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Geology Associate Degree

Dig into a career in Geology!

Carroll’s immersive program, offering field studies and research experiences led by dedicated faculty, prepares students for advanced degree study.

Are you interested in what the Earth is made of and the processes that affect it over time? Are you concerned with the state of our natural resources? Are you a logical thinker, good at solving problems and enjoy being outdoors? Then a career in Geology may be for you!

Carroll offers a solid degree transfer program that can lead to a career at private firms, non-profit organizations, academic institutions or government agencies.

Geologists study the composition and behavior of minerals, rocks and geological formations, the Earth’s magnetic field, landscape formation and modification, groundwater, the ocean floor, fossils, natural resources, volcanoes and much more. They create geologic maps, collect rock and water samples in the field, analyze sediment and fossil data in laboratories, prepare scientific reports and design graphical representations of geologic data in a variety of settings.

Many career paths are available to geologists, who can expect to earn a generous salary when employed. With the declining conditions of our planet, they are more crucial than ever to help keep it sustained. That is why there is 10% predicted job growth for geologists through 2024.

Why choose Carroll for your AS in Geology?

  • Get access to Maryland’s many geologic landscapes through numerous on-site learning opportunities.
  • Immerse yourself in field experiences and research starting from your first semester.
  • Smoothly transfer to geoscience programs at many Maryland universities.

Contact Information

Program Director: Dr. Maharoof.  Email:  Phone:410-386-8280 

STEM Scholars Honors Program

Carroll's STEM Scholars annual program is designed for motivated high school and college students who want to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and transfer to a four-year institution after completion of their associate degree at Carroll Community College. Apply to become a STEM Scholar


Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers, and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities.

Faculty Spotlight

Bill Kelvey

Education: M.S., Texas A&M University; B.S., Texas A&M University; A.A., Catonsville Community College.

Classes teaching/taught: GEOSC 103, Environmental Sustainability; GEOSC 105 Oceanography; GEOSC 110, Physical Geography; GEOSC 201 Meteorology.

Interests: Running, Fishing, Classic Rock music

Bio: My background is in Geography. I have always been fascinated by the weather and the ocean and enjoy explaining both to students. Recently I developed a new course centered on energy and sustainability. 

Dr. Michael L. O’Neal

Education: PhD, Geology and Geophysics, University of Delaware; MS, Geoenvironmental Studies, Shippensburg University; BA, Geology, California State University, Fresno; AS, General Science, Fresno City College

Currently teaching: GEOSC-121 Physical Geology, GEOSC-123 Historical Geology, GEOSC-100 Earth and Space Science, GEOSC-110 Physical Geography

Bio: Dr. O’Neal is a geologist with expertise in stratigraphy, geomorphology, and shallow subsurface ground penetrating radar geophysics. His research interests include determining the nature and timing of the deposition of coastal sedimentary sequences in the Mid-Atlantic region, emplaced during times of climate-induced higher than present sea levels. Specifically, this involves examining the correlation of these sediment deposits with proxy oceanic and atmospheric geochemical climate records derived from drill cores of deep marine sediments and polar glacial ice that have accumulated over the last two million years of earth history. These types of studies allow us to understand possible changes in our local coastal areas, as earth’s climate continues to warm for the foreseeable future.

Lab Sciences Staff

Ms. Tina Hahn

Science Lab Technician 1

Education: BS, University of South Carolina; AA, Howard Community College

Interests: Pet care, hiking, reading and writing

Bio: Tina has 30 years of Biotech experience at companies such as Shimazu Scientific Instruments, Cambrex (Lonza), and the Medical College of Georgia. She is a first-generation college student and a proud supporter of STEM academics at community colleges.

Ms. Ellen Sperber 

Lab Manager and Chemical Hygiene Officer

Education:  MS, The American University; BS, Washington College

Interests: Cooking, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends

Bio: MS in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology. Masters thesis was on “The Development of Anti-idiotypic monoclonal antibodies to a Tumor specific monoclonal antibody.” Taught Microbiology at Carroll Community College 2011-2012; taught Fundamentals of Biology 2016-2017; was Instructional Technician from April 2015-March 2020.

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Science Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.

Associate Degree in Geology


This program provides students with the fundamental background in the earth sciences, mathematics and physical sciences necessary for transfer into a 4-year institution’s general geology or earth science program.

Because 4-year institutions vary in their requirements, Carroll Community College students are expected to check with ARTSYS and their chosen transfer institution, and to consult an academic advisor at Carroll to select courses that will transfer toward their bachelor's degree. This transfer recommendation is offered for students who have not selected a transfer destination. Most bachelor's degree institutions will accept 60 credits at transfer.

Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.


Many career paths are available to geologists, who can expect to earn a generous salary when employed. With the declining conditions of our planet, they are more crucial than ever to help keep it sustained. That is why there is 10% predicted job growth for geologists through 2024 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).  

Broad employment fields:

  • Environmental investigations and applications
  • Hydrologic planning and management
  • Earth materials and energy exploration
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Natural resources and hazards management
  • Paleontological and archaeological investigations
  • Academia

Wide range of employers:

  • Federal, State, and Local government agencies and laboratories
  • Domestic and international private industries
  • National and State Parks
  • Public and private schools

Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your Geology education by earning an AS degree at Carroll, you'll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical four-year college. 

What does this program cost?

Program runs for 4 semesters and 1 summer course, totaling 60 credits. Visit Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates.  

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Projects and Presentation

Students in Physical Sciences use authentic resources to research a broad range of topics in science, write a scientific paper and communicate their findings to an audience of peers and instructors. 

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STEM Scholars Honors Program

Carroll's STEM Scholars honors program is designed for motivated high school and college students who want to pursue opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics and transfer to a 4-year institution after completion of their Associate degree at Carroll Community College. Find more information about the STEM Scholars Program.

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Field Experiences 

Geology is a field-based science. Students in Geology classes at Carroll participate in numerous field experiences, both physical and virtual, ranging from creating local terrain maps to exploring remote outcrops and discovering fossils, as well as performing onsite, authentic sub-surface investigations. The results of these efforts are shared through the creation of written reports, graphic displays and digital field excursions. 

Real World Experience 

Students learn about real-world applications of science through year-round field trips. Examples of places visited by our students are: 

  • All-day trips to Maryland’s many geological landscapes for on-site learning
  • Science Exploration at Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia
  • Lehigh Cement Company

Other Activities and Clubs 

  • Annual Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference
  • STEM Club
  • American Chemical Society Student Chapter
  • Mole-day and Pi-day celebrations
  • STEM Day to Celebrate Maryland’s STEM Week
  • Service-Learning STEM activities for children at the annual Random House Book Fair