Several frequently asked questions and answers related to the A.S. Geology degree are found below. These are common questions often asked by prospective students interested in the Geology degree and Leadville in general.
Are there any minimum requirements for entry into the A.S. Geology degree?
All incoming students are required to take the Accuplacer exam to determine their current level of reading and math comprehension. ACT scores can also be used in place of the Accuplacer exam but these need to be submitted as early as possible.
Since Calculus I and II are the math requirements for the A.S. Geology degree, you will need to have completed either Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry in order to enroll into Calculus I.
Also, you will need to be able to read at the college level and be eligible to enroll into ENG-121.
If you have questions related to these requirements or transferring credits contact Dr. Dee (see Geology Faculty and Staff ).
Will the A.S. Geology degree from CMC transfer to any four-year institution?
Transfer pathways with several four-year institutions have or are being developed to provide clear guidance (see Transfer Pathways). However, in general courses completed for this degree are likely to be accepted by numerous other four-year geology programs as well. Be sure and contact the identified Faculty at the institution for more information in the Transfer Pathways page.
I am student at another CMC campus besides Leadville. Can I complete A.S. Geology degree without having to relocate or travel to Leadville?
With the exception of GEY-228 Field Geology you can complete the A.S. Geology degree at other campuses.
However, you will likely not have access to very unique facilities and field instrumentation specific to the Leadville campus. Plus, the Field Institute (see below) is housed on the Leadville campus as well which provides invaluable hands-on field experiences.
Can I gain employment upon completing the A.S. Geology degree?
Yes but in general a bachelor’s is preferred for a majority of Geoscience jobs. See Employment Outlook Resources for more information related to careers in Geoscience.
What does one expect in a career in Geoscience?
The field of Geology is widely varied, however, most careers involve a significant amount of time spent in the field and office. In certain sectors (i.e., government and academia) there may be time spent in the lab as well.
Employment in the private sector may involve weeks of domestic and international travel. Government employment, depending on your grade, may involve travel throughout the United States.
I love being outdoors. Will a career in Geoscience allow me to work outside?
For the most part yes. Time spent out in the field will generally depend on the specific area of Geology you study and the sector of employment. A career in Geoscience can definitely include a significant amount of time outside!
I’m interested in a Field Tech position through the Natural Resource Management (NRM) Field Institute. Am I able to gain one of the Field Technician positions?
Yes. However, due to possible limited number of available positions (grant funding dependent) through the Field Institute they can be competitive. Work with our adviser and communicate with staff from the Field Institute if you are interested.