Degree Type: Associate of Science Degree, AS
Pathway: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math
More Options: Classroom Based, Remote Real-Time, Online
Program Length: 4 Semesters
Location: Centennial, Rampart Range, Downtown Studio
Transferability: Transferable, Guaranteed Transfer (GT)
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The PPCC Geology program will take you outside the classroom for some world-class field work that delves into the forces that shaped our planet. PPCC's Associate of Science in Geology is guaranteed to transfer to any state college or university in Colorado. If you pursue more advanced degrees, you could pursue careers in the energy sector, engineering, mining, and academia, among others.
Geologists study the earth. For 4.5 billion years Earth has been shaped by many natural forces like floods, earthquakes, volcanoes and continental drift to name a few. In geology students will learn:
In Geology at PPCC our goal is for the student to completely prepare for transfer
to a four-year university or college by providing them with a solid background in
the first two years of Geology instruction.
Geology is a fantastic career that combines fieldwork, lab work and office work.
$93580 / yr
$84040 / yr
Geologic and Hydrologic Technicians
$50630 / yr
Explores significant geologic features and the processes that create them using examples and case studies from the U.S. National Park System. Weathering and erosional landforms, caves and reefs, coasts, glaciers, volcanoes, and complex mountains are discussed. Fundamental geologic concepts including plate tectonics, deep time, and rock classification are introduced and incorporated throughout the course.
Introduces the subject of geology as it relates to human activities. Geologic hazards such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanoes are investigated. Mineral, energy, soil, and water resources are discussed in terms of their geologic formation and identification, usage by society, and associated environmental impacts. Land use issues, waste, and pollution are also examined.
Introduces the science of caves, with emphasis on their geology. Course topics include cave development, the importance of karst geology and hydrology, cave speleothems, and organisms adapted to living in caves.
Covers the geologic history of Colorado and notable geologic features present in the state. Emphasis is on the formation of mountain ranges, significant rock types, ore deposits, fossils, and landforms.
Provides an introduction to modern geological and physical oceanography, with lesser emphasis on chemical and biological oceanography. Plate tectonics, seafloor geomorphology, marine sediments, coasts, physical and chemical properties of seawater, marine resources, environmental concerns, and water movement in currents, waves, and tides are among the topics covered. This course includes laboratory experience.view in catalog
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It took me four years to finally graduate from PPCC because I was a single mom working a job. I hardly had time to study but utilized the resources I had to help me with homework like TRIO and DSSS. I took advantage of tutoring sessions and I practically lived in the Math center! I received help from the Child Development Center. So, I was able to study, attend club meetings, maybe workout at the school gym and have time to grab my kids and eat dinner with them.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which you will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.
Upon completion of the English degree program, you should be able to:
Explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
Convert information into and between various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
Select or develop elements of the methodology or theoretical framework to solve problems
Examine evidence to identify patterns, differences, similarities, limitations, and/or implications related to the focus
Utilize multiple representations to interpret the data
State a conclusion based on findings
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