Geology is the study of the earth. It helps us identify and prepare for natural hazards such as earthquakes, coastal erosion, flooding and landslides.

Geologists work in a variety of job settings. You could teach or work in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and even environmental consulting companies. Most geoscientists split their time between working indoors in offices and laboratories and working outdoors. Doing research and investigations outdoors is commonly called fieldwork and can involve travel to remote locations. No matter your goals, at FRCC, our small classes and dedicated faculty will guide and support your education.

Why Study Geology at Front Range Community College?

By studying geology at FRCC, you'll gain an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world. Learn about the natural processes that shape our planet. In this transfer-friendly program, you'll also get the background you need to pursue a career in the earth sciences.

The Associate of Science (AS) degree in geology prepares you to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in geology at a four-year university.

A degree in geology opens the door to careers in such areas as:

  • Agronomy
  • Natural resource manager
  • Hydrology
  • Civil engineering
  • Natural disaster mitigation planning
  • Construction management
  • Forensics
  • Urban planning
  • Site location for oil and gas companies
  • Oil and natural gas development
  • Oceanography
  • Climate research
  • GIS
  • Teaching

Many geology careers require bachelor's or graduate degrees. You'll be sure to get a strong foundation with a degree from FRCC. You'll work closely with an advisor to map out the best path for you.

Degree Details

AS in Geology

Program Locations: Online, Boulder County, Larimer, Westminster

Total Credits: 60 credits (4 semesters)

Geology is the study of the Earth, its rocks and the ways that they change over time. The study of geology is important for mineral and fossil fuel exploration, managing water resources and solving environmental problems. You'll explore the movement of the Earth's crust, the history of life on Earth and past climates.

You'll explore courses such as:

  • Physical geology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Historical geology
  • Calculus-based physics

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Transfer Options

Begin the journey of earning your bachelor's degree in geology at FRCC. We'll support you every step of the way. With an AS degree in geology from FRCC, you can major in geology starting as a junior at the following four-year schools:

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University
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Careers & Outcomes

Your geology degree can open doors for a career in a variety of fields. Although some careers may require bachelor's and graduate degrees, you'll get a strong foundation with a degree from FRCC.

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