Geology & Earth Sciences

Program Information

Geology is the study of the earth—its substances, history and evolution of life. With rivers, mountains, oceans, and canyons, rocks, metals, minerals and fossils, the earth is a vast laboratory for geological scientists.

The Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) degree is designed to prepare students for entrance into a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Geology or Earth Sciences. The primary focus of the AS-T degree is completion of the necessary math and science requirements for junior standing at Washington state baccalaureate institutions. Students will be required to take additional general education courses after transfer. Since the B.A. degrees do not require as many math and science prerequisites, students should consider the following the AA-DTA degree guidelines. Geology is an excellent major for graduate studies in Geology, Hydrology, Environmental Science, Oceanography and Law.


Degree Option

The Associate in Science direct transfer degree is designed to provide students with a broad liberal arts background of study during their first and second years of college with an emphasis on geology. The state's two-year and four-year schools developed transfer agreements that allow students from a community college to transfer at least 90 credits (60 semester credits) to a four-year college or university. The degrees satisfy some - or all - general requirements for a bachelor's degree.



Geologists develop strong critical thinking, problem solving, communication and technical skills to work in careers fields that include environmental protection, environmental policy, conservation, hydrology, mining, natural resources, hazardous materials, consulting, research and development, education, and law.


Potential Employers

Petroleum Industry, Mining Companies, Engineering and Consulting Firms, Public and Private Schools, Colleges and Universities, and Government Agencies such as the Department of Energy, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Mines and the Environmental Protection Agency


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