, Seismologist, Engineering Geologist, Hydrologist, Environmental
Geologist, GIS Specialist, Oceanographer, Paleontologist, Earth Science
Teacher, Geology Professor.
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES
Upon completion of a Geology course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the physical structure and
morphology of the Earth and operation of Earth systems through a plate tectonic
2. Identify and classify Earth materials and demonstration an
understanding of their formational histories.
COURSES OFFERED IN GEOLOGY
Geology 1: Physical Geology
Geology 4: Physical Geology with Lab
Geology 5: Earth History with Lab
Geology 31: Physical Oceanography
Geology 35 (A-Z): Field Studies in Geology