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Geology

Geology is a multi-disciplinary science that applies biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering to the natural world around us. The rich variety of its fields of study includes oceanography, paleontology, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrogeology, engineering geology, environmental geology and more. This is what makes geology an exciting and challenging major for students with broad scientific interests and a love for natural systems, environments, and earth history.

Geology majors gain scientific observational reasoning, communication skills, and an understanding of geological concepts and history. This blend of interpretive scientific ability and historical perspective gives geologists an important role in society. They apply their skills and knowledge to solve complex problems related to human interaction with natural systems, hazards and resources, and to communicate solutions and options to the public.

Geology majors who earn their Geology Associate in Arts Degree from Santa Barbara City College are thoroughly prepared to transfer to and excel in university-level geology programs throughout the state and the nation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate earth processes and/or earth history, using earth materials and geologic principles.
  2. Classify and interpret rocks, minerals and fossils.
  3. Recognize and assess geologic processes in the field.
  4. Read and interpret geologic data.

To earn an AS Degree in Geological Sciences from SBCC, you must meet the following requirements:

The Geological Sciences AS Degree is designed to provide a strong foundation for geology students planning on transferring to a four-year school.

Department Requirements (37-38.5 units)

ERTH 111 — Dynamic Earth - Physical Geology or..............3

ERTH 111H — Dynamic Earth - Physical Geol, Honors........4

ERTH 111L — Dynamic Earth - Physical Geol Lab ..............1

ERTH 112 — History of the Earth..........................................3

ERTH 112L — Historical Geology Laboratory .......................1

ERTH 125 — Mineralogy and Resources .............................5

ERTH 126 — Petrology and Rock-Forming Minerals............5

CHEM 155 — General Chemistry I .......................................5

CHEM 156 — General Chemistry II ......................................5

MATH 150 — Calculus with Analytical Geom I......................5

 

Plus 4 units selected from the following:

ERTH 131 — Geologic Field Studies, Eastern Sierra Nevada.........2

ERTH 132 — Geologic Field Studies, Death Valley .............2

ERTH 133 — Geology Field Seminar, Colorado Plateau.............4

ERTH 134 — Geology Field Studies, West Sierra Nevada ..........2.5

ERTH 137 — Introductory Field Geology ..........................4.5

ERTH 138 — Geologic Field Camp...................................4.5

 

Recommended Courses: These additional courses should be considered when planning a program of study for transfer as a geology major:

MATH 160 — Calculus with Analytical Geom II......................5

PHYS 102 -   Intro Physics for Science Majors......................4

Career Opportunities

Many job opportunities are available to geology graduates. Most opportunities are in private industry - in engineering geology (evaluating sites for homes, commercial buildings, highways, tunnels, etc.); environmental geology (environmental impact studies, evaluation and remediation of contaminated sites); and hydrogeology (development and quality control of groundwater resources).

Geologists are also employed in the discovery and extraction of earth resources, such as oil, gas, coal, and metallic and non metallic elements.

Besides private industry, all levels of government- city, county, state and federal-employ geologists for planning and regulatory (inspection and monitoring) activities.

A degree in geology is excellent background for teaching physical science at the secondary school level.

Interested in transferring to a 4-year University Geology Program?

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