Geology | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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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.


Courses, Transfer Options and Careers

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.