Geology

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480-461-7015

This program is part of the Physical Science Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Geology

If the makeup of the earth and its internal processes captivate you, consider a career in the geological sciences. Our Geology program will provide you with insights into the ancient history of the planet, its inner workings, and the fascinating movement of its tectonic plates that continue to shape the world and impact modern life through its seismic activity. Expert instructors will reveal how different types of rocks and geological formations were created and more. You’ll learn how to interpret the origin, distribution, and uses of geological resources, and synthesize field data and spatial relationships to create geologic maps and cross-sections. You’ll also investigate the causes and impacts of natural hazards and learn how to interpret scientific data.

Earning a bachelor’s degree after completing our Geology program can lead to employment as a research lab or field technician in environmental geology, mining, petroleum exploration, geological engineering, forestry, conservation, and hydrology. With a graduate degree, you could also become a secondary school teacher, university professor, geologic consultant, seismologist, volcanologist, paleontologist, or geologist in a variety of areas.

Start your journey in our Geology program and uncover new career possibilities. It’s time to make it happen.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Transfer Degree

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 degree options for the Geology program
At MCC, get an... Emphasis in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Science, Emphasis in Geology Geology Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Earth and Space Exploration (Geological Sciences)
(Bachelor of Science)
University of Arizona Geosciences (Geology Emphasis)
(Bachelor of Science)

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Geology program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Science Teachers

$71,144

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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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