Geology, Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College is a two year college .
Overview and Context
Goals and Assessment
Courses and Sequencing
Entry into the program
- Physical Geology
- Historical Geology
- Field Studies in Geology
- A two-semester sequence in Oceanography
- Environmental Geology (Prerequisite: Physical or Historical Geology)
- Mineralogy and Paleontology are both featured in our course catalog, but neither has been taught in several years. Mineralogy was offered twice, but failed to attract enough students for the course to run, and Paleontology will be offered for the first time in a coming semester.
Since there is no geology "major," no electives are explicitly required. However, the Annandale campus of NOVA offers some unique courses. Supported by Virginia Community College System professional development grants, we have developed and teach
- a 2-credit course on the Oceanography of the Chesapeake Bay
- a 2-credit course on the Snowball Earth hypothesis
- a 4-credit field-based course: 'Mid-Atlantic Field Geology for Educators'
- a 4-credit field-based course: 'Regional Field Geology of the Northern Rockies'
- For our Physical Geology, Historical Geology, and Oceanography classes, we offer an honors option. Honors students participate in local field trips, attend local talks and seminars, and complete an independent research project. Typically, we get a dozen honors students each academic year.