The Geosciences at Salt Lake Community College covers the Study of Surveying/Geomatics, Geology, GIS, Geography and Meteorology .
The Geomatics AAS provides students who have little or no experience in the field the skills needed for employment as a surveyor. Also the Geomatics degree gives those already working in the profession additional knowledge needed to prepare for their professional licensing examinations. And earning this degree gives licensed professionals’ opportunities for upgrade training on new issues and equipment in surveying.
The Geography AS degree is a transfer degree offering a broad general education. Students develop a geographic perspective of the world ranging from cultural and human influences on the planet, the physical environment, and how the human/environment interaction influences regions around the world. Students are also introduced to the latest technology scientists are using today to understand our world!
The Geospatial Technology AAS degree address the technological areas of geography. GIS is one of the fastest growing areas of geospatial technology. With a brand new computer and the latest software in GIS and remote sensing, our AAS degree prepares students to enter the dynamic and exciting field of GIS and geospatial technology. Currently the department is working on a GIS Certificate.
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. Geology is the study earth materials, history, and processes. Environmental geology is an applied science with an emphasis on chemical contamination in soil and water, the environmental impacts of urban development, engineering problems, natural hazards, and environmental problems associated with mining and petroleum extraction. This major is project-based with an emphasis on collecting real-world data in the field using the latest digital and technical equipment.
Finally, the college does not offer a degree in meteorology, but the Geosciences Department teaches an introductory course that is transferable to major universities. The course covers topics such as the basic elements of weather, weather fronts, forecasting, severe weather, hurricanes, world climates, climate change and more!