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Geology Degree at Palo Alto College (PAC)

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Geology Degree

The geology degree program at Palo Alto College will help students gain knowledge in the earth sciences, including the behavior of solids, liquids, and gases that compromise the earth, as well as the forces that act upon it. Students who graduate the geology degree program may follow a career path in paleontology, stratigraphy, geological mapping, and more. Courses include instruction in historical geology, geomorphology, and sedimentology, the chemistry of rocks and soils, mineralogy, petrology, geostatistics, volcanology, glaciology, and geophysical principles. Get more details below including other Texas colleges that offer geology degrees.

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Career Options for Graduates

Upon completion of the Geology program at Palo Alto College, most students have pursued careers in the following fields:

Natural Sciences Managers

  • Description:

    Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, natural sciences managers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 7.7% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
      • Total Employment: 110
      • Average Hourly Rate: $59.99
      • Average Annual Salary: $124,770

Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

  • Description:

    Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth's internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 21.2% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
      • Total Employment: 250
      • Average Hourly Rate: $44.25
      • Average Annual Salary: $92,040

Hydrologists

  • Description:

    Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, hydrologists employment is expected to grow at a rate of 17.8% from 2010 to 2020

Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Description:

    Teach courses in the physical sciences, except chemistry and physics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Other schools offering Geology Programs in Texas

Geology programs are available at the colleges and universities listed below.

C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctor Degree (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

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Trinity University

San Antonio, TX
Type: 4-Year Private College

11 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Geology (B)
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The University of Texas at San Antonio

San Antonio, TX
Type: 4-Year Public College

16 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Geology (B,M)
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Coastal Bend College

Beeville, TX
Type: Community College

Programs Offered
  • Geology (A)
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The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX
Type: 4-Year Public College

75 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Geology (B,M,D)
  • Geophysics and Seismology (B,M,D)
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science (B,M,D)
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Austin Community College District

Austin, TX
Type: Community College

Programs Offered
  • Geology (A)
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Texas A&M University - Kingsville

Kingsville, TX
Type: 4-Year Public College

10 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Geology (B)
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Central Texas College

Killeen, TX
Type: Community College

Programs Offered
  • Geology (A)
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Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, TX
Type: 4-Year Public College

12 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Geology (B)
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Texas A&M University

College Station, TX
Type: 4-Year Public College

58 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Geology (B,M,D)
  • Geophysics and Seismology (B,M,D)
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science (B,M,D)
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Baylor University

Waco, TX
Type: 4-Year Private College

11 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Geology (B,M,D)
  • Geophysics and Seismology (B,M,D)