Geology and the geosciences are inherently interdisciplinary fields that draw on the knowledge and techniques of other natural sciences, such as biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, unified by a common desire to understand the underlying processes that formed and continue to shape the Earth. Questions of how mountains, rivers and oceans formed, where economically valuable materials are concentrated, and why continents drift or earthquakes occur fall within this study. Rocks, minerals and fossils are identified and analyzed in the context of Earth history, and the contributions of water, atmosphere and climate as erosive forces, and volcanism and plate tectonics as constructive forces are also examined. Geologists may specialize in mineral and oil extraction, groundwater resources, geophysics, natural hazards, construction, paleontology and environmental impacts and employ a variety of field, lab and modeling techniques. Students at FVCC can take all of the courses needed for the first two years of a geoscience bachelors degree at The University of Montana – Missoula and Montana State University – Bozeman.