Life Sciences Program Chair: 
Lynne Fox-Parrish

Physical Sciences Program Chair:
David Olson

Department Office
(970) 339-6233


If you’ve ever wondered about the rocks and minerals that make up our planet Earth, consider taking a geology class. Geology studies the history of Earth and its materials and structure, as well as how those things have changed over time. Learn how and where minerals such as gold, diamonds, and emeralds form; how glaciers help shape Colorado’s landscape; how the Rocky Mountains formed and about the dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals that used to roam the land we live on today. Geology is the ultimate history course; each layer of rock is a page in Earth’s history going back 4.6 billion years.

Students who are interested in pursuing a four-year or graduate degree in geology after graduating from Aims can choose from several career opportunities, including:

  • Geologist
  • Environmental Geology
  • Paleobiology
  • Science Writing and Editing
  • Environmental Law
  • Engineering Geology
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Education

Aims offers Physical Geology and Historical Geology. Check the schedule for current class offerings.