Why study Geology?

Volcanic features, glacial landforms, and river corridors are all part of the landscape-as-laboratory experience in Geology, where a spectacular environment amplifies the learning process. Grounded in foundational earth science principles, Geology at COCC takes a special look at Cascadia subduction and volcanology — dynamic aspects of Oregon's landscape — to open an understanding of one's surroundings, leading to a richer connection with the wider world. Opportunities for expanded study and research contributions help prime students for further education and workplace readiness, while general concepts of sustainability and science literacy yield a lens for lifelong appreciation of the planet. 

"I recommend this program to anyone seeking a degree in geology, as it encouraged me to pursue my education" — Katriona Pratt, COCC Geology student 

"The Geology program at COCC gives students unique opportunities for independent research projects — something that is not always available at the community college level. Students can also participate in professional meetings, local geology seminars, and field trips outside of regular course curriculum. It all enables students to expand their knowledge beyond textbooks, setting them up for success in the next steps of their academic career." — Daniele McKay, Ph.D., Geology instructor at the University of Oregon, board member of the Central Oregon Geoscience Society, and former COCC student 


The Geology area of study offers the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer program with a focus in geology.

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G161 - Landscape Evolution


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Hal Wershow
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