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Keenan Murray (619) 660-4248


Geology is a science focused on the dynamic Earth. Inside the Earth, this includes the study of how minerals and rocks are formed and what causes earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. On the surface of the Earth, this includes the study of how plate tectonics, water, and wind shape the surface of the Earth into landforms such as mountains and canyons. Geology also includes investigation of how the Earth developed and its place in the Solar System.
Earth Sciences is the broader study of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Geologists and Earth Scientists work both locally and globally to explore, understand, and protect our planet.

The Earth is a complex, interconnected system. Understanding how it works is essential for addressing challenges such as energy and mineral resources, pollution, and climate change. It is also rewarding to be able to look at the natural world around us and understand, for example, how Yosemite Valley formed or why volcanoes erupt. Geologists and Earth Scientists play critical roles in private corporations, government, and nonprofits.



Geology courses offered at Cuyamaca College include:

  • Earth Science which studies the interconnected solid Earth, oceans, and atmosphere along with Earth’s history and place in the Solar System. Climate change is also explored.
  • Planet Earth which investigates the composition of the Earth, the geologic processes by which it formed, and human impact on the Earth, including climate change. Emphasis is placed on the unifying theory of plate tectonics and the associated activities of volcanism, earthquakes, and mountain building.
  • Laboratory classes which use the scientific method to study rocks, landforms, plate tectonics, and the climate system.


Jennifer Olim

Jennifer Olim



Jennifer Olim is an Adjunct Professor in the Science and Engineering Department. She teaches Geology, Oceanography, and Physics. Jennifer earned her PhD in Geology from the University of Minnesota. Her Master's and Bachelor's degrees are in Physics, from the University of Toronto and University of Victoria. 
Jennifer is excited to share her passion for our amazing planet with students. She truly enjoys connecting with students and values the diverse experiences they bring to class.


Career Opportunities

  • Career Opportunities
  • Environmental Consulting and Non Profits
  • Renewable Energy Companies
  • Oil and Gas Companies
  • Mineral Companies
  • Engineering Geology
  • Environmental Law
  • Science Writing
  • Teaching
  • Research Scientist
  • Government Agencies such as the National Park Service, the United States Geological Survey, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Interior, and state water agencies.

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