Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure and processes to learn about its past, present and future. The study of geology is essential in our understanding of the environment, the source and supply of natural resources such as energy sources and water, and the daily exposure to geological hazards including earthquakes, volcanism, subsidence, flooding, and mass movement.

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Geology - AS

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About Geology

The HCC Geology Program is committed to providing:

  • A variety of educational opportunities to students that can lead to their success in Geology courses.
  • Instructional techniques and facilities are geared towards providing a solid foundation in the understanding of science, and the theories, methods, and technologies used to study Earth’s composition, its processes of change, its history, and its resources.


There are 3,353 Geological Sample Test Technicians employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 8.0% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 215 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $30.74 hourly, $64,000 annually