Earth science courses at WVC include introduction to physical geology, geology of
the Pacific Northwest, environmental geology, introduction to astronomy, introduction
to weather, a course on earth's changing climate, and special topics and independent
study. The Earth Sciences department at Wenatchee Valley College currently offers
geology of the Pacific Northwest as an online course, teaches introduction to astronomy
as a hybrid distance learning course that meets in person for labs, and makes use
of digital learning and communications tools to enrich all its courses.
Study the geologic processes that shape the earth. Determine how the earth works and
its history by applying principles of geology, chemistry and physics. Topics include
plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks, minerals, glaciers, rivers, geologic
maps and the structure of the earth. May include field trips. Includes laboratory.
Prerequisites: MATH 093 or higher.
Learn Pacific Northwest geology and geologic history by studying rocks, sediments,
landforms, fossils, geologic maps and geologic structures. Examine how plate tectonics,
volcanoes, faulting, folding, rock formations, geologic time, mountain building, terrain
accretion, earthquakes, glaciers, rivers and floods have created our land and resources.
May require field trip(s). Includes laboratory.
Explore how the earth environment controls human existence and how earth itself changes
in response to human activities. Study the determining factors and predict the effects
of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, floods, changing climates and human
use of earth's resources of energy, minerals, water and soil. Prerequisites: MATH
093 or higher.