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Associate in Science Transfer (Track 1) - Biological Sciences, Environmental/Resource Sciences, Chemistry, Geology...
Building 27, Room 317
Are you curious about how the Earth works? Do you want a career that takes you out in nature? A degree in geology could be for you.
In this program, you will study the science of our planet, including its history, landforms, resources and natural systems. You’ll explore the role of geology and minerals in your everyday lives and learn how to interpret maps and identify minerals and rocks. This pre-major program is designed to prepare you to transfer at the junior level into a geology or related degree program at a four-year college or university.
Whether want to research volcanoes or earthquakes, work in the environmental field, or pursue a career in private industry, government or as a teacher, this program will lay the groundwork for a variety of geology-related career options.
Employment opportunities in the earth sciences are considerably varied. A four-year or graduate-level degree in the earth sciences can lead to careers as science educators at the K/12 and collegiate levels as well as researchers in a variety of subdisciplines such as volcanology, marine geology, paleontology, seismology, tectonics, mineralogy, hydrology, soils, engineering geology, and geologic hazards. Earth science careers within industry include natural resource exploration and development (minerals and energy), and numerous options in the field of environmental assessment and remediation. Public agency positions for earth scientists range from local, city and county to the state and federal levels.
For more information on earth science careers, go to:
U.S. Dept. of Labor's Occupational Outlook for Geoscientists
EnviroEducation's Educational and Career Outlook for Geology
Links to the Latest Jobs Available in Geosciences
Profiles of Geoscientists
Careers in the Geosciences
Because of the nature of their work, earth scientists are often required to travel to unique and diverse locations worldwide; relocation for job prospects, depending on the branch of earth science pursued, should be considered. Future employment trends in the earth sciences will focus on an increasing awareness to environmental systems including water, soil, and biological resources. The understanding of pollutants and contamination of earth systems will continue to be a challenge for future generations.
SCC's new geology laboratory is located in Room 303 of the state-of-the-art Science Building (Building 27) on the SCC campus. The lab has numerous displays of mineral, rock, and fossil specimens.
GEOL& 100 — Survey of Earth Science — 5.0
This course provides a survey of Earth including topics on rock and mineral characteristics, natural hazards, surface and groundwater environments, marine and continental environments, resources, and landforms. This is a non-lab physical science course, and credit will not be granted for both GEOL& 100 and GEOL& 101.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
GEOL& 101 — Intro Physical Geology — 5.0
An introductory course in geology designed to acquaint beginning geology students with the importance of geology and minerals in their everyday lives through the study of the general concepts of geology, plate tectonics, earthquakes, mountain building, formation of continents, materials on earth, erosional processes and patterns, underground water, glaciation, and shoreline formations. Laboratory covers mineral and rock identification and map interpretation. Credit will not be granted for both GEOL& 100 and GEOL& 101.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
GEOL 116 — Environmental Geology — 5.0
An introduction to environmental geology including geologic processes and landforms. An emphasis on practical applications using case history studies involving engineering and environmental problems as they relate to geologic settings.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
GEOL 201 — The Earth Through Time — 5.0
The course is an overview of earth's geologic history through time. Topics of discussion include the geologic formation of the earth and its rock types, as well as the evolution of lifeforms through time. The effects of plate tectonics on paleoclimates, paleogeography, and evolutionary patterns for the major continental and marine ecosystems are considered. Meets A.A. degree lab science requirement. Prerequisite: GEOL& 101, 100 or 1 year of high school science.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
GEOL 210 — Pacific Northwest Geology — 5.0
An overview of the geologic history of the Pacific Northwest. Emphasis is on the plate tectonic relationships between the various geologic regions of the Northwest via hands-on interpretations of rocks, geologic maps and field observations. Prerequisite: GEOL& 101 (formerly GEOL 101) or permission of instructor.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
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