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Geology Majors' Handbook

Geology Department goes green with the annual alumni newsletter; featuring highlights from students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Read all the department's highlights on this link: Precambrian Basement 2016-17 or prior years PCB publications.


Dr. John Taylor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present  "Biogeographic and Paleogeographic Utility of Cambrian–Ordovician Faunas” on Friday, September 29, at 12:15 in Tutt Science Lecture Hall.

Monday, October 9, “Successes and failures of 10Be cosmogenic dating for evaluating slip rates and earthquake history of the southern San Andreas Fault” and will be at 11:00 in Palmer 15.  Tuesday, October 10, “14.6 Ma aridification and development of the ancestral Taklimakan desert between the Pamir and Tian Shan orogens, western China, climatically or tectonically controlled?” This talk will be in Palmer 16 at 12:00. Both are presented by Dr. Richard Heermance, Department of Geological Sciences, California State University Northridge. 


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Welcome back to CC Geology!

We're proud to say that four of our students and a paraprof have presentations at GSA in Seattle, WA!!

Regional Studies class at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico

                              GY445 Regional Studies

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

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.