• Geology

  • Catalog Year 2017-2018

    Geology is the study of the Earth. It seeks to describe, classify and analyze the Earth’s physical and chemical characteristics and catalog the history of Earth and past life forms. Geologists examine land forms and rocks to discover how the Earth has formed and changed over time. Geology involves the investigation of Earth hazards, resources and environment as well as solutions to these problems.

    Curricular Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate mastery of discipline-specific fundamental geologic concepts
    • Utilize the method of scientific inquiry with respect to geosciences
    • Communicate ideas and views regarding the geosciences as these relate to current issues and daily life
    • Acquire the ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate geologic data and information
    • Apply geologic knowledge and skills to a range of problems and propose scientifically reasonable and acceptable solutions
    • Demonstrate technical skills in the collection and analysis of geologic data in field and laboratory settings

    The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Geology at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options in the printed catalog.

    Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

    Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

    • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
    • Consult with a faculty adviser early to develop an educational plan.

    Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH221 General Chemistry I 5
    MTH251 Calculus I: Differential Calculus 5
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Humanities requirement1 3-4
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH222 General Chemistry II 5
    MTH252 Calculus II: Integral Calculus 5
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    Social Science requirement1 3-4
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH223 General Chemistry III 5
    CIS120 Computer Concepts I 3
    CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I 1
    MTH253 Calculus III 4
    WR227 Technical Report Writing 4
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    G201 Principles of Physical Geology 4
    MTH254 Calculus IV: Vector Calculus or MTH261 Linear Algebra2 4-5
    PH201 General Physics I or PH211 General Physics with Calculus I 5
    Elective1 3
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    G202 Principles of Physical Geology 4
    GEOG265 Introduction of Geographic Information Systems 3
    PH202 General Physics II or PH212 General Physics with Calculus II 5
    Humanities requirement1 3-4
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or COMM114 Argument and Critical Discourse 3-4
    G203 Principles of Historical Geology 4
    PH203 General Physics III or PH213 General Physics with Calculus III 5
    Health and Physical Education requirement1 3

    1 This plan aligns with the Associate of Science degree; refer to degree requirements, in the printed catalog.
    2 Check with faculty adviser before registration.

    Transfer Schools’ Web Links

    Oregon State University - College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU
    Portland State University - Department of Geology at PSU
    University of Oregon - Department of Geological Sciences at UO