Geology/Environmental Science/Oceanography Program

Welcome to the Geology program at Red Rocks Community College!

Our program offers courses for an Associate of Science Degree with Designation in Geology, which provides the first two years of course work towards a Bachelor of Science degree in geology for transferring students and is a solid foundation for many related fields.

Our instructors have a wealth of experience to share with students, and we have a variety of course options. We offer many transferable (GT) courses that meet the natural science requirement for AA, AS, AGS, and AAS degrees. Our GT-SC1 lab courses include Physical Geology (GEY 111), Historical Geology (GEY 112, Environmental Geology (GEY 135), Environmental Science (ENV 101), and General Oceanography (NRE 251). For GT-SC2 non-lab courses, we offer Geology of National Parks (GEY 108) and Natural Disasters (ENV 110).

Each term, we also offer a number of short-term weekend classes on specific geologic topics for one, two, or three credits. Examples include a 1-credit course on Rock & Mineral ID, a 2-credit course about Caves, and a 3-credit course on The Geology of Colorado. These are a great way to explore a topic of interest, fill a schedule, and earn college credit.

Nearly all of our courses incorporate field trips as a key part of the educational experience.  We even offer extended Field Courses that provide the opportunity for in-depth geological exploration of geologically-exciting places such as the Big Island of Hawaii. 

Geology is a program within the Science Department at Red Rocks, which is located on the 2nd floor of the west wing on the Lakewood campus. 

We invite you to explore this program further by clicking on the links below and to the left.

Get more information about current course offerings in our program:

Spring 2017 Course Offerings in Geology

Degree in Geology


  • Associate of Science - Geology Area of Study

Please click here to view the Geology degree.

Career Path

  • academia/research
  • petroleum exploration
  • mineral exploration
  • coal exploration
  • industrial minerals exploration
  • hydrogeology

Click here to see more careers.

Guaranteed Transfer

In collaboration with Colorado 4-year schools, Colorado has developed a statewide guaranteed transfer program called "gtPathways" to create seamless transfer. Click here to see the degrees that transfer seamlessly to Colorado public colleges or universities.  Also take a look at our transfer guide.

Tuition Savings

Starting at RRCC makes cents! At about half the cost of a four year university  you will complete all of your general education requirements for the bachelor’s and can take electives geared toward a specific major. By the time you finish your four-year degree you will save a significant amount of money versus attending the first at RRCC and transferring. See current tuition rates and savings here.

Quality Faculty and Small Class Size

At RRCC, we have qualified and accessible faculty with real-world experience, whose primary responsibility is teaching. Our faculty care about our students' success, and with an average class sizes of less than 20 students, you will never be lost in a crowd at RRCC!

Scheduling Options

We offer many scheduling options to fit your busy life so you can complete courses on a more flexible time frame.

Why Choose RRCC?

Deciding where to start your college education is a big decision. Whether you are earning a degree, brushing up on career skills, or seeking life-long learning, you will enjoy an environment of inspiration and support. It is our goal to create an experience that will enrich your life educationally, professionally, and personally to help you succeed!