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This program is part of the Physical Science Department.


Geology plays a role in every aspect of your life. Materials that you use every day, oil, metals, soaps, etc., all come from natural resources that have been discovered and mined by geologists. The understanding of how the interior and exterior of the planet works helps geologist locate these resources. In addition, many of the hazards facing the world today, including earthquakes, volcanoes and the changing climate are better understood through geology.

The Geology program at MCC is ideal for the student who wants to major in geology at a four-year university or simply wants to expand their knowledge in this discipline. Contact the Physical Science Department for more information, advising, and to get started today.


Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer options for the Geology program
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Associate in Arts Geology Emphasis to ASU Arizona State University Earth and Space Exploration (Geological Sciences) (Bachelor of Science)
Associate in Arts Geology Emphasis to UA and NAU Northern Arizona University Geology (Bachelor of Science)
University of Arizona Geosciences (Geology) (Bachelor of Science)

Career Opportunities

The Geology program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $82,590
Conservation Scientists $68,230
Environmental Engineers $68,850
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health $63,080
Geological and Petroleum Technicians $42,590
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $80,540
Hydrologists $67,760
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $79,040
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Geology program is available through the Physical Science department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.