• "This is the saddest day in the 50 year history of UCC. Our hearts go out to every student, every employee, and every family touched by this tragedy.

    "I want to thank all of our friends and neighbors who have dropped everything to help us. Over the next weeks, we will come together to accept offers of help and care so that we can assist one another."

    -Dr. Rita Cavin
    UCC Interim President

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  • Need to talk? Community partners have come together to provide support and sharing with UCC students, faculty and staff.

    Mental health professionals are offering no-cost grief sharing: 9am-8pm through Thursday at the Ford Foundation, 1600 NW Stewart Pkwy; and the Community Health Alliance, 201 Medical Loop.

    Beginning Monday, Oct 5, grief sharing will be available on campus, 7:30am - 5pm in the cafeteria.

    The Community Health Alliance is staffing a 24-hour hotline at 541-440-3532 or 800-866-9780.

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  • Want to help?

    The Greater Douglas United Way is accepting donations via text and online: http://www.gduway.org/UCCgive

    The Umpqua Community College Foundation is accepting donations online and by mail: https://www.umpqua.edu/scholarships-donations

    We strongly recommend that donors cast a careful eye when considering other funds, as some are not based at charitable organizations and might apply high administrative fees. Also, unfortunately, at times like these, there are unscrupulous people who will set up false accounts.

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    A tribute to the victims: http://tinyurl.com/pe74yz4

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    All classes and campus events are cancelled until Oct. 12.

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Geology: Transfer

Source: UCC Instructor Karen R. Carroll

Geology is the science and study of the composition of the earth and of the physical and chemical processes that occur on the earth’s surface and inside the earth’s interior. It also includes astronomy, atmospheric science, and oceanography. The Science Department offers a wide range of lower division courses in the earth sciences.

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Earth Science programs provide a wide variety of employment opportunities, usually available after receiving a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree.

Employment in the mining and petroleum industries continues to expand rapidly, offering exciting opportunities for employment worldwide. Additional private industries hiring geologists include environmental remediation, engineering firms, and geological consulting firms.

Other strong areas of employment in the earth sciences include: state and federal government agencies, such as geologic surveys, oceanographic and space agencies, as well as state and national parks and monuments; research and teaching institutions, such as museums, colleges, and universities; and primary and secondary schools. Numerous non-traditional careers in earth sciences can be explored, including such areas as forensic science, science journalism, and environmental law.

Additional Information

The following links provide more information on geology and other earth science subjects:

Transfer Guide

UCC offers coursework approved for transfer to University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, and Southern Oregon University. You should consult with your UCC faculty advisor and a representative of the college or university to which you will transfer for any special requirements.

The Earth Science curriculum is designed so that you may complete one or two years of study depending on your level of preparation before transferring to a four-year institution.

Why UCC?

Why UCCAt UCC, you can earn a TWO-YEAR TRANSFER DEGREE for less than you'll pay for one year at a state university. Plus, UCC offers:

• Seamless, direct transfer degrees
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes


Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.

Karen R. Carroll - Contact
Assistant Professor, Science
Phone: 541-440-4654

Ken Carloni - Contact
Chair, Associate Professor, Science
Phone: 541-440-7641

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