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The Classroom Experience

You can prepare for a career in geology by completing a two-year Associate in Science degree program at Lake Michigan College and transferring credits to a four-year university.

The Geology program incorporates lecture and lab time in science-based courses.

"My goal for the geology program is to have students see how the world works, and in turn, have a greater appreciation of the Earth," says LMC program coordinator and instructor Dr. Cole Lovett. "Students will see the effects of our actions on the Earth, and hopefully leave the course with the mindset to safe-guard our world."

LMC instructors will expect you to be committed to your studies. Since many of these classes are introductory or general overviews, it is vital to your academic success to attend and actively participate in every class.

Labs require problem solving skills and teamwork. While working in pairs, you will conduct labs on topographical map reading, mineral identification, and rock identification.

With a maximum of 24 students to a class, you will have opportunities to ask questions and work closely with the instructor.

Overall, the geology courses offered at LMC are aimed at preparing you to be successful at a four-year college. LMC will provide you with the broad science knowledge you will need to succeed in higher-level courses.

Technology in the Classroom
A variety of technologies are used in conjunction with traditional lecture and hands-on activities. PowerPoint presentations, videos, DVDs, the Internet and materials available on Canvas - the College's instructional Intranet - play an important role in class.

Getting the Most from the Program
"If students are struggling in class, I encourage them to come see me during office hours or go to the Tutoring Center," says Dr. Lovett. "It is important that students ask questions early on. This prevents falling behind in class."

By keeping in touch with your advisor, you can make sure you are on the right track to making a smooth transfer to a four-year school.

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