Students atop Sentinel Dome show how much they love geology at LTCC!
Hexagons patterns, shown here in Devils Postpile National Monument, are often repeated in nature.  Why do they exist and can you think of any other examples?
South Rim of the Grand Canyon and over 2 billion years of geologic history on display.
The Race Track in Death Valley National Park is home to a variety of unique features.  What forces could make these rocks move?
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The Geology program at Lake Tahoe Community College provides students with general background knowledge in the field of Geology through lecture, lab, and field-based courses.

Students will gain a broader understanding of their physical environment and the interconnectedness between it and other disciplines.

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Program Learning Outcomes
• Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends.
• Apply the scientific method to analyze geologic structures, processes and issues on a local, regional, national and/or global level.
• Communicate the complexity of the natural environment into its component interconnected systems.


Transfer Degree

To obtain the Associate in Arts in Geology for Transfer degree, students must complete the following requirements:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

See current catalog for details.


All courses from the following (42.25 units):

CHM 101 General Chemistry I (5.75)
CHM 102 General Chemistry II (5.75)
CHM 103 General Chemistry III (5.75)
GEL 102 Physical Geology (5)
GEL 103 History of Earth and its Life (5)
MAT 105 Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Part I) (5)
MAT 106 Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Part II) (5)
MAT 107 Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Part III) (5)

C. ELECTIVE UNITS to bring the total to 90.