The Geology Program at Keystone College seeks to provide students with a broad understanding of fundamental Earth processes including Plate Tectonics, natural resource and mineral formation, weathering and erosion, and climate change. This four-year degree combines classroom instruction with extensive training in laboratory and field skills and is intended to prepare a new generation of geoscience professionals to work in a variety of fields.
The program is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Pennsylvania State Fundamentals of Geology Exam, which allows them to apply for a Professional Geologist (PG) license after 5 years of geologic work experience. This designation as a PG is highly valued throughout the industry as a marker knowledge and skill.
Along with classroom instruction and laboratory analysis, the Geology Program stresses fieldwork as a way to prepare students for the real world challenges that face those entering the workforce in the geosciences.
Costa Rica Field Course
Join Keystone faculty on a nine-day field course to study the geology and ecology of Costa Rica, in May 2014. We will visit active volcanoes, explore boiling mud pools, and take a boat trip around the Santa Elena Peninsula to explore unique rock formation that are found in only a few places on Earth
Keystone College is the only local college to have a seismograph to monitor global earthquakes in near real-time and to aid in learning more about how and where earthquakes happen.