Department of Geology

It's More Than Rocks.

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What is geology?

Geology is so much more than rocks - geology is the study of our entire physical planet. This discipline aims to understand Earth's history and to explain the natural processes in action around us every day. From earthquakes and volcanoes to deep ocean trenches and colossal mountains - geologists study it all.

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Why take a geology course?

Many geology courses offered at Collin College will satisfy part of the General Education Core requirement for Life & Physical Sciences. Studying geology provides a background for careers in natural resources, meteorology, energy, engineering, geophysics, environmental sciences, and education.

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Want to know more?

Students should visit with a Collin College academic advisor for more information about the General Education Core, transferring to a four-year college / university, or completing your associate's degree.

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Augmented Reality Sandbox

Our Augmented Reality Sandbox helps students look at topography in a new way by creating landforms and manipulating topographic lines in real time.

The AR Sandbox was developed by U.C. Davis' KeckCAVES. Check out Collin's AR Sandbox in the Collin College News and in the Dallas Morning News.

Courses

We offer courses geared towards non-science majors, science majors, and potential geology majors.

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GEOL 1401: Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors I

An introductory survey of the Earth science disciplines geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. GEOL 1401 is also offered as a blended course.


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GEOL 1402: Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors II

An extension of the study of geology, astronomy, meteorology and oceanography, focusing on natural resources, natural hazards, and climate variability.


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GEOL 1403: Physical Geology

An introduction to the study of the materials and processes that have modified and shaped the surface and interior of Earth over time.


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GEOL 1404: Historical Geology

A comprehensive survey of the history of life and major events in the physical development of Earth as interpreted from rocks and fossils.


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GEOL 1445: Oceanography

A study of aspects of the ocean including: origins, plate tectonics, sediments, seawater chemistry, currents, waves, tides, coastal features, ecosystems, and resources.


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GEOL 1447: Introduction to Meteorology

An examination of the Earth's atmosphere, global climate, and associated environmental factors.


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GEOL 1305: Natural Disasters

A lecture survey of the forces, including humans, that shape our physical and biologic environment, and how they affect life on Earth.


For more information about geology courses, please see the Collin College online catalog and visit with an academic advisor.

Contacts

Central Park Campus

Brett Burkett

Faculty, Discipline Lead

Office: LA209

Phone: 972.548.6510

Email: bburkett@collin.edu


Shannon Burkett

Lab Assistant

Phone: 972.548.6611

Email: sburkett@collin.edu

Preston Ridge Campus

Paul Manganelli

Faculty

Office: U129

Phone: 972.377.1086

Email: pmanganelli@collin.edu


Dr. Jud May

Faculty

Office: U129A

Phone: 972.377.1635

Email: smay@collin.edu


Rebecca Kleinman

Lab Assistant

Phone: 972.377.1632

Email: rkleinman@collin.edu

Spring Creek Campus

Dr. Neal Alexandrowicz

Faculty

Office: J135

Phone: 972.881.5836

Email: nalexandrowicz@collin.edu


Dr. Patrick Gonsoulin-Getty

Faculty

Office: J246

Phone: 972.881.5166

Email: pgonsoulingetty@collin.edu


Stacey Bilich

Lab Instructor

Phone: 972-881-5936

Email: sbilich@collin.edu

Resources

These online resources are intended for use as study supplements; they do not substitute for the experience you will gain in the laboratory.

Mineral Study Resources

Click on the links below to learn about minerals.

Smithsonian Mineral Gallery

Sandatlas

GIA Gem Encyclopedia

Collin College student collection

Rock Study Resources

Click on the links below to learn about rocks.

Smithsonian Rock Gallery

Sandatlas

Collin College rock collection