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Geology (AS)

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Review evacuation plans with county and city officials to ensure public safety during an earthquake or tsunami, survey and analyze soil from urban farms for higher crop yields, review photographs of land to find important minerals, sample rain runoff for pollutants, assist developers to find safe locations to build or start a landfill, assess coastal erosion to estimate how fast it is disappearing.

Geologists and those in this field have studied the history and nature of the earth in order to attempt to predict what future changes might happen and analyze if anything needs to be done to alter it or get people to safety. Geology looks at what the earth and other cosmic objects are made of and how changes have been made to them along the way. On earth, it can measure how elements such as wind, heat, and water with gravity and pressure have shaped it. Knowing geology helps find precious metals, gases, and minerals.

And, Geologists announced the coming of climate change long before it became an everyday conversation. They are now entrusted with finding answers to solve these pressing issues.

Careers in Geology

Careers in geology are extremely diverse and are in high demand. Geology professionals work in all sectors, private and government, large agencies and small businesses, where their careers often involve gathering samples in the field and processing what they found in laboratories to create reports. These careers call for logic, reasoning, and critical-thinking skills, and you can start many careers right after you graduate from LASC!

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a geology degree:

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $70,630/year N/A
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase
(as fast as average)
15,010

Monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $59,470/year $28.59/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase
(as fast as average)
1,510

Geological and petroleum technicians provide support to scientists and engineers in exploring and extracting natural resources.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree $53,300/year $25.62/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Moderate-term on-the-job training 7% increase
(faster than average)
16,300

Study the physical aspects of the Earth.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $86,560/year $41.62/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase
(faster than average)
1,180

Make precise measurements to determine property boundaries.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $62,580/year $30.09/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase
(as fast as average)
49,200

Manage a system of machines to transfer or treat water or wastewater.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
High School Diploma or equivalent $76,250/year $36.66/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Long-term on-the-job training 3% increase
(slower than average)
2,630

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Geology

You can get Associate in Science in Geology (AA) at LASC where you will build your knowledge about the earth’s physical structure, how it works, where it started, and what made it where it is today:

  • Build critical-thinking, logic, and communication skills as you work through the basic concepts of the earth’s structure, composition, history, and other processes.
  • Gain technical skills through collecting and analyzing geologic data, and apply your knowledge and skills to attempt to find solutions to a range of problems faced by society.
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Want to transfer? With your Associate in Science in Geology (AS) degree, you will save money on your first two years of college learning from resourceful, enthusiastic faculty before you transfer to a four-year college or university. Visit your counselor to fund out more.

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review LASC’s degree in Geology and our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 1914

Total Units Required: 60

Once you complete this program, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts in subject areas.
  • Demonstrate technical skills in the collection and analysis of geologic data.
  • Use critical-thinking skills, along with written and verbal communication skills.
  • Apply geologic knowledge and skills to a range of problems faced by business, industry, government.
Required Courses: Units
BIOLOGY 3 Introduction to Biology 4
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I 5
GEOLOGY 1 Physical Geology 3
GEOLOGY 6 Physical Geology Laboratory 2
PHYSICS 37 Physics for Engineers and Scientists I 5
TOTAL UNITS 19
Recommended Electives
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II 5
CO SCI 608 Beginning BASIC Programming 3
MATH 227 Introductory Statistics 4
MATH 265 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5
MATH 266 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 5
PHYSICS 38 Physics for Engineers and Scientists II 5
PHYSICS 39 Physics for Engineers and Scientists III 5
TOTAL UNITS 18

Get Ready Before You Start

Want to have a career in geology? You can start preparing for it before your first class starts at LASC:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss your career goals and if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Still in high school? Find out if there are any nearby universities or colleges with summer geology programs for high school students, contact public agencies to see if they are offering high school internships, and start a Geology Club at your high school.
  • Once you’re at LASC, make sure to get involved with off- an on-campus clubs and organizations, such as the Anthropology Club and Toastmasters, or become a student ambassador, or run for student body government. These create new relationships and show potential employers your commitment to building leadership skills and getting to know your community.

 

Clubs & Organizations

Make the most with your time at LASC and expand your interests while meeting others who have similar interests, or start a club or group of your own!

 

Program Learning Outcomes

As a student, once you complete the program, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts in subject areas.
  • Demonstrate technical skills in the collection and analysis of geologic data.
  • Use critical-thinking skills, along with written and verbal communication skills.
  • Apply geologic knowledge and skills to a range of problems faced by business, industry, government.