2022-2023 College Catalog 
    Feb 05, 2023  
2022-2023 College Catalog

Geology Associate in Science for Transfer

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The curriculum in the Geology program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer degree by providing the necessary background in quantitative reasoning as well as physical and earth sciences. This background should provide students with the tools to successfully complete a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science, Geology, or Geophysics. Students who complete the Associate in Science Degree in Geology for Transfer receive priority admission to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion, a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, which can be achieved through transfer.

Please refer to Graduation Requirements  for more information on transfer degree requirements

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Recognize and explain the role of fundamental geologic principles, such as plate tectonic theory and deep time, in the interpretation of observed geologic phenomena.
  • Research, evaluate, and cite scientific information in order to formulate coherent summaries of earth processes.
  • Define the scientific method and apply it to observed geologic phenomena.
  • Interpret geologic processes using underlying chemical properties and physical laws.


Course ID Title Units
GEOL 1   Introduction to Physical Geology 4
GEOL 2  * Historical Geology 4
CHEM 1A  * General Chemistry 5
CHEM 1B  * General Chemistry 5
MATH 3A  * Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
MATH 3B  * Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5



*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

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