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Geology

Overview

Folsom Lake College Geology

Folsom Lake College's Geology program is an interdisciplinary science that seeks to understand the physical processes of the earth. Students study rocks, minerals, and fossils in an effort to draw conclusions about the earth’s observable surface processes as well as those processes taking place inside the earth. Students in geology classes learn to use principles from mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology to determine how the earth was formed and how it is being changed by natural and man-made activities. Geology students will be well prepared to explore earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, the earth’s past climate, and other geologic resources.

Many of the Folsom Lake College geology courses satisfy lower division general education requirements for associate and bachelor degrees. Students with the Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer (AS-T Geology) will transfer with junior standing to the California State University system.

Career Options

  • Earth Science Educator (middle school through university)
  • Emergency Response Manager
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Planner/Consultant
  • Geologist (private industry or the government)
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Paleontologist
  • Park Naturalist
  • Petrologist
  • Stratigrapher

Some career options may require more than two years of college study.

Highlights

  • Diverse lower division course offerings
  • Dynamic geologic environment near the Sierra Nevada, San Andreas Fault, Mono Lake, Death Valley, and Central California Coastal areas