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Introductory Geology and Earth Science, Tidewater Community College, Chesapeake Campus

Information for this profile was provided by Azam Tabrizi and Shelley Jaye in 2009. Information is also available on the program website

Tidewater Community College, Chesapeake Campus is a two year college .

Overview and Context

Illustration of the Tidewater Community College Introductory Geology and Earth Science curriculum, constructed by Monica Bruckner, based on information provided by Azam Tabrizi and Shelley Jaye. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Introductory Geology and Earth Science curriculum.
The Geology Program at Tidewater Community College is a non-major program. The students can take the individual or sequence of geology courses to satisfy their science requirements for an Associate degree in Science or Arts. TCC prepares standard curriculum students to transfer to four year colleges (such as ODU, UVA,W&M and Virginia Tech) to pursue a BS or BA degree.

Program Design

The geology curriculum is a good choice for both science and non-science majors. The community college serves the entire community therefore the curriculum is designed to assist all students in having a much better understanding of their natural environment. The curriculum is designed to answer the basic questions about the physical processes that have shaped the Earth and have contributed to its place and evolution within our solar system. The inquiry based curriculum contributes to development of problem solving skills thus assisting in the student's preparation for more advanced courses at the community college, a four-year university, or into the workforce.

Goals and Assessment

The primary goal of the curriculum is to provide the students a current and relevant base of knowledge in Earth System processes. Additionally, the curriculum will allow the students to increase their vocabulary as well as their research, writing, interpretive and technological skills.

The goals are assessed through student success. Student outcomes from a variety of challenging projects and "real world" problems assist us in refining and updating the curriculum to meet the needs of students in understanding their changing local, national and global environment.

Courses and Sequencing

Entry into the program

  • Earth Science
  • Physical Geology
  • Historical Geology

Additional Materials




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