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Geologists work to understand the history and processes of the Earth. These discoveries help drive how we use the resources of our planet and what actions can be taken to sustain our planet for future generations. Beyond identifying rocks, geologists study the different geochemical cycles (i.e. water, carbon, rock), use geologic history to help in biology, identify sources of natural resources, and much more.

We will explore Earth's structure, history, and ways to protect the environment. Barton can help get you started on an exciting career pathway. Check out the list below for possible employment opportunities that involve Geology!

Student Opportunities
Student Opportunities

Barton STEM Club

Barton STEM Club is open to all students interested in science, mathematics, technology and/or engineering. Activities include helping with Jack Kilby Science Day, Mini STEM Days, plus planning other fun events related to science and technology. Come get Involved! Email for more information.
Sponsor: Dr. Amanda Alliband | S-Building S-132 | (620) 792-9330 |

STEM Grants at Barton


Kansas Groundwater Geopaths consists of a 3-year groundwater study supported via National Science Foundation (NSF) funding. Participants include Kansas State University, Barton Community College, and Dodge City Community College. Detailed information concerning the Geopaths study resides here.


The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is a National Science Foundation program that assists colleges and universities in diversifying the workforce entering STEM fields by supporting institutions’ efforts to increase the numbers of students that successfully complete baccalaureate degrees in these fields.

The Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP) promotes recruitment and retention programs throughout Kansas in support of increasing the success of underrepresented minority students (URMs) in STEM fields.

Curriculum Guides
Curriculum Guides

Associate in Science

Check out the Course Search for a full listing of courses available.

Students Preparing to Transfer
Students Preparing to Transfer

Barton Community College's Geology curriculum is designed to provide the general education requirement and core Geology courses for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in Geology. Electives must meet the requirements of the transfer institution. Students should coordinate with their advisor for transfer requirements.

Discover Career Paths
Discover Career Paths

Careers can be found in the following:

  • Petroleum industry
  • Natural Gas industry
  • Oil companies
  • Mining and Geological Engineer
  • Government
  • Resource Management
  • Park Naturalist
  • Soil and Water Conservationist
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Research
  • Seismologist
  • Volcanologist
  • Paleontologist
  • Geoscientist

Visit the What Can I Do with My Major? webpage to find helpful resources on career paths, employers and more!