Geology Course: NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Reach Rock Bottom with Geology


By taking a Geology course, 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 that support our lives, they keep our drinking water supply clean of pollutants, and  help us prepare for inevitable natural hazards.

Pass the Class, Transfer Credits, and Begin Your Career

A student pursuing a career in Geology will want to obtain a B.S. degree in either geology or earth science. An M.S. degree opens additional opportunities and improves income potential. Those who want a career in research and/or teaching are advised to get a Ph.D.

Most geologists work in one of these five areas: 

  • Extraction (oil & gas, mining)
  • Environmental (monitoring soil, water, and air quality)
  • Geotechnical (site assessment, geohazards)
  • Government (USGS, state surveys)
  • 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.