Geology Designation

Colorado Guaranteed Transfer
Offered in the Classroom & 100% Online
Program of Study

About the Program

The field of geology focuses on the study and understanding of the earth’s physical structure and substance.

The Associate of Science degree with a designation in geology is a two-year program designed for you to graduate and transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree in geology or Earth science. 

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through the Excel Zone.

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 100 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

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Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Course Fees

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees: 

Course Description Fee
GEY 108, GEY 111, GEY 112 High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)

Online Course Fees

A separate fee is used to absorb the cost of any lab kits needed for lab-based online courses. This fee eliminates the need for students to purchase lab kits separately.

Course Description Fee
GEY 111, GEY 112 High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

This program is a guaranteed transfer (GT) program.

GT programs enable all college students to complete their first two years of college here at CCD and then transfer to any public college in Colorado as a junior. It is called the DWD program (Degrees with Designation). This program saves you money and time.

A Two-Year Degree from CCD Can Lead to a Four-Year Degree from ...

  • Adams State University 
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University – Ft. Collins 
  • Fort Lewis College
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

Please speak with your program chair regarding internship and research opportunities.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of geoscientists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The need for energy, environmental protection, and responsible land and resource management is projected to spur demand for geoscientists.

Many geoscientists work in oil and gas extraction and related engineering services and consulting firms. Demand for their services in these industries will be dependent on the demand for the exploration and development of oil and gas wells. New technologies, such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, allow for the extraction of previously inaccessible oil and gas resources, and geoscientists will be needed to study the effects such technologies have on the surrounding areas.

Geoscientists will be involved in discovering and developing sites for alternative energies, such as geothermal energy and wind energy. For example, geothermal energy plants must be located near sufficient hot groundwater, and one task for geoscientists would be evaluating if the site is suitable.

Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The median annual wage for geoscientists was $89,850 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,850, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $184,130.

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.