Geology courses at GCC study the Earth's processes.

Geology

We are experienced research, industry, and academic geologists dedicated to community education, offering lower division (Freshman/Sophomore) courses in Geology to serve the needs of:

  • Geology majors, minors, as well as future and in-service science teachers.
  • Students who need to satisfy Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) for their Associates degrees or certificates, or to transfer to Arizona's public universities. Many GLG courses satisfy SQ and SG science requirements and some can be used to simultaneously satisfy Global and Historical Awareness areas.
  • Members of the community interested in geology- from the scale of individual minerals to the solar system itself or anywhere in between.

GCC Geology courses are taught in-person utilizing advanced instructional technologies and immense collections of minerals, rocks, fossils and a wide variety of demonstration materials. Although instructors may pursue other geologic research, our first priority is the education of our students. We are routinely available outside of class time. We also take advantage of Arizona's spectacular geologic setting to provide the opportunity for real-time field observation of many geological features. Check out these award-winning MCCTV videos documenting just a few of our many Field Courses and Extra Credit Field Trips.

Rock & Roll | "Fire and Ice" Part I | "Fire and Ice" Part II "Fire and Ice" Part III

Geodyssey Part 1 | Geodyssey Part 2 | Geodyssey Part 3 | Geodyssey Part 4 | Geodyssey Part 5

In addition to the success of our alumni in the real world, student achievement data show that our success rate is nearly double that of some on-line programs. Furthermore, a recent survey of prospective employers indicates that our more traditional approach to geology education enhances the marketability of our students.

Careers in Geology

With a degree in Geology, GCC alumni have become geologists in Arizona's Departments of Environmental Quality and Water Resources and the U.S. Geological Survey, geologists in the petroleum and mining industries, engineering geologists in geotechnical consulting firms, professors in universities and community colleges, and K-12 teachers.  Click here to check out the employment outlook for geologists and other geoscientists.

Why study geology? Watch this video from the American Geological Institute.

 

Contact:

Department Chair

Faculty

Room: PS 102
Phone: (623) 845-3676
david.raffaelle@gccaz.edu
Building: Physical Science (PS)
Assistant Department Chair

Faculty

Room: PS-106
Phone: (623) 845-3680
pam.nelson@gccaz.edu
Building: Physical Science (PS)

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