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Geology Transfer Associate Degree

AST Associate of Science Transfer Degree
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Start your geology journey at Clackamas Community College

Follow your curiosity into the fascinating world of rocks, minerals, fossils and landforms. Earn a Geology Transfer Degree from Clackamas Community College and learn the science of geology through engaging instruction, exciting outdoor lab work and field trips.

At CCC, you will get the same quality education as a four-year university while saving money. Your associate degree will transfer seamlessly to Portland State University or other four-year geology programs. 

Get started on your Geology Transfer Degree and build a strong foundation for your bachelor’s degree and for a career in many different fields, including environmental studies, volcanic research, paleontology and seismology.

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.


Required classes for the Geology Transfer Degree

The Geology Associate of Science Transfer Degree at Clackamas Community College equips you with a foundation in plate tectonics, geologic time, rock and mineral systems, rock and mineral identification, seismology, fossil formation, surface processes, map reading and geologic structures. Click the button below to see what course requirements and electives are part of this program. 

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Job Outlook

Explore a high-demand career path in geology

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10% growth in jobs for geoscientists over the next decade. A Geology Transfer Degree from CCC prepares you for a variety of high-paying career paths in environmental science, energy exploration, natural resource management and more. There are career opportunities for geologists to work with federal, state and local governments as well as private companies. 

For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.


Build a strong foundation in geology

Through engaging coursework, you will learn about powerful forces like plate tectonics and seismology that shape our planet. Develop critical thinking skills by analyzing geological data and constructing scientific arguments.

  • Become an environmental problem-solver: Analyze geological environments and understand the human impact on them.
  • Learn geological data analysis: Develop experience in working with rocks and minerals and using geological tools like maps, compasses and GPS.
  • Communicate like a scientist: Hone your communication skills to effectively convey complex ideas. Learn to gather and analyze data, construct arguments based on evidence and critically evaluate information. These skills are crucial for success in any scientific field.

For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the course catalog.


Investing in your future

Starting your education at Clackamas Community College is a smart choice that saves you money on your path to a bachelor degree from a four-year university.

CCC offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. To begin building the cost for your program, you can start with the base estimate below. 

This estimate includes the cost of tuition and the general fees applied per class and per academic term. This estimate does not include additional fees required for many courses or the cost of course materials. Contact the program to learn more about additional costs that may apply. 

You can also find more information about the costs of attending CCC on the Tuition and Fees page.

Get help paying for college

Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab.  


Transfer Options

Transfer to Portland State University or your four-year geology program of choice

The Geology Transfer Degree is designed to transfer to bachelor of science degree programs in geology at Oregon public universities. CCC has established articulation agreements with Portland State University (PSU) to ensure a smooth transition and prepare you for your upper-division courses. You will graduate with the first two years of your bachelor's degree completed, saving you money on your education.

For more information, contact Sarah Hoover at 503-594-3354 or  

Learn more about transfer degrees 

More and more students are discovering the best place to begin a bachelor's degree is at a community college. Research shows that community college transfer students are equally if not more likely to graduate than other students, including at the most selective universities. Our transfer degrees can fit seamlessly with many four-year degree paths beyond Clackamas. CCC students transfer to a number of in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities, including public and private schools.  

To learn more, visit our Transfer Transfer Degrees page page.

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Collaborate, innovate and learn with the support of CCC's STEM Center. The STEM Center provides resources and fosters community across science, technology, engineering and math disciplines at the college. Come visit us in the Pauling Center, room 165, on the Oregon City campus!

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