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Geology Program Description


A.S. Geology
A.S.-T – Geology for Transfer

Program Description

Geology is the study of the origin and evolution of the earth, utilizing the principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology. The concept of geologic time and the principles of uniformitarianism help geologists to understand the processes that shape the earth and its environments. Geologists study rocks, minerals and fossils in an effort to draw conclusions about both the earth's observable surface processes that meet the eye, and the earth's interior.

All CRC Geology courses satisfy lower division General Education requirements for the A.A., A.S., B.A., and B.S. degrees. For transfer students earning a Baccalaureate Degree in Geology, satisfactory completion of the CRC Geology curriculum provides a solid foundation and the standard prerequisites for upper division coursework. Geology majors planning to transfer to four-year institutions should take Geology 300, 301, 310, and 311.

Career Opportunities

  • Geologist (for private industry or the government)
  • Environmental planner or consultant
  • Earth Science Educator (middle school through university)
  • Paleontologist
  • Petrologist
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Cartographer/Stratigrapher
  • Park Naturalist

Some Career Opportunities require more than two years of college study.


  • Comprehensive lower division course offerings, including a Physical Laboratory, Mineral Laboratory and Field Course
  • Dynamic geologic environment near the Sierra Nevada, San Andreas Fault, and Sacramento Delta
  • Internships available with State of California, County of Sacramento,and Federal Land Management Agencies
  • A Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program

Note to Transfer Students:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the bachelor’s degree.

For information about the student learning outcomes for this program, see