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Geology

Geology is the study of Earth, its material composition, and the processes that affect its surface and interior. Students of geology evaluate the dynamic transformations that our planet experiences today in order to better understand how it evolved in the past and will change in the future. A full understanding of these changes provides a greater appreciation for the relationship between humans and their physical environment.

Admissions 
Students interested in pursuing a degree in geology should follow the admissions guidelines pertaining to the Associate of Science degree.

Prerequisites

  • Geology classes require prerequisites in math and reading.
  • Students must have completed a minimum of Math 0481 with a C or better or must achieve a qualifying score on the Math Placement Exam.
  • Students must achieve a minimum score of Reading Level 1 to enroll in geology classes.

Academic Information

Program Requirements

Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.

Degree

Recommended Course List

  • Earth Science 1101, 1102
  • Mathematics 2231, 2232
  • Chemistry 1551, 1552
  • Physics 2111, 2112

All other course work must satisfy the general education requirements for the Associate of Science degree.

Sample Class Schedule

  • Semester 1
      • English 1101
      • Math 2231
      • Chem 1551
      • General Ed requirement
  • Semester 2
      • English 1102
      • Math 2232
      • Chem 1552
      • General Ed requirement
  • Semester 3
      • Earth 1101
      • Physics 2111
      • Speech 1100
      • General Ed requirement
  • Semester 4
      • Earth 1102
      • Physics 2112
      • General Ed requirement
      • General Ed requirement  

Geology Lab/Classroom

The College of DuPage Geology Laboratory/Classroom is located in the newly renovated Berg Instructional Center (Room 3644). Its features include:

  • A comprehensive collection of museum- and demonstration-quality specimens of rocks, minerals, and fossils.
  • A comprehensive collection of topographic and geologic maps representing locations from around the United States.
  • Water and gas supplies as well as a fully integrated ventilation hood to permit safe physical and chemical analysis of earth materials.
  • A fully integrated audio-visual system to provide up-to-the-minute access to online and offline electronic resources.
  • A heavy-duty rock saw, rock polisher, and rock splitter for specimen processing.

The College of DuPage Earth Science Library/Student Workroom (Room 3617) is located directly across the corridor from the Geology Lab. It provides students with access to archival copies of geology journals and texts as well as a physical space to complete projects and activities outside of scheduled class time. 

Faculty Advisors

Joseph Filomena, Geology
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3518B, (630) 942-2029

Mark Sutherland, Geology
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3518C, (630) 942-2505

Spotlight

  • Mark Sutherland

    Mark SutherlandEarth Science

    "I couldn't think of a better way to share my passion for geology than to help others learn more about it and hopefully inspire others as my teachers have inspired me."

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  • Matthew Bonnan

    Matthew BonnanEarth Science

    Bonnan credits his start at COD with his success in his field. The vertebrae paleobiologist graduated the College in 1993.

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