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Why Geology?

The science of geology seeks to understand the Earth and the natural processes that act within the Earth’s environment. The basic concepts of geology overlap several disciplines within the natural sciences. Knowledge of geology provides a background for careers in natural resources, meteorology, energy, engineering, geophysics, the environmental field, and education.

Many geology courses offered at Collin College will satisfy part of the General Education Core requirement for Life & Physical Sciences.

The Associate of Science degree with coursework in geology prepares the student to pursue university studies leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

Students should visit with an academic advisor to ensure the best selection of courses to complete the General Education Core and/or an associate degree, and to transfer to their chosen major for a baccalaureate.

Course Offerings

Course Description

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

GEOL 1447: Introduction to Meteorology

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

For additional information, please visit the Collin College Catalog.

Central Park Campus

Brett Burkett

Faculty, Discipline Lead

Office: LA209

Phone: 972.548.6510

Email: bburkett@collin.edu

Lee Powell

Associate Dean

Office: B122B

Phone: 972.548.6725

Email: wlpowell@collin.edu

Campus

2200 W. University Drive

McKinney, TX 75071

972.548.6790

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Preston Ridge Campus

Dr. Jud May

Faculty

Office: U129A

Phone: 972.377.1635

Email: smay@collin.edu

Paul Manganelli

Faculty

Office: U129

Phone: 972.377.1086

Email: pmanganelli@collin.edu

Dr. Dawn Richardson

Associate Dean

Office: J140A

Phone: 972.377.1725

Email: drichardson@collin.edu

Campus

9700 Wade Boulevard

Frisco, TX 75035

972.377.1790

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Spring Creek Campus

Dr. Neal Alexandrowicz

Faculty

Office: J134/135

Phone: 972.881.5836

Email: nalexandrowicz@collin.edu

Daphne Babcock

Interim Associate Dean

Office: J112A

Phone: 972.578.5518

Email: dbabcock@collin.edu

Dr. Patrick Getty

Faculty

Office: J246

Phone: 972.881.5166

Email: PGonsoulinGetty@collin.edu

Stacey Bilich

Lab Instructor

Office: I119

Phone: 972.881.5936

Email: sbilich@collin.edu

Campus

2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway

Plano, TX 75074

972.881.5790

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Mineral & Rock Study Resources


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