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Associate of Science Geology Program at Colorado Mountain College

Study Geoscience in the heart of the Rocky Mountains

Are you fascinated earthquakes, volcanoes, mountains, and other landscapes? Are you interested in cleaning up the environment, protecting water resources, and mitigating natural hazards? Are you interested in exploring the world for mineral and petroleum resources?

photo - CMC student collecting soil sample at an abandoned mineGeology is the science of understanding the processes that occur on Earth and also how they affect society. Geologist examine processes that occur from the core to the surface of the earth.

A career in geosciences provides a gateway to numerous opportunities that are rewarding and intriguing if you have a passion for the Earth and its interactions.

The Associate of Science in Geology is available at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville where you will be surrounded by high alpine glacial valleys to remnants of ancient volcanic activity.

Immerse yourself in a variety of classroom, laboratory, and field experiences during your time working towards the A.S. Geology degree. Geology is continuously growing to accommodate the needs of both society and the environment.

Geoscientists are employed as:

  • Environmental geologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Petroleum geologists
  • Engineering geologist
  • Paleontologist and more

Your pathway towards a career in geoscience can start at Colorado Mountain College where several transfer pathways to four-year programs are also available. Our counselors and advisors can show you how.

View/download the AS Geology Course Plan (pdf)

Careers in Geology

Geology is a very broad field and here are few examples of where geoscientists are employed:

  • Environmental and Engineering consulting
  • Government (i.e., U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Bureau of Land Management)
  • Oil and Gas industry
  • Mining industry (coal and minerals)
  • Non-profit (i.e., Trout Unlimited)
  • Academia

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10% growth in geoscience for the period of 2014-2024. The median salary (with a bachelor degree) is $89,700.

Most geoscientists specialize in one aspect of geology for the following are the most common areas of focus:

  • Geologist (Sedimentology, petrology, stratigraphy, tectonics, structural geology, etc.)
  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry
  • Paleontology
  • Engineering geology
  • Environmental geology
  • Petroleum geology
  • Seismology
  • Oceanography

Detailed information related to each specialty can be found online at the American Geosciences Institute (AGI).