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Geology Department goes green with their annual alumni newsletter; featuring highlights from students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Read all the department's highlights on this link: Precambrian Basement 2015-16 or prior years PCB publications.

Talks for Spring Semester 2015-16

Block 5 -- February 4 -- 12:00 p.m. in Tutt Science Lecture Hall                                                                                                Beth Pratt-Situala, who is in geoscience/geohazard teacher education and academic director of the Nepal: Geoscience in the Himalaya program.  "Geohazards: teaching geoscience for societal preparedness"

Block 6 -- March 4 -- 12:00 p.m. in Tutt Science Lecture Hall                                                                                                          Professor Roger Billham,  University of Colorado Boulder, "The dangerous southern edge of the EuroAsian plate: earthquakes and corruption" and "New insights into Himalayan earthquakes following Nepal’s 2015 Mw7.8 incomplete rupture".

Block 7 -- March 28 -- 12:00 p.m. in Tutt Science Lecture Hall                                                                                                     Dr. Lidya Tarhan, Yale University NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, "Development of Bioturbation and Implications for Global Sulfur Cycling in Early Paleozoic Oceans".

Block 8 -- April 21 -- 12:15 p.m. in Palmer 16           Meredith Bush '08, University of Texas at Austin PhD candidate, "Reconstructing Mountain Building – Studies of deformation and sedimentation from Tibet and the southern Rocky Mountains".

Block 8 -- April 26 -- 12:15 p.m. in Tutt Science Lecture Hall            Alessio Fabbrini, Universita di Siena, Italy, "Insights on a shallow volcanic plumbing system: Punta dello Zenobito volcanic complex, Isla Capraia, Italy"

Block 8 -- April 29 -- 12:00, Olin 1          Dr. John Wilson, Assistant Professor of Biology, Haverford College,  “An evolutionary history of plant form and function”



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Welcome back to CC Geology!

Professor Christine Siddoway was recently interviewed by the Colorado Springs Gazette Journal for an article entitled: Geology, drainage, laws decrease odds of toxic mine spill in Teller, El Paso counties

The Geology Department at Colorado College offers introductory and advanced courses in earth sciences that may lead to a B.A. in geology.

Have you ever thought about becoming a science teacher? 

Department Philosophy

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 complemented with coursework in Geology.