Geology courses at Irvine Valley College provide academic instruction in basic geological concepts and theories, and provide a solid foundation for students’ preparing for further academic study of the discipline. Introductory courses range from survey courses in earth science, to field geology courses that explore California and our national parks and monuments, to the study of natural hazards. More specialized courses examine the physical and biological evolution of the planet Earth, and rocks and minerals found in its crust. The curriculum also includes a wide range of popular field courses within California and other areas in western North America. The course requirements for a major in geology are intended to provide a solid foundation for a variety of student needs. Students pursuing the major may meet transfer requirements for a baccalaureate institution by completing the Associate in Arts in Geology. Students pursuing the major may meet transfer requirements for a four-year college or university; or they may complete an Associate in Arts degree in Geology. For those who intend to pursue upper-division or graduate study, introductory courses in the other sciences are recommended and are necessary in addition to the core courses required for the major. Career Options: Examples of careers in geology include the following: City or County Geologist; Engineering Geologist; Environmental Geologist; Exploration Geologist with an oil or mineral’s company; Geology teacher.
Courses required for the associate degree major at IVC may not be the same as those required for the major at a four-year school. If you plan to transfer, consult a counselor to identify the courses needed for the major at your transfer school and to develop a plan that will best meet your goals. View more information about transfering at Transfer to a Four-Year Institution.