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.
The following links provide more information on geology and other earth science subjects:
- The United States Geological Survey
- The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
- National Earthquake Information Center
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Cascade Volcano Observatory
- Digital Library for Earth System Education
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- The Geological Society of America
- The American Geologic Institute
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.
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