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Program Overview

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Blue River
MCC-Longview, Carl Priesendorf, 816.604.2549
MCC-Maple Woods, William Young, 816.604.3332


Geologists study the earth to better understand its history, composition and structure. Within the geology field, there are different areas of focus - mineralogists who study rocks, minerals and stones; paleontologists who determine what the earth was like during prehistoric times; and ecologists who strive to protect the environment are just a few.

The science of geology applies to many areas including:

  • Petroleum industry
  • Natural gas industry
  • Oil companies
  • Engineering firms
  • Environmental firms
  • Construction
  • Teaching
  • Research

MCC offers a range of geology electives to choose from including: physical geology, environment, oceanography and photovoltaics systems.

Our MCC-Blue River campus includes a wind turbine and solar panels so you can gain hands-on training. Many electives include trips outside the classroom to make learning more interactive.

Our geology program is built around the Associate in Arts (AA) degree. This degree gives you a solid background in general education courses that can transfer to a four-year institution. It also allows 17 hours of elective courses that let you focus on your geology interests.

Transfer Credits

While MCC does not offer a degree in this field, these lower division (freshman/sophomore level) courses move with you to a four year college or university and depending on your chosen major may apply toward your degree or as an elective. Check with your transfer school and your MCC academic advisor for the most accurate and timely transfer information.