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In NWACC's geology courses, you'll study the earth, its interior and exterior surface, rocks and other materials, and the processes that have formed these materials. Geology can overlap other sciences, math and engineering.

Geology plays an important role in our everyday life. Geologists facilitate the discovery and extraction of the raw materials and energy sources, keep drinking water clean of pollutants, and help in preparation for inevitable natural hazards.

NWACC's geology courses can be transferred to a four-year institution and be applied toward general education requirements and a bachelor's degree in either geology or earth science. Furthering your education by pursuing a master's degree or a Ph.D. can also open up additional opportunities and improve your income potential. Connect with your academic advisor for more details.

By pursuing an education in geology, you may find employment opportunities in areas such as extraction (oil, gas and mining), environmental (monitoring soil, water and air quality), geotechnical (site assessment, geohazards), government (USGS, state surveys) and education. 

In addition, many geologists work as private consultants in one or more of the above fields. Common job titles include exploration geophysicist, hydrogeologist, environmental engineer, volcanologist, seismologist and engineering geologist.

View NWACC's geology courses