The Geology program focuses on identifying earth materials and use of geologic maps, stratigraphic sections, remote sensing imagery, and plate tectonic concepts, then using these techniques and theory to model real-world applications.

Core Geology classes include:

  • Physical Geology
  • Historical Geology

Related electives include:

  • Physics
  • Fundamentals of Biology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Global Positioning Systems
  • Field Geology (ESC 35 classes)

Geology Majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:

At the Associate's Level:
At the Bachelor's Level:
At the Master's/Doctorate Level:

Hydrologic Technician (HydroTec)

Secondary Education (w/credential)

Certified Engineer Geologist

Geologic Technician (GeoTech)

Cartographer (maps)

Conservation Officer

Surveying Technician

Planning & Development Surveyor

Geotechnical Engineer

GIS/Geospatial Technician

GIS Technician/Analyst

Petroleum Engineer


Environmental Consultant

Certified Hydrologist


College Professor

Please see a counselor for major preparation and general education that will best meet your specific goals.

AA-T/AS-T = Associate of Arts/Science Degree for Transfer Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a transfer general education pattern, and a total of 60 transferable units that would be the typical first two years of a 4-year degree; provides a clear transfer pathway to CSU.
AA/AS = Associate of Arts/Science Degree Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a general education pattern, and a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
COA = Certificate of Achievement Formally recognizes a student’s competence in a program of study and prepares students for employment in a career/technical field. Also available for completion of a General Education Pattern for transfer. Will appear on the student’s academic transcript.
SAC = Skills Attainment Certificate Prepares students for employment with experience in specific career/technical fields. Do not appear on official transcripts.
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