Geology is the study of planet Earth and how it has evolved over time. It draws from many disciplines, including mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology in order to understand Earth materials like rocks and minerals and the processes that form and change them, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and flooding. Geology also looks at their effects on the environment and impacts on society as well as the challenges associated with water, energy and mineral resources.

Geology is an Earth science, or geoscience—it explores the interrelationships between different parts of the Earth system, including the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. It examines the present Earth in order to understand its past and to model the future. Climate change, ocean acidification, energy and resource needs, environmental protection, and responsible land and resource management are some of the concerns investigated by geoscientists.

Geology students work on a lab during class

What are the degree options

  • Geology, Associate in Science for Transfer

For Degree and Certificate requirements, please visit the College Catalog.


Fulfill GEs and Requirements for Other Programs

Several of our courses fulfill general education requirements. If you are planning to transfer, our Geology courses will satisfy requirements in Area B - Physical Universe and its Life Forms for the CSU GE Requirements and Area 5 - Physical and Biological Sciences for the IGETC requirements. Additionally, Geology courses fulfill the GE requirements for earning an Associate degree at Delta College. Please refer to the CSU GE Requirements or IGETC Requirements for a complete list of which Geology courses fulfill general education requirements.

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