Geology is one of several disciplines in the Physical Science department here at Mesa Community College, the largest of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Geology is offered at the Southern & Dobson campus and at the Red Mountain campus.
Every semester, we serve roughly 600 students, the vast majority being non-science majors who enroll to satisfy their science lecture-lab requirement, as life-long learners, etc.
We offer a range of different introductory-level courses (100- and 200-level), and four separate lecture-lab combinations (101-103, 102-104, 105, and 110-111). Our labs reflect our philosophy that instruction should be interactive, dynamic, and fun. None of these classes have prerequisites.
Our convenient schedule of day and night classes is important for our many students who also work full-time during the semester. We generally offer over 20 sections of GLG 101 (lecture) and 25 sections of GLG 103 (lab). Several MCC Geology courses are also offered online.
Several field-based courses complement our program, and include field trips to the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Carlsbad Caverns, etc. Class sizes are generally small (<24 students).
Our Geology Club is an active student organization that supports outreach activities and conducts field trips. Our Geology Outreach program continues to be at the forefront of MCC's efforts to expand science awareness to K-6 students.
We currently have four full-time and roughly a dozen part-time faculty members. Our instructors are enthusiastic and employ a range of classroom methods and technologies to deliver top-notch instruction. We love to teach!