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Geology

Students at any college can earn an award (degree or cert) in any of these programs. However, students may need to complete certain courses at other colleges within the District.

Program Overview

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.

Why Scottsdale Community College?

Do you enjoy looking at rocks and minerals? Are you fascinated by fossils and the evolution of Earth and life? Did you know that geologists are responsible for discovering the materials used in our modern technologies?  The geology program will provide students with the skills to discover, recognize and use the Earth’s natural resources to promote the quality of human life. Students will study Earth’s composition, history, surface processes, and internal workings. Study of geology leads to careers ranging from hydrologist, petroleum geologist, seismologist and volcanologist.

Students in the Geology program earn the Associate of Science, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and online. Most students take a combination of in-person and online or hybrid courses to complete their Geology studies. 

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • GEOS Club

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.

Textbooks

Most of our courses use low-cost textbooks or no cost material provided by your instructors. General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.