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The Geology section offers two Core curriculum courses. Physical Geology (GEY 111) features basic information about rocks and minerals as well as the latest information on volcanoes, earthquakes and the moving crust of the Earth (Continental Drift/Plate Tectonics). General information about the earth’s many landforms is presented. A field trip is taken each semester to study Front Range Geology and/or settings such as the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Much of this course is pertinent to everyday life. The second Core course is Historical Geology (GEY 112). This course presents “Life through the Ages” with a lab emphasis on fossils. Colorado offers many field trip opportunities in this area including Prehistoric Journey, a multi-million dollar exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

See the Associate of Science - Geology Degree with Designation Recommended Progression:

Geology Pathway

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs)

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains an AS degree in Geology from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of biological vocabulary, geological principles, and key concepts in the geology discipline, apply this vocabulary, and these principles and key concepts to interpret new information and situations.
  • Identify, integrate, and analyze information or data to formulate and defend scientific predictions and conclusions within the geology discipline.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of experimental design and methodology within the geology discipline.
  • Communicate geological information clearly and logically.
  • Use mathematical methods, reasoning and strategies to investigate and solve problems within the geology discipline.
  • Describe examples of the impact of geology on society, and apply scientific information to decision making.


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