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Geology Program

GEOLOGY

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.   

CAREER OPTIONS

Geologist, Geochemist, Geophysicist, Planetary Geologist, Environmental Consultant, Petroleum Geologist, Seismologist, Engineering Geologist, Hydrologist, Environmental Geologist, GIS Specialist, Oceanographer, Paleontologist, Earth Science Teacher, Geology Professor. ​   

FACULTY

Name​ ​Contact Information
Cara K. Thompson thompson_cara@smc.edu or (310) 434-4877
Alessandro Grippo grippo_alessandro@smc.edu
Konstantin Kremenetski kremenetski_konstantin@smc.edu
​Richard Robinson robinson_richard@smc.edu​

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 paradigm.

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

OTHER RESOURCES

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