Program Level: Degrees, Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: Natural Sciences
Institute: Science & Technology
College: SAC

What is Geology?

Geology is the scientific study of the Earth, including the materials that it is made of, the physical and chemical processes that occur on its surface and in its interior, and the history of the planet and its life forms. Geology also relates to human endeavors and needs, including the use of natural resources, the preservation of the environment, global change, and the mitigation of geologic hazards.

What will I learn? 

Students learn about Earth’s composition, structure, history, processes that shape Earth’s surface, and the operation and interactions among Earth’s systems. Furthermore, students explore practical matters such as resource exploration, extraction, and management, as well as hazard mitigation.

What’s special about Geology? 

Geologists solve real world problems. If you’re interested in the natural world and in giving back to your community, then solving geological problems is a great way to do that.

What can I do with this course of study? 

Students who are interested in geology will often transfer into a bachelor’s degree program to continue their studies to further prepare for a career in the field.

Geologists work in the future of energy production, carbon capture and storage, geothermal energy, mining and mineral resources, hydrogeology, environmental protection, climate change, extra-terrestrial planetary exploration, history of life on Earth, and more.

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Contact Us

David Wood
Interim Chair
Chemistry/Geology (CG) 204
(210) 486-0063

Debbie Dye
Academic Unit Assistant
CAC 345
(210) 486-0840