Students who earn degrees in geology have careers in a variety of fields, including natural resource exploration, environmental remediation, regulatory enforcement, education, and water resources. Geologists study earth processes such as earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, groundwater flow, and landscape evolution.
The Geology A.S. degree prepares students to transfer and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree in geology or a closely related field in 2 years. Curriculum is designed to transfer with ease to schools nationwide and provide a broad and in-depth understanding of geology and geologic processes.
1. Identify earth-forming rocks and minerals
2. Analyze data collected from geologic and topographic maps
3. Apply appropriate techniques in the collection of data used to solve geologic problems.
4. Interpret geologic data, either from published sources, or collected independently.
5. Synthesize information drawn from a variety of sources or experiences.
6. Use observations in a field setting to answer geologic questions.
7. Discuss the potential geologic impact on environmental issues.
8. Demonstrate effective communication skills.
9. Use geologic principles to evaluate case studies.
Requirements for Program Entrance
Intermediate Algebra (MTH 104 at MCC) OR MCC Level 8 Mathematics placement
High School Earth Science, Precalculus, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology are recommended.
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
MTH 210 Calculus I
CHE 151 General College Chemistry I
GEO 101 Physical Geology
First Semester Total:
MTH 211 Calculus II
MTH 160 Statistics I
CHE 152 General College Chemistry II
GEO 102 Historical Geology
Second Semester Total:
GEG 130 - Digital Earth
MCC-GENERAL EDUCATION-TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY (MCC-TL) ELECTIVE
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE
MCC GENERAL EDUCATION - HEALTH AND WELLNESS (MCC-HW) ELECTIVE
Third Semester Total:
FOURTH SEMESTER: Credit Hours
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY (SUNY-AH)
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - THE ARTS
SUNY GENERAL GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGES (SUNY-FL) ELECTIVE
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - WESTERN CIVILIZATION (SUNY-WC) ELECTIVE
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES (SUNY-H) ELECTIVE ***
Fourth Semester Total:
60 - 63
*Choose from: GEO 200, 203, 204, 210, 220, 295; if GEO 295 is chosen, it must be designed as a 4-credit course.
**Recommended electives for students transferring to SUNY institutions: PHY 145; MTH 160.
***Choose any SUNY-H course that also fulfills MCC-VE outcome.