The Geology Associate in Science for Transfer degree from Bakersfield College is a two-year program designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the Earth's structure, processes, and history.

The program includes courses in physical and historical geology, mineralogy, and environmental geology. Graduates of this program are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue careers in the fields of geology, environmental science, mining, and natural resource management, or to transfer to a four-year university to continue their education.

What is Geology?

Geology is the scientific study of the Earth's physical structure, processes, and history. It involves investigating the composition, structure, and properties of rocks, minerals, and other geological materials, as well as studying natural phenomena such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and erosion. Geologists also examine the Earth's history through the study of fossils, sedimentary deposits, and other geological records, in order to better understand how the planet has changed over time. The insights gained through the study of geology can be applied to a wide range of fields, including natural resource management, environmental science, and engineering.

Is Studying Geology Right for Me?

An associate degree in geology would benefit individuals who are interested in the Earth's physical environment and the natural processes that shape our planet. Those who have a curious mind and a love for science and the outdoors, as well as an interest in the application of science to real-world problems, may find the geology program particularly rewarding. A desire to work in natural resource management, environmental science, or mining, as well as an aptitude for math and science, would also be beneficial for those pursuing an associate degree in geology. Additionally, individuals who plan to transfer to a four-year university to continue their education in geology or a related field may find this program to be an excellent starting point.

There are several key traits and skills that would make someone a good fit for studying geology, including:

  • Curiosity
  • Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem-solving
  • Fieldwork skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Math and science skills

Geology Degree

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The Associate in Science in Geology Degree for Transfer provides a path to students who wish to transfer to a CSU in the field of geology and serves the diverse needs of students who wish to obtain a broad and an in-depth understanding of the geological sciences. Additionally, the Associate of Science in Geology Degree for Transfer allows students to learn the fundamental principles and practices of geology in order to create a solid foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational endeavors
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Geology Careers

An associate degree in geology can prepare individuals for entry-level positions in a variety of fields, including:

  • Environmental consulting firms: Geology graduates can work for consulting firms that provide environmental assessments, site remediation, and regulatory compliance services.
  • Mining industry: Geology graduates can work for mining companies in a variety of roles, such as exploration, mine planning, and environmental management.
  • Oil and gas industry: Geology graduates can work for oil and gas companies in positions related to exploration, drilling, and production.
  • State and federal government agencies: Geology graduates can work for state and federal government agencies responsible for managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and mitigating natural hazards.
  • Education: Geology graduates can pursue careers in education, either as teachers or as educational program coordinators.
  • Environmental advocacy organizations: Geology graduates can work for nonprofit organizations that advocate for environmental protection and natural resource conservation.
  • Geotechnical firms: Geology graduates can work for geotechnical firms, which specialize in analyzing and mitigating geological hazards such as landslides and earthquakes.
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Transfer to a University

Graduates with an Associate in Arts for Transfer or an Associate in Science for Transfer from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. Students with an Associate in Arts/Science for Transfer degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community major. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Physical Science

Career & Learning Pathway: Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Pathway

Courses: Geology (GEOL)


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