A basic group of geology courses is offered so that students may gain an understanding of the Earth's surfaces and interior, and the processes that have changed Earth through time. Students who take basic geology courses at YVCC learn geology through classroom activities, lab work, field trips, and assigned readings. They acquire the ability to examine the natural world analytically, using skills developed in department courses and drawing conclusions from their observations.

Nisqually River Valley, Mt. Rainier

Courses are taught for students who wish to explore the field for future study, to satisfy natural science requirements, or to learn for personal enrichment.