Congratulations, 2014 graduates!! Special congrats to Megan Hurster '12 and Kirsten Gosch '10 for attaining the M.A. in teaching!!
Talks for Spring Semester 2013-14
Block 8 -- April 25, noontime in Palmer Hall 16, Dr. Mike Petronis, Highlands University, New Mexico, "Glacial Activity in Neoproterozoic Svalbard; Investigating ancient ice ages in the present day Arctic"
Block 8 -- April 28, noontime in Tutt Science Lecture Hall, Dr. Christa Placzek, James Cook University, Australia, "Life on the edge of tropical moisture belts"
Block 8 -- April 30, noontime in Palmer Hall 15, Dr. Peter Balaam, Carleton College, "Traveling Geologist: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Reading of Lyell and the 'Science of Experience'"
Block 8 -- May 12, noontime in Tutt Science Lecture Hall, Dr. Carrie Tyler, University of Florida, "Marine Invertebrate Community Composition as a Proxy for Paleobathymetry"
Dr. Woody W. Fisher, '00, Assistant Professor of Geobiology, Caltech, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Colorado College, at Opening Convocation on September 1. Woody will also present the Convocation Address, entitled "No prospect of a beginning, no vestige of an end", as a motivational opener to the 2014-15 Academic Year. As we geologists know… this is an inspiring theme (referencing James Hutton). The address will be live streamed at 9 a.m. MDT, via http://www.coloradocollege.edu/live/
The Geology Department at Colorado College offers introductory and advanced courses in earth sciences that may lead to a B.A. in geology.
The courses in the major are designed to provide a foundation for a professional career in the earth sciences, provide the background for graduate school, which has increasingly become a necessary prerequisite to a professional career, provide an opportunity for students majoring in other fields to combine their expertise with geology, and educate students about the physical environment and our place in it, as part of a liberal arts education.
An excerpt from the nomination statement of Marcia K. McNutt (’74 graduate, Physics), presented to U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, 10/8/09, during the process of her selection as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey.
“My favorite college course was Introduction to Geology, taught by Professor John Lewis. Colorado College uses the Block Plan, in which students take only one course at a time for a month. Introduction to Geology is two blocks long. So my first two months at college were spent with Doc Lewis and about 19 other students scrambling around the Front Range with our backpacks and sleeping bags trying to piece together the geologic history of the Southern Rockies from first principles. We never cracked a book the entire time. I was drawn to the grandeur of the Earth sciences and awed by the time and space scales upon which Earth processes played out. No lab coat. No test tube. Science outside!”
The Block Plan
The Colorado College Block Plan allows us to offer a unique program in geology. Because students take just one course at a time, with class size limited to 25 students, the program is intensive and individualized.
The flexibility of the Block Plan also allows faculty and students to pursue independent study and research projects, during the academic year as well as during summer and winter breaks. Much of this work takes place away from the campus. Many of our students do field-oriented research as part of a required senior seminar project or as part of a distinction thesis.
Students with strong interests in both geology and environmental issues may major in Geology and take elective courses in other environmental sciences and environmental issues. Alternatively, such students may major in Environmental Science complimented with coursework in Geology.