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Geology Pathway (A.S.)

Geology is the study of the Earth. Geology describes planets’ composition and the processes operating within and on its surface, its history and life. Geologists seek to understand these processes and answer practical questions using a wide array of scientific and engineering techniques ranging from field mapping, geophysical measurements, geochemical analyses, biological studies, earth and space-bound remote sensing.

The aim of geology is to ensure the future of humanity and the environment by understanding our planet’s past through identifying and discovering new energy and material resources including freshwater from both terrestrial and extraterrestrial sources; forecasting and mitigating geologic hazards (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and landslides); formulating possible solutions to slow down anthropogenic climate change; educating the public and stakeholders on stewardship of the environment; and assisting policy and decision makers with the guiding principle that "civilizations exist by geological consent, subject to change without notice" by Will Durant.

This geology pathway is a curriculum designed to prepare students to transition into the Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Spatial Analysis at the University of North Georgia or to transfer to another four-year institution. Students who complete the Associate of Science in Geology and wish to continue their undergraduate studies at UNG should make an appointment with their academic advisor to explore the Earth System Science or Engineering concentration area and discuss which directed electives are most relevant to the field of geology.

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