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Geology

Program Details

  • Major Name: Geology
  • Degree Program: Arts and Sciences
  • Degree Designation: AA
  • College / School: STEM

Our Geology program takes a traditional approach and is typically designed for a student planning to pursue graduate study in geology or work as a professional geologist. In addition to studying earth materials, the processes that alter the Earth and the history of life on Earth, chemistry, physics and math develop the necessary knowledge and skills base for higher level geology courses and areas of specialization.

The following are the most common types of geology specializations within advanced geology degrees: economic geology, mining geology, engineering geology and petroleum geology. Graduates with a bachelor's or master's degree in geology are employed in government agencies, energy resource industries and engineering firms. A survey of geologists revealed that the average salary for entry-level geologists with a BS was $92,000 (American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2016).

Career Outcomes

A career in geology or environmental geoscience can provide many options to fit your particular interests in the earth sciences. Geoscience-related occupations are expected to grow by 10% between 2014 and 2024 (The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook) making these career choices even more appealing. Potomac State College offers a student interested in the geosciences a two-year foundation on which to begin a four-year degree.

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