Choose from one of the paths below:

Build a Rock-Solid Future

Two trends make geology a highly enticing field: the world's demand for more and more energy, of which geological expertise is vital in locating, and the rise in the political and social importance of environmental protection issues. Geology plays a key role in guarding our ecosystems, securing our water supply, studying our past and predicting our future. Enter this field and you can accomplish goals not only for yourself, but also for the planet.


Open the Door to Many Opportunities

Our Associate of Science Degree can prepare you for transfer to a four-year institution, where you can pursue careers in areas such as petroleum, paleontology, environmental science, field and laboratory research, hydrology, toxicology, space science, and meteorology. You can also embark on a career directly from our two-year program in GIS, earth science, quality control and technical lab work.

An Associate of Science Degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year or upper-level college or university. In the educational program part of the course catalog, there are five options to select from:

  • 2LIFESCI Life Science (Biology)
  • 2PHYSCI Physical Science (Chemistry, Geology, Physics)- For Geology Majors
  • 2COSCI Computer Science
  • 2MATH Math
  • 2ENGINEER Engineering Science 

In general, you must complete the required transfer core curriculum (or "basics") 42 student credit hours (SCH), the institutional option 6 SCH, and the transfer path 12 SCH to achieve the degree. The transfer path 12 SCH will depend on the option chosen above. They are listed in the course catalog.

Physical Sciences A.S. Degree Program Outcomes

1. Upon completion of the Physical Science A.S. Degree, graduates will be able to utilize scientific inquiry to investigate natural phenomena in the physical sciences.

2. Upon completion of the Physical Science A.S. Degree, graduates will be able to apply principals of geology, chemistry or physics to interpret the implications of real-world physical science phenomena.  

For more information please look up Physical Science AS here.

The college has a lot of activities to support student success. We have a speaker series that brings professionals from various industries to our students and informs them of what they can do with their science degrees. We also provide science service learning to our students, which is a community outreach program targeted at younger children to help expose them to the world of science. For more updates, visit the STEM council page or look up "physical science san jac" on Facebook.


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Rachel Garcia, Chair - Central Campus
281-998-6150 x 1882
Susan Starr, Interim Chair - North Campus
281-998-6150 x 7395
Christopher Wild, Chair - South Campus

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