About the Program
Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure and processes to learn about its past, present and future.
AWARD TYPES: Associate in Science
AREA OF STUDY: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Degrees and Certificates
Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.View Degrees & Certificates by Program
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
Hybrid Programs Restrictions
Hybrid programs allow students to take a mix of online and face-to-face courses. Hybrid programs offer 50% to 85% of their courses online and the remainder of the curriculum is taken in-person on one of HCC’s campuses. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.
Language Option Restrictions
Some hybrid programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements and available language options. If you would like to take courses in a language that is not offered online, you would have to do so on campus.
Elective Course Restrictions
Some hybrid programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.
Required Course Restrictions
Hybrid programs require students to participate in campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.
Potential Course Restrictions
Some online courses may have face-to-face requirements for exams, laboratory sessions, and other activities. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.
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