Where to Start


Noblett-Witter Family Fund gives students the opportunity to get internships from Florida, Alaska, to right here in Denver

Research with faculty under a large variety of earth science subjects

The department provides the opportunity for you to go to a conference to present your research

Classes travel to all parts of the Southwest and beyond to visit geologic sites, museums, and earth science labs

CC geology Alumni form a network useful after graduating - Notable Alumni are highlighted every year in the Precambrien Basement, the annual geology News letter.


The small number of majors and courses being taught once a year leads to close bonds between students in the major

Individuals who hold historically excluded gender identities meet once a semester for Geology soup nights

Geology majors over the age of 21 can come to geology pub nights, organized by the Paraprofessionals, at local spots around town once a month


Careers in Geology

Work force Infographic from American Geosciences Institute (AGI) outlining all the potential earth science jobs that exist

Figure published by American Geoscience Institute (AGI) outlining potential career paths for students who graduation with an earth science degree. Illustrated by Kathleen Cantner, Content by Heather Houlton and Abigail Seadler

AIG flowchart showing the number of students from each type of earth science major that get first jobs in various industries

Flowchart published by American Geoscience Institute (AGI) that connects recent earth science graduates with the industry of their first job. Created by M. Krzywinski (2009)



How do I start?

 Major Requirements

Flowchart outlining the class order or flow of the CC Geology Major

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Recommended Timeline

1st/2nd year

  • Take an Intro block!
  • Get started on the Natural Science Breadth courses
  • Maybe take a 200 level geology course

2nd year

  • Take GY211 and/or GY212
  • Start to take 300 level courses

3rd year

  • Continue taking 300 level courses
  • start planning capstone research

4th year

  • Finish 300 level courses
  • complete capstone research project


Suggested Specializations

Surface Geology GY305, GY315, GY320, GY335

Subsurface Geology GY305, GY310, GY315, GY360

Phyiscal Geology GY305, GY315, GY320, + one

Geochemical GY310, GY335, GY360, + one



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Upcoming Geology Talks

Geology News

GeoMAP Antarctica, the initial comprehensive digital database that consolidates all existing geological information of Antarctica

Christine Siddoway and her colleagues developed a ground-breaking geospatial resource for Antarctic Research!


Christine Siddoway has long worked on the bedrock geology of Antarctica, involving CC Geology majors and collaborating with international colleagues. Lately, this work culminated in the publication of Antarctic GeoMAP in Nature Data Science. The groundbreaking geospatial resource is the first interactive, queriable, online GIS for the Antarctic continent. GeoMAP serves geologists, glaciologists, climate scientists, and biologists whose work examines the interrelationships between the ice sheet and the bedrock. More than 20 CC geology majors participated in the decade of work leading up to the GeoMap release. Four CC alums are co-authors, with Sam Elkind ’16 having a leading role. Coauthors Elkind and Lexie Millikin ’17 had Witter Family Fund internships that were important to the success of the international collaboration on the Antarctic dataset.

Full story by Miriam Roth



Tectonic Triumph: Tigers’ keeper Lucas Bush won the National Collegiate Club Socer Championship Tournament MVP, with highlights including the “incredible save on a penalty kick versus UVA.”




Contact Us

Department of Geology
Colorado College
14 E. Cache La Poudre
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-389-6621
FAX: 719-389-6910