Geoscience is an all-inclusive term for the sciences related to planet Earth. The formal discipline of the geosciences may include the study of the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere as well as the interactions between them. Typically, geoscientists/engineers will use tools from physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics to build a quantitative understanding of how the Earth system works and how it has developed into its current state. They use their knowledge to increase our understanding of Earth processes and to improve the quality of human life. Their work and career paths vary widely because the geosciences are so broad and diverse.

The goal of the Geosciences Associate in Science degree program is to provide subject matter usually included in the first two years of a four-year baccalaureate degree program in geosciences. The graduate will normally be able to transfer as a junior into a four-year geosciences program.

The Engineering and Science Division offers two Geosciences options:

1. Atmospheric Sciences
2. Earth Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences

Atmospheric scientists study weather processes; the global dynamics of climate; solar radiation and its effects; and the role of atmospheric chemistry in ozone depletion, climate change, and pollution. Meteorology, which is a focus of this option, is the study the atmosphere and atmospheric phenomena, including the weather.

The five primary employers of forecasters and meteorologists are National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the military, TV/ radio stations, education, and consulting meteorology businesses. There are also many other support scientist/engineer positions related to the technical aspects of atmospheric sciences such as radar, computer science, etc.

Degree requirements (PDF)

Earth Sciences

Earth scientists study the interactions of the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere in terms of Earth’s history and the processes that occur here. Many earth scientists are considered to be geologists. According to the National Science Foundation, about 125,000 geoscientists work in the United States. Many geoscientists are employed by industries related to oil and natural gas, mining, and water resources.

Many others are work for federal and state government agencies. Agencies include the U.S. Geological Survey (Department of the Interior), Department of Energy, U.S. Forest Service (Department of Agriculture), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (Department of Commerce), Environmental Protection Agency, and the Army Corps of Engineers. State geological surveys or departments dealing with the environment and natural resources all employ geoscientists.

Degree requirements (PDF)

Geosciences Faculty

Steve Carano

Steve Carano
Geosciences Coordinator & Professor
Meteorologist/Anchor/Storm Chaser KOCO-TV ABC Oklahoma City
(405) 733-7561





Eric Johnson with geology students
Eric Johnson
Professor of Geology
(405) 733-7589




"I never knew how much of a passion I had for paleogeology until I took this class. Learning how the universe and earth were formed was absolutely breathtaking; it made everything else seem so small and insignificant. I took this class because my boss recommended I learn a little more about rocks so I could understand what everyone is talking about at work, but I learned that geology is a lot more than just rocks. It's the study of the foundation of everything on Earth, and it's fascinating. Besides, the field trips are super fun. Fried pies!" 
-Madeline Dillner, former student

"The Geology program at Rose State has far exceeded my expectations, giving me a vast amount of tools that I need to succeed as well as the confidence I need to continue with my studies in the future."
– John Finch, Geosciences graduate

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