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Geology Courses

The powers of nature are never in repose, her work never stands still. - Adam Sedgwick, 18th Century Paleontologist, Founder of Modern Geology

What is Geology?

Geology is the study of the materials and processes that form the surface of the Earth or other planets. With a focus on rocks, soil and minerals, geology looks at both the history and origins of the Earth’s structure, as well as its present-day composition. With knowledge of both its past and present, geologists can better understand and help manage the dynamic and, sometimes, destructive processes that continually reshape the Earth, including landslides, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions.

Geology Courses at Macomb

In Macomb’s Geology Courses, you will see how minerals and rocks are formed and learn how to identify them. In your introduction to the geological history of the Earth, you will gain insight into the methods geologists use to unlock its secrets and how surface processes have shaped its landscape. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the geology of Michigan and the minerals, rocks, fossils and scenic features unique to its geographic location. Macomb’s Geology Courses are:

  • Geology of Michigan
  • Introduction to Physical Geology
  • Historical Geology: the Study of the Geologic History of Planet Earth

Career Opportunities with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology

While there are entry-level geological positions in the oil and mining industries and in environmental and government agencies for those with a bachelor’s degree in geology, most upper-level research and all college/university teaching positions require a master’s or doctorate degree.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology

The credits earned in Macomb’s Geology Courses transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree in geology, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Geology Courses?

For more information on Geology Courses at Macomb, contact the Associate Dean at Center Campus: 586.286.2147,, or at South Campus: 586.445.7354,

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