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This program is part of the Physical Science Department.
Geoscientists seek to understand the Earth’s composition, natural systems, and history. Our understanding of processes such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, landslides, floods, land subsidence, coastal processes, and climate changes have a tremendous impact on human activity and, indeed, human life! Humans depend on Earth’s resources including surface and ground water, soils for growing crops and building materials, fossil and nuclear fuels, metallic and non-metallic building materials. Geoscientists work to find and manage such resources. Deciphering Earth’s long history may provide us with potential insights into our own future.
In addition to natural resource companies including the mining and fossil fuel industries, Geologists are routinely employed by research agencies including those in federal, state and local governments as well as non-profit organizations; geologic engineering, hydrological, and environmental consulting firms; and secondary schools, colleges and universities. Most entry level work requires a bachelor’s degree. Graduate degrees are often required for research and supervisory geologists as well as post-secondary faculty positions. Most graduate degrees focus on specialties including but not limited to geochemistry, geophysics, paleontology, planetary geology, geological/mining/petroleum engineering, and hydrology. Other fields/majors such as civil engineering, forestry, sustainability, and environmental sciences either require or strongly recommend some background courses in geology.
Many geoscientists spend some time in the field gathering samples, collecting data and/or determining spatial relationships. An office or laboratory environment is often used for data analysis and synthesis often using computers for the preparation of written reports, maps, and cross sections.
If the study of the Earth captivates you, please consider starting your career in the Geological Sciences!
University Transfer Degree
Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a university? 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.
|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)
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.
$60,917 Show expanded career information for Conservation Scientists
$96,934 Show expanded career information for Environmental Engineers
Environmental Scientists and Specialists
$64,000 Show expanded career information for Environmental Scientists and Specialists
$49,610 Show expanded career information for Foresters
$40,006 Show expanded career information for Geological Technicians
$84,673 Show expanded career information for Geoscientists
$98,930 Show expanded career information for Hydrologists
Mining and Geological Engineers
$79,875 Show expanded career information for Mining and Geological Engineers
$60,917 Show expanded career information for Park Naturalists
Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Science Teachers
$63,538 Show expanded career information for Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Science Teachers
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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