Geoscience is an area of science that is becoming more and more popular as concerns about our environment and our planet become increasingly front page. Topics such as climate change, weather abnormalities and natural disasters are phenomena the geoscientist investigates. This program will expose you to the diversity of specialties in geoscience to help you find the most exciting area for your career.
Geosciences with Areas of Concentration (Associate of Science)
This program offers a selection of natural and geoscience courses for students wishing to pursue a program of study with concentrations in geology, meteorology, or ocean studies. The curriculum meets the needs of students who plan to transfer to a 4-year college that grants bachelor's degrees in various areas of the geosciences. Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the earth to learn about its past, present and future. Geoscience students have skills that are in high demand: data analysis, problem solving, and an ability to communicate complex ideas. Students with a bachelor’s degree in a geoscience may continue their education, enter government or industry.
Required Courses & Learning Outcomes
See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is geoscience?
Geoscience is the study of the Earth—its oceans, atmosphere, rivers and lakes, ice sheets and glaciers, soils, its complex surface, rocky interior, and metallic core. This includes many aspects of how living things, including humans, interact with the Earth. Geoscience has many tools and practices of its own but is intimately linked with the biological, chemical, and physical sciences.
Geoscience investigates the past, measures the present, and models the future behavior of our planet. But it also involves the study of other planets, asteroids, and solar systems, both to better understand the Earth and to expand our knowledge of the universe.
What can I do with an associate degree in geoscience?
While an associate degree may open some doors to lab assistant positions in the field of environmental science, the primary goal most likely should be to transfer to a 4-year program with a strong, broad background in earth sciences.
Why would I want to go into the field of geoscience?
The courses in the geoscience program will put you out in the field studying, but more specifically, the abiotic elements of the environment: weather, climate, rocks, water, etc. It also allows you to work in a lab processing samples collected in the field and analyzing data to recreate an area’s history or predict its future.
Admissions & Advising
Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four-year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.
Cecil College has strong partnerships related to the geosciences with Maryland colleges and universities as well as other schools in nearby states.
Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at www.artsys.usmd.edu. Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.
Science & Technology, Chair
M.S., University of St. Joseph
M.Ed., Cabrini University
Professor of Physics, Engineering and Geosciences
M.S., SUNY Stony Brook University
Our adjunct faculty across the curriculum in the Geosciences degree program hold advanced degrees in their fields and bring a wide array of experience into the classroom.