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Precambrian Basement 2014-15

Talks for 2015-16

Block 1 -- August 26 -- 3:30 p.m. in Tutt Science Lecture Hall
Professor Rick Aster, Colorado State University, “Under the Ice; the Geophysical Unveiling of the Antarctic Continent”.

Block 1 -- September 8 -- 3:30 p.m. in Tutt Science Lecture Hall                                                                                                          Darren Gravley, Director, Frontiers Abroad,  “Frontiers Abroad: An Adventure in Field and Research Education in New Zealand”

Block 2 -- October 9 -- 12:15 p.m. in Palmer Hall 16                                                                                                               Fransiska Dannemann '12, “Improving Infrasound Event Locations in the Western US using Atmospheric Modeling”

Block 3 -- November 4 -- 3:00 p.m. in Palmer Hall 16                                                                                                                   Roger Clarke, SW Geospatial Information Officer at Peterson Airforce Base, "Digital mapping and 3D geospatial construction of the urban landscape:examples from the Colorado Front range and applications to disaster management"

Block 3 -- November 5 -- 12:00 p.m. in Tutt Science Lecture Hall                                                                                                     Tom Ashley '12, Grad student at University of WY, “Improving estimates of sediment flux on the Colorado River: a morphodynamic approach”

Block 4 -- December 7 -- 12:00 p.m. in Palmer Hall 16                                                                                                              Colin Chupik ‘16 will present “Surficial geomorphology mapping and slip rate analysis of the Wairau Fault, South Island, New Zealand”.  Grace Guryan ‘17 will present “Approaches to Hydrology at the United States Air Force Academy and Crested Butte, Colorado”.

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"




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.

GY315 Structural Geology in Wyoming

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.