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El Camino’s geology degree program prepares you for a rewarding career after graduation or for university transfer.

Our Geology Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree typically takes two years to complete.

Geology education provides a clear pathway to transfer. We’ll help you complete your academic and career goals.

Approximate cost for an El Camino College geology degree.
Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow 10.8% nationwide from 2016 to 2026.
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $45,000 to over $208,000 with an average salary of $105,000.

Choose a Degree Designed for a Career or Transfer

A geology degree from El Camino will prepare you to transfer. Or you can use your degree to enter a career after graduating. We can help you achieve either goal.


The AS-T degree in geology sets you on a direct path to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. You will also get priority consideration for admission to the California State University (CSU) system.

  • Join one of the largest community college geology programs in the state as you learn about materials, structures, and processes that compose and shape Earth.
  • Study plate tectonics and the forces that create volcanoes, earthquakes, and mountains.
  • Investigate renewable and non-renewable resources.
  • Explore regions of the West and gain valuable field experience with classes that focus on Death Valley, Owens Valley, Sierra Nevada, southeastern California, and coastal California.
  • Complete most lower-division requirements for a bachelor’s degree.
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I definitely love working in research, and I love geology. There is just so much you can do with a geology degree.”

Pursue an Entry-Level Job or Further Education

With a geology degree from El Camino, you’ll be set to transfer immediately to begin working on a bachelor’s degree at another school. Your critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and scientific knowledge will also serve you well for any career you choose.

  • Explore careers in environmental geology, teaching, engineering, environmental remediation, oil and mining companies, state or regional government, education, geological surveying, geochemistry, volcanology, field seismology and geotechnical engineering.
  • Learn to lead, innovate, and work in careers with professional advancement opportunities.
  • Pursue higher education levels for additional career options.
  • Careers associated with this degree have a salary range from $45,000 to over $208,000 with an average salary of $105,000.

Take Your Education Outside of the Classroom

Get hands-on career experience and opportunities to study geology in the field.

  • Be a part of the Geology Club, participating in research field trips and volunteering with the South Bay Lapidary and Mineral Society, which also supports geology scholarships.
  • Find opportunities to conduct and present scientific research.
  • Attend interesting workshops designed for geology majors.
  • Join the active Science Club and participate in faculty-led field trips to state/national parks that focus on geology, topography, and other scientific disciplines. Check out pictures from Science Club outings.
  • Explore the sciences in multiple lab settings, in addition to an on-campus planetarium and observatory with several telescopes.
  • Find support from tutoring to the successful Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program that provides a peer-based academic community.
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