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Geology

 

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 

PROGRAMS

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

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FIELD GEOLOGY

G161 - Landscape Evolution

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Support the COCC Geology Program Fund which helps provide access to field-based learning experiences for all students.

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FUTURE STUDENTS

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CAREER INFORMATION

Explore Geology Careers

Explore career paths in geology.

Career Paths In Geology

STUDENT STORIES

Rachael Hargrove, Geology student graduate

Testimonials from Geology students and graduates.

Student and Alumni Stories

MEET OUR FACULTY

Hal Wershow in the field

Learn about faculty backgrounds and expertise.

Faculty Profiles

Contacts

Science Department
541-383-7550
Geology Directory

Hal Wershow
Assistant Professor I Geology
541-383-7557
hwershow@cocc.edu 

Carol Higginbotham
Department Chair of Science
Professor of Chemistry
541-383-7552
chigginbotham@cocc.edu 

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