Geology

The Environmental Geology AS degree is a transfer degree offering the foundational skills needed to transfer to a four-year institution or enter into the field of environmental geology as a field or lab technician.  Careers in environmental geology with an Associate in Science (AS) degree include lab technicians and construction management.  For example, a petroleum lab technician supports geologist and scientist with the exploration of oil and gas resource by analyzing rock samples using analytical equipment.  Median pay for geology lab technicians in 2012 was $25 per hour (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).  Construction management in environmental remediation (environmental cleanup) requires either an Associates or Bachelor’s degree.  Median annual salary for construction managers in 2011 as $90,000 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Further, the Environmental Geology AS degree will help you obtain a position working on drill rig installing oil and gas wells or water wells.  An AS degree is not required for this but it helps make you more competitive.

Careers in environmental geology with a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Master of Science (MS) degrees from a four-year institution may be in the environmental, mining, or oil and gas industry.  In the environmental industry geologists usually conduct assessment and remediation investigations of soil and groundwater contamination.  This may be due to leaking underground storage tanks or mine waste leaking into groundwater or surface water.  Geoscientists median annual salary in environmental remediation was $67,000 in 2011 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).  For more information on careers in environmental remediation click here

Many geologist work in mining and the petroleum industry with median annual salaries between $84,000 and $91,000 in 2012 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).  With advanced geology degrees such as a Master’s or PhD, geologists starting salary in the petroleum field is typically over $100,000 annually.  Further, geology programs at large research intuitions such as the University of Utah or Utah State University regularly pay students to attend their graduate programs.  These are competitive programs but it is nice to get paid to get an education.  For more information on careers as a geologist with a BS degree click here.

 How to Transfer to a Four Year Institution

 

Below is a hypothetical 4 semester sequence to complete the degree in two years.

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

CHEM 1210

4

MATH 1210

4

CHEM 1215

1

ENGL 2010

3

ENGL 1010

3

GEO 1220

3

GEO 1110

3

GEO 1225

1

GEO 1115

1

Distribution (2)

6

Distribution

3

 

 

Total

15

Total

17

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

PHYS 2210

4

ELEC

9

PHYS 2215

1

AI

3

BIOL 1610/1615

4

Student Choice

3

ELEC

5

LW

1

Distribution

3

 

 

Total

17

Total

16


Note:
  Physical Geology and lab (Geo 1110 and 1115) are usually only offered during the fall semester.   Environmental Geology and lab (Geo 1060 and 1065) and Historical Geology and lab (Geo 1220 and 1225) are usually only offered during the spring semester. 

Contact Us

R. Adam Dastrup
Geosciences Coordinator
Redwood Taylorsville Campus 
Science and Industry Building
Room 358B
Phone: 801-957-4880
Email: Adam.Dastrup@slcc.edu

Chris Johnson, P.G.
Assistant Professor of Geology
Redwood Taylorsville Campus 
Science and Industry Building
Room 331
Phone: 801-957-4583
Email: cjohn593@bruinmail.slcc.edu