Geology

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Associate in Science
Transfer Preparation* (Major Code: 01780)

Designed for students who desire a general background in the field of geology in preparation for transfer to another college or university. Some of the courses listed below require the completion of prerequisites, and students should begin with the study of biology and mathematics.

Geology majors are advised to give first priority to lower-division requirements for the major as they are prerequisites for most upper-division courses. Only as many general education courses should be taken as can be included in the 70-unit transfer limitation, and these must be chosen with care to ensure that they fit into the general education pattern at the transfer school.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Students will have basic knowledge and understanding of the content of modern geology. Specifically, they will be able to explain the nature of tectonic forces in the Earth’s crust and their effects on most geological processes, understand and be able to explain geologic time and fossil record, and understand and be able to explain basic surficial processes and human interrelationships with Earth’s surface.
  • Students will acquire knowledge and demonstrate skills to collect and analyze Earth’s minerals and rocks. Specifically, they will demonstrate the skills necessary to gather and interpret field and other types of geologic data, identify samples of basic mineral and rock material found on Earth’s surface, understand and be able to explain the basic physical and chemical attributes of Earth’s minerals and rocks, and explain how Earth’s basic minerals and rocks form chemically and physically.
  • Students will understand the philosophical, mathematical and physical science foundations of geology. Specifically, they will demonstrate a basic understanding of the physical science foundations of geology.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
BIOL 100 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY 3
BIOL 101 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY 1
GEOL 100 PRINCIPLES OF GEOLOGY 3
GEOL 101 GENERAL GEOLOGY LABORATORY 1
MATH 250 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I 5
 Units13
Second Semester
CHEM 200 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 5
MATH 251 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS II 4
PHYS 270 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS I 3
PHYS 271 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY I 1
 Units13
Third Semester
CHEM 210 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 5
MATH 252 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS III 4
PHYS 272 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II 3
PHYS 273 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY II 1
 Units13
Fourth Semester
MATH 130 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 3
PHYS 274 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS III 3
PHYS 275 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY III 1
 Units7
 Total Units46
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Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses specific to the transfer institution of choice. University requirements vary from institution to institution and are subject to change. Therefore, it is important to verify transfer major preparation and general education requirements through consultation with a counselor in either the Counseling Center or Transfer Center. See catalog Transfer Courses Information section for further information.

To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed.