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Folsom Lake College Geology

Folsom Lake College's geology program studies the origin and evolution of the earth, utilizing the principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology. The concept of geologic time and the principles of uniformitarianism help geologists to understand the processes that shape the earth and its environments. Geologists study rocks, minerals, and fossils in an effort to draw conclusions about both the earth’s observable surface processes that meet the eye, and the earth’s interior.

Many of the Folsom Lake College geology courses satisfy lower division general education requirements for associate and bachelor degrees. Geology majors planning to transfer to four-year institutions should see a counselor.

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.


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