Geology is the study of the Earth. Geologists apply a wide range of scientific ideas and techniques to understand both the processes that are changing the planet today as well as those that have shaped it—and the life it supports—during the past 4.6 billion years. Geologists play key roles in helping society manage Earth resources, assess the threats posed by geologic hazards and understand the rapid changes now occurring in the planet's environment. All of these issues are expected to become more critical as Earth's human population grows, which is why the geoscience workforce is predicted to increase faster (14%) during the coming decade than the overall U.S. workforce (11%). Please check with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
Although geology careers are remarkably diverse they all have two things in common. First, field work is an integral part of every geologist’s training and so the discipline often appeals to folks who like to be outdoors. Second, because geologists use ideas from many different disciplines to answer questions about the Earth they are broadly trained in the other physical and life sciences as well as mathematics. You can learn more about the range of jobs geologists do from the American Geosciences Institute's "Geoscience Careers" website. The Associate of Science in Geology for Transfer prepares students for further studies towards a baccalaureate degree in Geology or another Earth Science from the California State University (CSU). Note: Some career options may require more than two years of college level study.
Paul Dawson taught geology and engineering at the College of the Siskiyous from 1962 to 1986 and inspired generations of students with his enthusiasm, knowledge of local geology and great stories. Following his death in 1996, Paul's family and friends established a scholarship fund to assist outstanding COS earth science and natural resources students continue their educations. In order to be eligible to receive the $750 award a student must:
The application period for the Paul Dawson Memorial Scholarship is January 1 to March 15 and the award recipient will be notified by May 31. Additional information and an online application are available from the COS Foundation's scholarship page. If you have any questions about the scholarship or the application process please call (530) 938-5373.
For information or questions regarding this or other programs at College of the Siskiyous contact the Office of Instruction.
Dr. Zachary Zweigle, Dean of Instruction
Email: Office of Instruction
Phone: (530) 938-5201